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Old 02-29-2004, 02:44 AM   #11
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I think the nitrate reading of 12.5 is odd too. If the plants are yellowing, and the fish weren't producing enough waste for them yet (because the fish are still small, maybe) then I would expect the nitrate to be closer to 0 (or at least a lower number than 12.5). I agree with the others that getting your water tested at the lfs is a good idea too. I also agree with your decision not to get too many fish, too fast.
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Old 03-11-2004, 05:43 PM   #12
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Here it is a couple of weeks later, and my water readings are still the same.

pH=8.0
GH=8
KH=2
NH3=0
NO2=0
NO3=12.5

I now have 6 fish in the tank (see my sig). All seem to be doing well. The plants stopped yellowing since I put a new bulb in and added some plant fertilizer (only once so far). In fact, the waterweed is growing like gangbusters.
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Hi elmonty,
Sounds like you've found the perfect balance between fish and fertilizer, and the tank is stable! What kind of bulb did you get?

P.S. I like your avatar! 8)

P.P.S. Thanks for the kudos!
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Old 03-11-2004, 11:32 PM   #14
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The only problem is, that most LFS that I've seen.. Do nothing more than pull a test kit off the shelf and use that.


So unless your test kit somehow got contaminated, The results are usually the same.
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I think the bulb is an Aqua-Glo 20W 18000K flourescent.
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