Phosphates in a Newly Cycled Tank...Where did it come from??
My 40 Gallon breeder just completed it's cycle with a cocktail shrimp:
Water Parameters are:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 pmm
Nitrate: 10 pmm
Specific Gravity: 1.024
Temp: 78 F
I went ahead and tested for Phosphates....just because I had the test available and I was curious.
It came out to be: 0.5ppm
Why? I am using RO
water with registers 0 ppm
with a TDS
meter. I have added nothing to the tank except for the shrimp...which has now dissolved in the tank completly. I have CPR Bak Pak 2R skimmer...which has been getting quite a bit of Skimmate despite no livestock in the tank yet. I am using Instant Ocean Sea Salt...which states it has NO
Any idea where it is coming from??
90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches
40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB
(2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.
3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)