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Old 05-03-2013, 09:26 PM   #101
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Yeah sounds like your cycling all over again. Sorry but were here to help.
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Old 05-04-2013, 07:03 AM   #102
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Ok so ran a test last night around 10pm florida time
Ph 6.0
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0

7am test
Ph 6
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Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0

Haven't used any chemicals for the ph levels since a day or two ago. Any advice??
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:13 AM   #103
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The ammonia, and nitrite readings are great. The nitrate reading of 0 is unusual. Might want to retest that one. There should be some nitrate unless the tank isn't cycled yet. But your ammonia, and nitrite readings suggest it is
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:20 AM   #104
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This may have been answered.. But I don't remember. What fish are in the tank? I remember you posting a picture but I do think it was ever said how many and what the fish were. If I remember correctly this is a 55g? Having a 55g and knowing its size, if you only have a few fish and the live plants you have that could explain why the readings are zero everything.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #105
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It is a big deal when you are trying to DISCREDIT ME on this forum. THAT was very clear in that post you made, rivercat.

And that is WRONG, and is a PERSONAL ATTACK. BOTH are WRONG. Quite clear, and totally unprovoked by me, who has been a very facilitating and polite participant in this forum, albeit new. That was personal, rude, and WRONG to make this forum personal.

Second, you clearly do not understand what bioload is. And yet you have been dispensing advice like you are a biologist!. The definition of bioload is clear, and you are WRONG.

Check your FACTS before making postings next time, please. And it is NOT decorum, not polite to be ATTACKING other forum members, be they new or veterans. You of all people should understand that. Really poor behavior on your part.
Booooo!
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:03 AM   #106
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Actually it doesn't release toxins back into the tank. Once it becomes full and is left in the filter it just becomes another media for BB to grow on.
So does that mean I can keep the carbon in my HOB for long as I want to with out washing it.

You see I have two HOB for one of my 20g, 1 20gal 2 50gal HOBs. The 50gal HOB has a carbon that it came with so I didn't yet replace it but I would like to keep it if possible
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:11 AM   #107
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More Than You Ever Wanted To Know About Carbon:

Carbon has a finite amount of absorption/adsorption capability no matter the form. It's all about pore size. In addition to having significant amounts of phosphate and a higher ash concentration, cheap carbon will usually have very tiny pores (not enough absorption) or very large pores (not enough adsorption). It doesn't matter what form the carbon is in - at a chemical level this is still the same.

Quality carbon has a good mix of pore sizes, all of which should be in the middle of the scale. It will have lower amounts of phosphate and less ash. Be aware though, most carbon readily available in a retail environment has phosphates. You have to specifically look for steam-activated/phosphate-free, although I'm seeing that more and more these days. The nice part is that soaking the carbon before putting it in your tank will allow much of the ash and phosphates to leech out. If you're concerned about algae, this is an easy way to avoid the phosphate problem (which is really only an issue for marine tanks, but that's another subject).

Carbon gets "full" when the pores are full of pollutants. They're chemically bound to the carbon and so cannot be released into the water. So for all intents and purposes it becomes inert and bacteria start to grow on it. If you don't change it, it's just another form of bio-media. Generally this happens every 3-4 weeks. This varies based on the amount of carbon you're using and your water quality.

One thing to be clear on. Carbon does NOT remove ammonia, nitrites or nitrates, or most heavy metals. At all. It does absorb plenty though - chlorine, dyes, all sorts of alcohols, even bleach. It's great for driftwood as it absorbs tannins (to a degree). And perhaps most importantly in the aquarium, it removes most medicines. If you have to treat your tank, put some fresh carbon in when you're done.

Also, despite what you read on the Internet, you cannot re-use carbon by baking it in the oven. That is, unless you have an oven that goes to 1700°. That's the only way to burn off all the organics.

