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Old 03-22-2014, 01:23 AM   #11
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Ooeer, bacterial bloom do you think? Looking forward to the next ammonia reading! More action than I thought
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Sounds fun! I am following
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:39 AM   #13
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I hope it's a bacterial bloom! It has definitely gotten extremely hazy today, although I wouldn't say it has reached "cloudy" yet. It does seem really early for it though, but I'm not sure what else it could be. Hoping for some reduced ammonia when I take tomorrow's readings.
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Definitely following this! Good luck with this!!!
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:54 AM   #15
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Tests 3/22

Interesting returns today. Keep in mind this is only day 4.

pH 7.4
Temp 85
TDS 97
P03/4 7
kH 8
gH 0-1
Nh3/4 12ppm

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pH has dropped very significantly, now represented by the low end of the High pH test and the high end of the normal pH test.

Ammonia has definitely gone down. I'm estimating 12 because the color was between 2 and 4 (and I dilute it to 1/4 tank water, so multiple my chart result *4)

PO3/4 has MAYBE dropped. Unfortunately this test is very difficult to read, but I guess 7 and my hubby did as well. I wouldn't say this is significant since I cannot be totally sure.

Once the pH drops to 7.0 I will be re-dosing baking soda. Based on the significant activity I am seeing, I'll be testing again tomorrow.
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You never cease to grab my attention Jen ! I'm a bit late on this but I've noticed that fucia purple ph color when I dump a vile in the sink with running water.. My tap doesn't test anywhere close to that color nor my tank? I've never put much useful thought into it. but now maybe you can! You're way better at the thought thing than I am : Processingbeeboopbeep:
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I guess I just assumed it was somewhere between the reddish orange and the purple on the card. It was overall just totally different from anything I have seen!!

The current pH looks like something I have seen for sure!
Maybe I will just re-dose it with baking soda and check it again. If it turns mega purple again then I know it just means "off the chart"

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I think I remember you saying you have pretty soft tap water? Maybe it's just the pre-gassed off result?? I have some soft city water over here.. Just checked my municipal water reports and only .011 ppm nitrate! Fishes love it! Ok back on topic! I'm tired..
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I think I remember you saying you have pretty soft tap water? Maybe it's just the pre-gassed off result?? I have some soft city water over here.. Just checked my municipal water reports and only .011 ppm nitrate! Fishes love it! Ok back on topic! I'm tired..
Oh nah this was boosted up way over my tap water. Out of tap my water is 7.0 and I added baking soda to make the pH way higher for the cycle.
That's why I am assuming it was off the chart, but I picked 8.4 just because I have no idea what it's supposed to look like in the middle of the card where it suddenly goes from a reddish color to a purple color.
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This already says to me that the cycle would stall. The instructions do not ask you to buffer the water at the start or during the cycle.

Unfortunately this cycle would stall without intervention.
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