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Old 12-26-2011, 03:27 AM   #21
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Yes but in a cycled tank it's no problem.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:36 AM   #22
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Yes but in a cycled tank it's no problem.
Right cause it would convert within 24 hrs..
I'm testing my 20g... Uh oh
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:11 AM   #23
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OH BOY... gonna be a LONG night!!

29g:

Ph- 8.2
Am- 0 ppm
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 160 ppm

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20g:

Ph- 7.6
Am- 0 or .25 ppm The light was unsure.. Possible 0
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 160 ppm

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10g:

Ph- 8.2
Am- 0 ppm
Nitrite- 0 ppm
Nitrate- 160 ppm
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:36 AM   #24
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How long after PWC should I retest?
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Old 12-26-2011, 04:47 AM   #25
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How long after PWC should I retest?
Half an hour to an hour to allow the new water time to circulate IMO. I don't think there's any need to test after each PWC. If its reading say 80ppm and your doing a 50% PWC you can assume its about 40ppm.
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Test your tap water for nitrates too.
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Half an hour to an hour to allow the new water time to circulate IMO. I don't think there's any need to test after each PWC. If its reading say 80ppm and your doing a 50% PWC you can assume its about 40ppm.
Okay.... So I did a 50% on my 10g fry tank and that would make me assume it is approx 80 ppm now, right?

I was ever so quiet in doing the PWC... it's hard cause it's 1am.. 2 people are sleeping.. Was soooo hard without splashing water buckets and tub water running.
Would it be horrible to wait till morning to do the 20g & 29g? I hate to wait... It's like giving a disgustingly dirty dog a bath... I feel sooo good when I plug that filter in after a WC. I know they feel better afterwards..
What do you think? :-/
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Test your tap water for nitrates too.
Out of the tap at 20 ppm
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Okay.... So I did a 50% on my 10g fry tank and that would make me assume it is approx 80 ppm now, right?

I was ever so quiet in doing the PWC... it's hard cause it's 1am.. 2 people are sleeping.. Was soooo hard without splashing water buckets and tub water running.
Would it be horrible to wait till morning to do the 20g & 29g? I hate to wait... It's like giving a disgustingly dirty dog a bath... I feel sooo good when I plug that filter in after a WC. I know they feel better afterwards..
What do you think? :-/
They will be ok till morning IMO. Only a few more hours wont be too bad .

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Out of the tap at 20 ppm
Ok that would explain why they are so high! They won't come down by halves if your removing half then adding tap water at 20ppm. You are going to have to do large frequent PWC (50% twice a week maybe) to help keep them under control. You'll never get it under 20ppm unless the tank is very heavily planted.
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They will be ok till morning IMO. Only a few more hours wont be too bad .

Ok that would explain why they are so high! They won't come down by halves if your removing half then adding tap water at 20ppm. You are going to have to do large frequent PWC (50% twice a week maybe) to help keep them under control. You'll never get it under 20ppm unless the tank is very heavily planted.
So my tap water sucks!
The taste of it is nasty which is why it was a horrible thought my little ones are swimming in it...
I'm testing that tank now just out of curiosity to see what it reads..
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