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Old 10-29-2014, 12:48 PM   #31
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Cycled 0 Ammonia and 0 trites! I just painted the back of my quarantine and hope to start it this weekend! I put the filters I will use in the DT so hopefully it will cycle quickly and I can have fish in a few weeks! I have gone back and forth but I think I will stick with my 10 g. The only time I will have more than one fish at a time is with my Blue/Green Chromis and my Clowns so I think I will be ok. I think I am going to try 5 Chromis.I will do three then two about 6 weeks apart. What are your thoughts? Is this a good or bad idea? I want to do well this time around so any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:29 AM   #32
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Day 1 QT
Ammonia between 1 and 2 ppm
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:26 PM   #33
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no ph reading? day 2 QT

NH3/NH4- 1 ppm
NO2-between.25 ppm
NO3- 0 ppm
ph-?
I forgot to check ph yesterday so I tested this morning 3 times because i was getting yellow after 5 min. which as you know is not on the high ph color chart.After the first one I thought maybe I did not use correct test so i did it again yelllow. ok so I used the right test maybe I didn't follow the instructions so I read instructions and got the same result yellow.I only have the sponge filter in there with a tad bit of sand which I will be cleaning out(I think some sand came with the filter).Anyway, should I be concerned about no ph reading?If so how do I know if I need to raise or lower it?How do I raise or lower it?
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:03 PM   #34
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No PH reading

ok so something is definitely up. I am still using API test kits. The test will expire in 6/2018.I am adding 5 drops and inverting the tube and waiting 5 minutes and still test color is yellow no where near any shade on the color chart. I even tested my DT and got the same result!What's going on? Please help!
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:09 PM   #35
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Been a whole since I've used the api kits but aren't there 2 bottles for the test and like a minute of hard shaking in between? If you don't follow the directions exactly they will give you a false 0
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:12 PM   #36
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Been a whole since I've used the api kits but aren't there 2 bottles for the test and like a minute of hard shaking in between? If you don't follow the directions exactly they will give you a false 0
That's only for nitrates.pH is 1 test bottle. I suspect faulty test kit. Has it worked before?
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All of the tests have different needs to get a reading. We are looking for ph? I know it's frustrating, but why are we concerned about the ph?


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That's only for nitrates.pH is 1 test bottle. I suspect faulty test kit. Has it worked before?

Haha, I should read the posts better , thought the question was about nitrate, whoops. I agree with Hank though, why are you worried about ph?
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Haha, I should read the posts better , thought the question was about nitrate, whoops. I agree with Hank though, why are you worried about ph?
Aren't you supposed keep you PH at least 8.2? I have also read that low ph can affect the nitrogen cycle.Is this not correct?
I used the test before and it was fine.I always got a reading good or bad.
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Keep the top of the water agitated do oxygen gets in. That's really all you need to worry about in regards to ph. Mine has always been low in my tank. Chasing such a number causes issues. Nothing to worry about.


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