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Old 06-19-2011, 11:30 PM   #141
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Also still have a lot of green hair algae, not as much because I've been more mindful of my lights and running them a lot less
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:31 PM   #142
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Yes if your population of bacterium can convert nitrites to nitrates faster then ammonia to nitrite then you will never see any nitrites... also some algae will take nitrites right out of the water.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:34 PM   #143
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The algae did bring my trates right down from about 40 to 20, then after a pwc I've been at 5/10 but the stuff is so ugly I've been thinking lawnmower blenny, but I'm also worried it's to soon to add more livestock, and if I do add one and he eats all the algae my nitrates may go back into unreasonable areas
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I turned the lights off for two days seemed to help some what, also picked up a green crab to eat some of the remaining algae the lawn mower was twice the price so I opted for the crab i think it's an emerald crab, was this a good choice?
probably just keep an eye on it and see if it helps
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Old 06-21-2011, 09:46 AM   #145
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Ok ran my tests again last night and
Am 0
Trite 0
Trate 5 or 10

I'm very excited that it seems to have cycled! Doin a 10 gal weekly pwc tonight
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Very nice. Looks good! Just keep an eye on the ammonia and you should be set.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:39 AM   #147
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What would be appropriate to start slowly adding to the tank in terms of live stock?
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:15 PM   #148
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What should I test for when I'm done making it?? I have a tds meter the closer to zero the better right?
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Yep thats what i'd do. i tested my tap water before and then after. striking difference.
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