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Old 03-09-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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API Test Colorblindness

Ok so I think I am colorblind because my boyfriend and I can never seem to agree on what color values are what. What do you think? Day 13 of cycle with live rock and sand
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:26 PM   #2
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Hi your ph looks about 7.8, ammonia looks about 0, nitrite is roughly 0.25-0.50 & nitrate looks like its on the bottom number.
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Ya sorry I cut off the nitrate values. So inset them up close to the. Poor guide but not touching. If you set the tubes against the white background actually touching the values seem darker but lighter if not touching. Which way is the right way any idea?
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Wow my autocorrect totally messed up that message. Guess I should proof read first! Basically do you put the tubes against the white background touching or not touching because they look darker when touching. They aren't touching the color guide in the picture
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The way you have it set up in the picture is fine.
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Any thoughts on my low ph? It's never been higher than 7.8.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:52 PM   #7
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Don't worry about your pH until you're done cycling. In the mean time, you can point your powerheads towards the surface to increase agitation. Getting more air in your water will increase your pH. Just don't add any buffers until your cycle is done, and IF you need to.
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Ya I read about the power heads and did that a day or two ago. When would you recommend adding a buffer? Under 8.0? Also I'm assuming after I'm done cycling and have done my water changes to bring nitrates down the if its low I'd buffer. Correct?
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What kind of water are you using while you cycle? Rodi?

Yes, wait to buffer until after you've brought your nitrates down once your cycle has been completed.
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Yes I buy rodi water from my lfs
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