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Old 01-03-2015, 10:52 PM   #31
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I have a refractometer on the way in the mail, and will be hitting a LFS tommorow to see about different test kits.

Is this good news though? The green diatom/algae that is hitting my tank is developing white spots on it, of bare rock....





Also, the green algae, the bright green stuff is really hard to get off the glass. It reminds me of coraline almost.
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Well, that gross mess is telling you there are nitrates in the water. Fresh out of your cycle right? It would make sense. Just turn your lights off. Do a big water change and scrub the rocks in the water you changed out.
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Old 01-04-2015, 12:17 AM   #33
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How come the nitrate test gives me zeroes? And yeah I think the cycle is done. Tank has been up for a couple months. I'll try and scrub what I can. Most of my rock is semi permanently attached.
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You are testing 0 for nitrates, and would for phosphates as well, because there is so much algae growth it is all being consumed. A false 0 if you will.
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I think I'll hve to scrub with the rocks in, and change out the water right away.
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What causes the phosphates and nitrates to spike at the end of a cycle?
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The nitrate cycle itself. The process of converting ammonia to nitrites and nitrites to nitrates. As things decompose they mainly turn into nitrates, but also phosphates on a much smaller level...think 10%.
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Well that's good news lol. After I clean up the algae and do my water change, how long till I can safely add some snails and perhaps some hermits and a fish?
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You probably could add now. The cycle is done and it takes really high nitrates to be deadly to fish. Just make sure you drip acclimate everything and add SLOWLY.
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K sounds good. I'll keep you posted.
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