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Old 10-11-2014, 05:28 PM   #1
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Saltwater 40 g breeder diary

Day 1
Salinity1.020
2 ppm ammonia
7.8 ppm PH
50 lbs sand
50 - 60 lbs of base rock

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Old 10-13-2014, 03:43 PM   #2
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PH 7.8 ppm
Ammonia .25 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 10 ppm
Added ammonia to 3 ppm
Now testing every day. May have fish ahead of schedule! Is it possible to have ammonia but
0 Nitrite? I am using the rock from my 45 g and put the sponge filters I am using for quarantine tank(I left them in saltwater saved from 45g).

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Old 10-14-2014, 03:13 PM   #3
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Measured Ammonia,Trite and trate only today.
NH3/NH4+-.5 ppm
NO2 - -0-did test 3 times same result
NO3- -10 ppm
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What are you using as an ammonia source?
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What are you using as an ammonia source?
I am using Dr. Timm's Ammonium Chloride solution for Fishless Cycle
I am following the directions on their website.The thing is I am also following the instruction on the tests for API and according to Dr. Timms test kits are inaccurate. So do i adjust the reading or do I not follow their instructions and make the solution match the tests? If I need to adjust the results of the API tests how do I do it?
Right now I am doing a combination of the two.The instructions say to dose to 3ppm but the solution doses to 2ppm if you add a drop per gallon so I added 38(number of gallons)+ half the number of gallons to bring it to 3 ppm.The ammonia tested at 1ppm so I add 2ppm to make three.
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I am using Dr. Timm's Ammonium Chloride solution for Fishless Cycle
I am following the directions on their website.The thing is I am also following the instruction on the tests for API and according to Dr. Timms test kits are inaccurate. So do i adjust the reading or do I not follow their instructions and make the solution match the tests? If I need to adjust the results of the API tests how do I do it?
The API tests are fine. I would just add more ammonia to match the ppm suggestions.
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NH3/NH4- .25 ppm
NO2- 0 ppm
NO3- 20 ppm
Added more ammonia to 3 ppm 116 drops
I discovered I was not following the instructions for the Nitrate test correctly.i wasn't shaking it for a minute to complete the test.
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NH3/NH4-1 ppm
NO2- 0 ppm
NO3- 20 ppm

I think I need to get a new test kit...I was thinking Seachem. Thoughts?
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NH3/NH4- between .5 and 1 ppm
NO2-between 0 and .25 ppm
NO3- 40 ppm
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