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Old 12-28-2008, 03:36 PM   #61
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my SG went up to 1.026... should i be worried at all by this? can it wait till the cycle is complete to be corrected so i can tackle it at the first pwc?


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Old 12-28-2008, 03:40 PM   #62
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You should add topoff water as it evaporates to keep the tank fully filled and the sg right. If you let the sg swing too much, it'll kill the critters you have
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Old 12-28-2008, 03:46 PM   #63
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how much do you think i should add? there is 20 gallons total in the tank.... the tank is still full

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Old 12-28-2008, 03:49 PM   #64
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check the equipment bays, the one with the return pump should be getting low. fill er up with fresh water.
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all the bays are up? should i just syphen a little out and put a little in?

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Old 12-28-2008, 04:07 PM   #66
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honestly 1.026 isnt that bad, i would wait till some water evaporates out then just top off with freshwater. should eventually bring it down.
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Old 12-28-2008, 04:44 PM   #67
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todays readings
ph 8.4
SG 1.026
no2 0
n03 0
Amonia .5 ppm

that means the cycle has started right?

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Old 12-30-2008, 03:11 PM   #68
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todays reading

Amonia is .25 ppm?
no2 is 0
no3 is between 0 and 5
ph 8.2
SG 1.026


what does all this mean?

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Old 12-30-2008, 03:15 PM   #69
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IIRC you put in an ammonia source, right? Shrimp or food or something (sorry, I guess I could just re read the thread)

It appears your cycle is starting. You should continue to see ammonia rise, and eventually you'll start to see the nitrIte (no2) start to rise. When both of those rise and then fall back to 0, you're all done. Make sure to maintain an ammonia source.
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so i should keep putting food in?

why did my amonia fall?
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