The cycle is going great. Yes, getting close just still waiting for the nitrites to start dropping.
Here are today's test results and we have a couple of questions at the end.
temp 76 F
This is the 3nd day in a row of 0 ammonia for the 10. Very exciting for us! We're just waiting for the nitrites to start dropping. We haven't seen any life at all in the 10, so not as concerned on the dosings and readings. We'll continue to add the 35 drops of Ace ammonia brings that brings the 10 gal
. to 4ppm each day and just wait out full the cycle.
We did a small (4 gallon) water change on the 30 to help bring some of the nitrates down and dosed 1 drop per gal
. of the Ace ammonia to keep feeding the beneficail bacteria.
D saw a small (1/4") white shrimp last night hanging out by some white base rock. Any idea what it might be?
I've been hearing clicking/snapping at night when the lights are off. Any idea on that?
Should the temp. on the 10 gal
. be closer to 80? (I know not as important now, but want to make sure we're ready for fish/snails when the time comes.
Should we turn the temp down on the 30?
Is it ok to add a small amount of baking soda to bring the pH up to 8, or is 7.8 OK? Are there any other ways to bring the pH up a little? - maybe some crushed coral in the filter?
We're planning on ordering the lighting upgrade on Friday for the 30. The 10 only has incandescent, so we know it's not effecient - but also, the light stopped working. Are there LEDs that can screw into the socket? That would save a little $ over purchasing a new hood. Or would a basic T8 flourescent be better? - planning on just keeping it QT/FOWLR