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Old 10-30-2012, 03:49 AM   #21
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Thanks for the comments on my tank and stand!
New Readings
Ammonia~ 0
Nitrites~ 0.5
Nitrates~25
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:18 PM   #22
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Thanks for the comments on my tank and stand!
New Readings
Ammonia~ 0
Nitrites~ 0.5
Nitrates~25
Nitrates should drop to zero soon!
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:52 PM   #23
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Little off topic, my water readings are about the same... But my pH has been 7.8 and has stayed there for 2 weeks now. I've used a buffer to increase with no changes for 3 days .... Any suggestions how to raise? I did crack a window today heard that helps diffuse c02 in the air.
Low alk causes low ph have you checked that?
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:44 PM   #24
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Low alk causes low ph have you checked that?
No I haven't. I didn't purchase a test kit for that... I'm assuming its a water test? My lfs said its common for a new tank to have low pH.
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Thoughts of using charcoal filters w new tanks?

-- 2 different stores gave me two different answers ..
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:48 AM   #26
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Thoughts of using charcoal filters w new tanks?

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Ive never used carbon in 3 years good skimmer and pwc will go a long way
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:59 AM   #27
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Thoughts of using charcoal filters w new tanks?

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Some people use charcoal, some don't. It's up to you. Part of the purpose of charcoal is to remove tiny bits of sediment, remove odors and help to clear the water.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:41 PM   #28
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I use charcoal works well I see no harm in some extra chemical help in a closed system. I do weekly water changes also.purigen is another chemical that really makes water sparkle. I was wary at first but my friend at lfs uses it and said that I would notice a difference in clarity I said my water is clear so I tried it he was right sparkling.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:51 PM   #29
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Nitrates should drop to zero soon!
NitrAtes will not drop to 0, NitrItes on the other hand will.
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:57 PM   #30
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Looks really good I like your setup alot
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