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Old 03-28-2011, 06:05 PM   #21
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My nitrites are at 0.25 ppm

I have a question regarding water testing and PWC. Should the water be tested before or after a change? Or at some other point during the week.

Also a weekly 10g (20%) PWC seems like a bit much from reading other posts. Is it too much?
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:17 PM   #22
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I wouldn't say its too much, a lot depends on your tank. You have to keep the nitrates down and the only way is to do pwc. I've been getting by with 10% on my SW tank but at least 20% on my cichlid tank.

I tend to test a few times a week, but i generally wait til the water mixes for an hour or so if I'm gonna test after a pwc.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:23 PM   #23
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Thank you. I guess I'll have to see my specific tank requirements through testing

I'm so excited I'm almost ready for some fishiesss!!
Kinda nervous too.
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I have some fish and I'm still so excited! It's an ongoing joy.

Any questions always feel free to ask here.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:32 AM   #25
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Awesome, you've helped me so much.

I've got 10 gallons of SW mixed and sitting in the bin since I feel I'll be able to do a water change soon.

I did another round of tests on my water and here are the stats:

KH: 13
PH: 8.3
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.25 ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm
Salinity: 1.023

I thought my nitrates would be higher. They've been at 10 ppm since the 24th. Is that a problem?

Also, I need to find something better than a floating hydrometer. Terribly hard to read. I don't want to put out a bunch of money for a refractometer though. I have to find something.. google here I come.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:36 AM   #26
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I got my refractometer from ebay for $30 one of my prized possessions. LOL

Wre you nitrites higher before? cause your waiting for them to spike then the trates will follow. Are you doing fish only or reef I forgot hehe. SAlinity on reef is a tad higher if ur a reefie.

I keep a bucket of premixed salt water at the ready as well. You never know when youll need it.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:40 AM   #27
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My nitrites were high off of the charts.. at like 10 ppm. Now they're down to 0.25 ppm. I just thought this drop would make the nitrAtes increase because the trites are converted to trates, right?

No reefs. Fish only.

I had a refractometer years ago when I bought a puffer from walmart, knowing nothing, and didn't know it wasn't freshwater (though they kept it in freshwater). I paid $100 for that refractometer, and spent a bunch of money on other things trying to save it. It died. I returned the refractometer.
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Ahh so we are just waiting for your nitrites to fully drop. The trates should go up a bit more by then. I think youre in the home stretch now.

You have to forgive me i see soo many posts in a day sometimes i forget or get lazy and dont read up. lol

Check out ebay. You can get anything there. i got my lights really cheap on there too
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:53 AM   #29
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Can I put you on my "buddies" thingy on here?
You'll be the first!

Home stretch..... weeee!

This SW thing is so expensive. I've easily dropped a grand into it in the past two weeks and that's not including the actual aquarium, stand, and lights I already had.

I ordered that python water changer you mentioned, and now getting this refractometer... sure hope this is the last thing i'll need for a while LOL
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Sure add me, i love having fish buddies lol.

theres always something though. At least lights arent a big concern doing only fish. You saved several hundred right there. hehe...but yeah the python and refractometer are life savers.
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