Just wanted to start off saying this is a great forum, and someone owes my employer about 8 hours of work today.
Anywho... here's my situation.
I was given a saltwater aquarium setup (in part) for Xmas, which I have wanted for a long while, but was unable to take the plunge.
It consists of:
47g Vertical Top Fin Aquarium w/ stand.
Glass canopy w/ light.
Rena XP canister filter
Instant Ocean Salt
Yesterday, I bought 40lbs of live sand, which seems to be enough due to the profile of the tank, put it in the tank, and mixed the salt in.
After the water cleared today, I used the Aquarium Pharm kit I bought, to test the PH
and Nitrates of the water to have a baseline for the rest of my tests.
came back as between 7.8 and 8.0 (hard to tell, in direct light its closer to 7.8, if I tilt it a little bit, it matches 8.0 perfectly).
In addition, the nitrates came back as 10ppm.
Is this normal? Ideal SW
should be 8.2 ph
, and nitrates at 0ppm I thought. Should I give it a few days to even out, or should I get some additives before putting in the live rock this weekend?
I also just plugged in the heater a little while ago, and tested the salinity, which came back at a 1.022.
Thanks in advance guys, for any suggestions you could provide! =)