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post #61 of 266 Old 01-15-2014, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Well I'm being as patient as I can I'm still adding prime and testing water every day today's test stay the same than yesterday I'm still worry About ammonia water change schedule day is next Friday any advice ? Or should I keep the same pattern? 25% water change prime 5x the dose

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post #62 of 266 Old 01-15-2014, 08:50 PM
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hopefully your gh/kh test kit will arrive soon.either your water is soft or something else is causing the drop in ph.organic material can cause the drop also.fish waste or dead plant matter could be the culprit.they produce acid.have you been keeping up with gravel vacs? i will pm rickey and see if he can chime in.see if we are missing something.




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post #63 of 266 Old 01-15-2014, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Yes the best that I can I have schedule wc a week to keep it clean I get to the point of moving decorations To clean underneath

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post #64 of 266 Old 01-16-2014, 04:44 AM
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post #65 of 266 Old 01-16-2014, 05:40 AM
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I get to the point of moving decorations To clean underneath
You may not want to get to this point, Carlos! Were it me, I'd treat the surface areas with kid gloves right now to prevent disturbing those baby bacterial colonies. . . just a thought! It is certainly possible to over-clean a tank - especially when it's newly establishing.



Thanks for taking the time, Ricky - and ALL of you who are trying to help our friend Carlos with this! *hugs*
All of your input and time is very much appreciated! ^__^
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post #66 of 266 Old 01-16-2014, 06:34 AM
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Excellent advise so far nothing I can really add
Without KH and gH test There is no definite answer. I suspect a low carbonate/bicarbonate level is the answer for low pH. Nitrite (NO2-) forms nitrous acid (HNO2) which is driving the pH. So what do we do at this point, Ideally get rid of the nitrite. The problem become that the low pH tends to limit the very bacteria we are try to grow. So that leaves the short term solution and the long term solution to rise the pH The short terms solution sodium bicarbonate (this will rocket the pH up to its equilibrium point) The long term is calcium carbonate this is slower but much more stable over the long haul. But in any case who have to get the pH up. If it was my aquarium I would dose it sodium bicarbonate but you really need a KH test kit to do this. That leaves adding calcium carbonate in the form of crushed coral, crushed seashells, cuttlebone or dried egg shells.

If I were you I would really start drinking bottled water. The EPA Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for nitrite is 1 mg/L or 1 ppm if you have 1 ppm your Water Authority is very near violation.

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post #67 of 266 Old 01-16-2014, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Ok not disturb surface got it chesh :)

Rickey I'm just waiting on that test kit :)

And don't worry im not drinking that water I buy bottled water

Thanks guys for all your help I really appreciate all the advice I'm getting from you :)

Pd: I noticed people edit for spelling or grammar I just want to ask you all to excuse my grammar and if at some point what I write looks confusing don't hesitate to ask me what am I trying to say :)
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post #68 of 266 Old 01-16-2014, 07:56 AM
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Don't sweat it. You're doing as good as any and better than many.
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post #69 of 266 Old 01-16-2014, 09:14 AM
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You're fine, Carlos! As Hal said - you do better than many around here - and English is their native language! lol. No worries. We understand you just fine! <3
Keep up the good work over there! You're doing a great job, getting the BEST advice, and following it. I worry when I see your frustration, I know just how you must feel. This too, soon shall pass - and you better believe we're ALL going to be cheering when those tests read ZERO! PARTY IN THE CHAT ROOM when that day comes! *hugs*

Can't wait for your kH/gH test to arrive! Hopefully that'll help. . .
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Ok not disturb surface got it chesh :)

Rickey I'm just waiting on that test kit :)

And don't worry im not drinking that water I buy bottled water

Thanks guys for all your help I really appreciate all the advice I'm getting from you :)

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