This has absolutely nothing to do with the OP's issue, but the question was asked and I just couldn't help myself.
So the carbon that come with aqua clean HOB filter, I'd that good quality for me to just leave it in the filter or can you recommend any. It's because if I do need to replace it I'm not sure what to go with.
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I forgot to mention - the carbon should be the last thing the water sees on its way out. In my canister the water goes into the bottom and is pumped through the media to the top where it goes to the aquarium. If yours is like this, you'll want the carbon in the highest basket. If yours goes the other way, reverse it. Somewhere in there you should have some mechanical filtration though. In mine (an Eheim), the first is ceramic rings, then coarse sponge, then bio media, then fine sponge/floss (polishing), then carbon. You can always move stuff around to whatever arrangements you prefer, but I'd use the carbon last.

Also, knee-high pantyhose are your friend - they're cheap nylon bags, essentially. You can use them for all your loose media. I have my ceramic rings, bio-beads and my carbon all in separate bags. They're made in such a way that you don't even have to tie them off - the top of the nylon will shrink around the media. But if you prefer, it's easy enough to tie them in a knot. And they're fine enough to hold anything you're going to put in your filter. The only thing you'll have to watch is the gunk on the nylon itself. You can rinse it or just change the bag (which is what I do) when it too clogged up.

Glad it helped! I do have a tendency to go on a bit ...

Unfortunately I know very little about Purigen as it's a manufactured product made specifically for the aquarium industry. Not my speciality, I'm afraid, lol. I do plan to test it out though, at least get it under a microscope. It sounds a bit like a miracle cure, but people seem to like it. If I ever get some of my own data, I'll be sure to let you know.
I have the eheim 2213, I already threw away the carbon sponge that it came with. Are you using the carbon sponge or actually the carbon? And what brand should I buy
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Ok so ran a test last night around 10pm florida time
Ph 6.0
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0

7am test
Ph 6
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0

Haven't used any chemicals for the ph levels since a day or two ago. Any advice??
With your ph being so low your going to have to cycle again BUT first you need to get you ph up. What I recommend is getting a bag of crushed coral, putting about a cup in a media bag and either place it in your filter or hang it directly under your overflow. This will aid in raising your ph. Plus since you are so low I hate to say this but get a little cup of tank water and mix about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in it. Stir it up so it dissolves pretty well and add it to the tank, preferably where there is some water flow. Also add it slowly, don't just dump it in. This will give the water a little buffer boost to help until the crushed coral can kick in. Your tank won't start cycling until you get the ph up over 6.5 and keep it there.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:31 AM   #111
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Ok. I have to drive to Jacksonville about an hour drive to petsmart the local pets stores done have have any. I was going to buy some more plants also.was thinking if some mondo grass? Any input?
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Who are we talking about? This isn't going to help this thread yet again.
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Ok. I have to drive to Jacksonville about an hour drive to petsmart the local pets stores done have have any. I was going to buy some more plants also.was thinking if some mondo grass? Any input?
Don't get any mondo grass as it isn't an aquatic plant and will eventually die fully submerged in an aquarium. You could do a Sword or any Crypts they have there. If they have either water sprite or wisteria they would be a very good choice.

But you need the crushed coral more than plants at this point.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:50 AM   #114
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Okay cool thanks for the advice on the plants they have a 15 pound bag of crushed coral for $13 how much of that do I use and how would I go about putting in a bag to hang in the tank
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Okay cool thanks for the advice on the plants they have a 15 pound bag of crushed coral for $13 how much of that do I use and how would I go about putting in a bag to hang in the tank
Put some in a media bag or panty hose and put it somewhere in your filter.
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With your ph being so low your going to have to cycle again BUT first you need to get you ph up. What I recommend is getting a bag of crushed coral, putting about a cup in a media bag and either place it in your filter or hang it directly under your overflow. This will aid in raising your ph. Plus since you are so low I hate to say this but get a little cup of tank water and mix about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in it. Stir it up so it dissolves pretty well and add it to the tank, preferably where there is some water flow. Also add it slowly, don't just dump it in. This will give the water a little buffer boost to help until the crushed coral can kick in. Your tank won't start cycling until you get the ph up over 6.5 and keep it there.
Here's the info I already posted.
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The crushed coral for marine aquarium??
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Yes, that is what you want.
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Cool thank you. At the store now.
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What's your take on anacharis plants?
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