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Old 02-08-2016, 12:36 AM   #11
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It's been a while since I've posted here, but I'm back.

Today I picked up a 100w Aqueon adjustable heater (I couldn't find a 50w), a hood with two 25w bulbs, a Quietflow 20 filter, and a digital thermometer.

I started setting it up and it looks great so far (pictures to come when it isn't so cloudy due to sand, but that's going away already). I tested the parameters to see where I stood before I started cycling and it reads as follows:
Ammonia- 0 ppm
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 0 ppm
pH- 8.4

I test with Api Master Test Kit.
But I was wondering, is a pH of 8.4 too high? I know pH isn't super important as long as it's consistent, but I just like to do things right.

I took one of the two cartridges from my established 75g and put in the new filter to get a jump-start on my cycle.

The only question I have is about the escargot shells. I noticed some didn't sink like the others. What should I do to fix this?
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:34 AM   #12
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I think that multis like the higher pH and harder water, so you should be fine IMO. For the shells, there is most likely just air trapped inside, so tilting them and turning them around underwater should get the air out of the spiral.
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:41 PM   #13
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Neolamprologus Multifasciatus Tank

Today I'm reading:
Ammonia- .5 ppm
Nitrite- .25 ppm
Nitrate- 5.0 ppm

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Edit: I forgot to mention that the shells did have air in them and once I got that out they sunk. Thanks for the help!
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Old 02-09-2016, 01:59 PM   #14
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I'm reading as follows:
Ammonia- 1.0 ppm
Nitrite- .5 ppm
Nitrate- 5.0 ppm
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Day 4-

Had quite a bit of an ammonia spike compared to yesterday.

Ammonia- 4.0 ppm
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 5 ppm
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Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: .25ppm
Nitrate: 40ppm

Since nitrates have risen quite a bit, I plan to do a water change tonight to bring them back down. But now we have no ammonia and very little nitrites.
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I have a 20 gallon waiting for 8 Multis next month. Already have the escargot shells.
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The tank is finally cycled!
I've got fish that shipped out yesterday and should be here soon.
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