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Old 02-19-2011, 10:06 PM   #11
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Yes, yes I know. So time wise Im good when nitrates hit zero, and this could take any amount of time. Should I do a full water change or a partal water change everyother day? Am I still good to use declorinated tap water for the change? Also should I scrub the rock everyother day with the water change?
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:22 PM   #12
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Here is the best pic I could get of that plant algea. Not sure what it is, but Im going to change the water and scrub the rock, should I remove it?
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:18 PM   #13
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Man Im asking a lot of questions, I know I sound like an idiot, sorry.

These are some pics of the test I did a little while ago. I also did a drip of the nitrate and got basically the same result. Was going to snap a few pics but dumped the vile not thinking. Anyways, am I good? Or is this just something thats going to rise then fall.

I did the water change and scrubbing early yesterday morning. The rock has been in bin for a total of 4 days with powerhead and heater.
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:20 PM   #14
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did you check for ammonia and nitrite?
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:22 PM   #15
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Dont have the ammonia or nitrite drip test. The second one down on the strip is nitrite and it seems low.
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ammonia and nitrite are the important tests. i would make sure the parameters are right. for 20-25 bucks, you can have all of the test kits. you NEED them for this hobby.
i would not subject my system to that rock until i knew for sure.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:33 PM   #17
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So dont trust the test strips?
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:52 PM   #18
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i wouldn't. in a pinch they are better than nothing, but i'd rather use them on my swimming pool than my reef!
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:59 PM   #19
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Just tested the ammoina. Apparently I had the test kit. I found test kits for calcium, nitrate, ammonia, ph, and alk. I knew I bought them at some point. Ive just been doing quick test strips every few weeks, totally forgot about the kits.

Anyway ammoina is at 1.0 so looks like I got some more waiting to do. How long does this usually take?
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i believe it depends how much dead stuff is on the rock to begin with, but probably a couple weeks to a month, tops.
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