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Old 03-21-2012, 02:59 PM   #261
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Milwaukee sms122 controller. Used it for years with my planted tanks. The API kit could be reading 8.4, it's close. But they seem to be pretty close to each other.
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PO4 is at 1ppm. Nitrate at 10. Nitrite at 2. Ammonia holding at 2. Won't be long now.

I assume the PO4 is coming from the dead shrimp. Does this mean I need to adjust my skimmer?
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PO4 is at 1ppm. Nitrate at 10. Nitrite at 2. Ammonia holding at 2. Won't be long now.

I assume the PO4 is coming from the dead shrimp. Does this mean I need to adjust my skimmer?
What does PO4 stand for?
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Phosphates.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:51 PM   #266
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During the cycle all you need to check is ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. All other parameters are suspect until the tank chemistry settles down.

During the cycle I recommend not running the skimmer and minimal lights. The skimmer if probably broken in by now so it's up to you whether to continue or not.

You need to see the ammonia drop to 0 as well as the nitrite. Then the big (35%-50%) PWC. That's when you want to start testing everything. After a week of steady readings you're ready to start adding some life.

BTW, did the postman bring anything new today?
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Not today... I guess it should arrive tomorrow.

Understood on the testing... Just had to try out my Hanna checker and was surprised the reading was so high.

Going to go ahead and shut the skimmer off. I think it is broke in. Skimmed a lovely smelling bouquet over the past few days .
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They do get funky. Not much worse than getting a snnot full on the way to dumping it. Good ole USPS. Always a day late.
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Package arrived Seymour... thanks!

Do I just let the ball float in the fuge? It is tumbling around pretty good in there.

Also, definitely seeing a diatom outbreak. I have the lights way down still, but looks like they are growing anyway... seeing it on the glass, rock, and sand...
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Yep just let it float. The tumbling is good. Diatoms are ugly as crap but go away pretty soon.

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