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Old 11-29-2011, 08:14 PM   #11
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yeah i used 3x jumbo shrimp and will be testing the water and trying to keep it at about 4ppm. for the past week its been at .25ppm ammonia but its turning some of it into nitrates so im glad im seeing that there must be a small amount of BB
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:38 PM   #12
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BB?

My ammonia is @ 4 already and staying steady...I'm going to be wondering about it for the next 3 days lol
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:47 PM   #13
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Benificial Bacteria = BB

it will get rather toxic im sure
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:08 AM   #14
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Woo hoo! My levels are up already! I couldn't resist checking again before I left for New York. My ammonia is 5.0, nitrites are 4.0 and nitrates are almost @ the 20 colour lol. How can this be though? I thought to get the nitrites up so high that first I'd need to have the nitrates up because nitrites turn into nitrates...please enlighten me!
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Old 11-30-2011, 01:09 AM   #15
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P.S. I didn't think I'd EVER be excited to have toxic, smelly water in my living room
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:08 AM   #16
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Im not sure about the reasoning behind it but my FW 75 gallon did that, I had all 3 at the same time. thats working fast however, I added 3 shrimp and I have only risen my Ammonia to .5 from .25 in about 5 hours
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:10 AM   #17
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I'd remove the shrimp before you leave if not too late. That ammonia level is high enuf IMO. And an earlier poster is correct, in that it'll likely smell real bad when you get back.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:09 PM   #18
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I didn't see that post until I was back, there was no smell though. I talked to the guy @ my LFS and he says it's cycling pretty fast. My Ammonia went off the chart and is back down already to .5 so I threw another shrimp in yesterday. My Nitrates are coming back down and my Nitrites are pretty high still. My pH is 7.8 which is acceptable, but how do I get this down? When do I start doing water changes? I've had to add more when I got home because in the four days the water level dropped an inch or so.
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:28 PM   #19
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I also have some questions about water in the reef tanks (which it will be eventually).

1. Does hardness matter?
2. No RO unit, can I use the big bottles of water until I get one?
3. I have the reef salt, what else do I need to test for? API mater kit is coming now, so Nitrates, nitrates, pH, ammonia, calcium, and what else?
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U don't want to get the ph down u want to get it up around 8.1
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