Thanks Robo on that SG
level info......I haven't tried any binders yet to control ammonia; would like to avoid that if possible.
Damien...the tester kit that I have been using is called the 5 tests in one and it is made by Jungle. The ph
chart does not indicate high or low test just starting at 7.0 (medium orange color and going all the way up to 8.8 which is a medium/dark magenta. Well, wait a sec....I they do say 7.0 and 7.1 is too low and then 7.9 acceptable , 8.4 ideal and then 8.8 too high. The are strips and I think they are a little hard to read because the levels/colors on the strip after dipping do not seem to be real distinct.
I am going to add some more salt and get that up more into the mid range...just have a hunch that might help ph
and amonia readings. Gues I better start looking for a protein skimmer....( do you keep the hang over the back still on when you are using a skimmer)....then should have a power head as well. Thanks