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Old 12-25-2008, 11:53 PM   #11
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How old are you bulbs?
which bulbs?

The UV filter is brand new.
The shop light above the tanks tubes are about a year old.
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Old 12-26-2008, 12:33 AM   #12
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ok today's reading is :

Nitrate = 10

Nitrite = 1.0

Ammonia = .25
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yep thats a solid cycle underway. you will see the nitrites and ammonia spike then drop to zero. Im guessing your levels have already spiked and your almost done with the cycle.
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Trippy.

Thanks for the input!
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on a lark I tested the tap water.... since I have a deep well I wondered what the reading were right out of the tap.

Nitrate = 10
Nitrite = .25
ammonia = 0

That's interesting.
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Old 12-26-2008, 11:29 PM   #16
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nitrate = 20
Nitrite = 1 or 2, the colors are so close and my eyes are so old.... lets say 1.5
Ammonia -.25

I took the sterilizer out of the tank, since it is no longer green, I can see the back of the tank, however the water has a light milky haze to it.

If I'm not mistaken thats a bacterial bloom in progress?
I gave the tank another dose of stress-zyme too.

The other day I ordered a bucket of Anacharis (coon tail) plants. Since the fish will end up ripping them up in time, I got alot of it and I'm going to set up a weed tank in the back room to grow the stuff in.
it will be home to one of the big goldfish, since plants need fertilizer and nothing poops like a goldfish.

The end result of the Submariner 9w UV sterilizer is...
It did exactly what it said it does. it cleared out the green from a 40 gal tank in about 4 days. I'm impressed.

It was worth $100, I'll put it back in and run it for a few days every so often to sterilize the water.

I'll give it 5 stars.

The milky water comes and goes, I'm used to that.... but that green stuff was just a nightmare.

Hopefully a mat of floating coontails will improve the water even more.
I used to have plants (water lettuce, duckweed and coontails) but the goldfish and monster pleco kept eating them so I gave up on plants.

I just made a plexiglass divider for the tank, with 1-1/2" holes in it. I placed it on one end of the tank to make a 2" wide section (in this tank thats 2"x18"x12") where i dropped some plants I picked up the other day at the fish store. I'll fill it with anacharis when it gets here and the little fish can swim in and out of that part and play in the weeds but the giant goldfish and the pleco cant get in to tear em up.

Ok, now for a question.... the nitrate and nitrite level will drop as this milky bloom progresses, right?
(or it should..... right?)
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