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Old 12-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #91
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If one were very VERY type-A (like me!) we could also look at this:
The optimum pH range for Nitrosomonas is between 7.8-8.0.
The optimum pH range for Nitrobacter is between 7.3-7.5


And then tailor the pH for each step of the cycle...


Understand I am not suggesting that any layman take on something this complicated.
What I really want from all of this is easier instructions, not harder.

I think aiming for 7.5 is good though, and easily done with just baking soda.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #92
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Is there a test kit out there that will test over 5ppm ammonia or nitrite?

eh, probably, but I don't know that I love science enough to spend extra on those =|
It IS a little annoying though that some of my results are simply "off the charts". I would rather have a NUMBER there, especially in pursuit of SCIENCE!

Also I guess API weren't expecting anybody to have ammonia up at that level when the made the test. How much if your test kit are you using on this anyway lol
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:22 PM   #93
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I just ordered a new Master Test Kit with my amazon order.....
Good thing they are so cheap on Amazon


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If one were very VERY type-A (like me!) we could also look at this:
The optimum pH range for Nitrosomonas is between 7.8-8.0.
The optimum pH range for Nitrobacter is between 7.3-7.5


And then tailor the pH for each step of the cycle...


Understand I am not suggesting that any layman take on something this complicated.
What I really want from all of this is easier instructions, not harder.

I think aiming for 7.5 is good though, and easily done with just baking soda.

Yes I'm completely with you on this. Could we not keep it at 7.6 as a compromise? That the exact ph of my tap water too!

Yes I'm saying we as I want me name on the Nobel piece prize for this experiment too :p

It's my bedtime now 11:24pm!
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:26 PM   #95
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Sorry I didn't see that post 7.5 would be good
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:37 PM   #96
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I'll try for 7.6
I have at least a week before I can set this up, so we can agree on all parameters by then. So don't worry, you won't miss anything going to bed
Plus I'll still be up after you get up hehe
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:27 PM   #97
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Sounds like it's $1/gallon time at Petco!!!
I think I'll go pick up 2 5's for this project!! I hope they have them...
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lol They have Nobel prizes for biology and chemistry too. The prize money would buy a lot of fish stuff.
If you have extra soft water like I have (4 dKH in summer, 2 dKH in winter) and you go to pressurized CO2, pH swings and buffering capacity becomes a fascinating new world. lol OS.
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How many ml is 1ppm ammonia anyway? How are we on the original bucket?
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The bucket is really small, it was about 1.25ml to get to 4ppm. Now that you mention it, it's going to be tough to dose .25ppm ammonia!

NitrItes 14 hours ago were around 5. Yesterday they were 3ish, and day before only .5. I will do the next test in 10 hours. I'll check nitrAtes this time as well to see if any are starting to appear, but probably not yet.
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