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Discussion in 'New To The Hobby' started by Hippocampus, Apr 29, 2015.

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  1. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    looking good! you're making good purchases :) love the bird!
     
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  3. Hippocampus

    Hippocampus Astrea Snail

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    API tests came in today, here's the results:

    Ammonia: 2.0 ppm
    Nitrates: 0 ppm
    Nitrites: 2.0 ppm
    pH: 8.0
    Alkalinity: 10 dkh
    Salinity: 1.026

    I do believe my cycle is a happening. Haha
     
  4. Hippocampus

    Hippocampus Astrea Snail

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    Not really sure about all these API colors anymore lmao. I can't quite tell EXACTLY what my parameters are, but here's my best estimate:

    Ammonia: 2.0 ppm
    Nitrates: 10 ppm
    Nitrites: 6-7 ppm
    pH: 8
    Alkalinity: 10 dkh
    Salinity: 1.028

    Honestly, I'm just waiting for the Ammonia and Nitrites to read zero and then do that water change haha. But there's definitely the big three in there: the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.
     
  5. RHorton

    RHorton Pajama Cardinal

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    Thats normal.
    your on your way!
     
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  6. Hippocampus

    Hippocampus Astrea Snail

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    Well good! I was getting frustrated with my test kit because I would just sit there for ten minutes on just one test trying to match the color to one on the chart. I will definitely be getting Hanna meters or something in the near future.
     
  7. Billme

    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    I wouldn't get too worried at this point. It's enough to know that the cycle is working. Just give it time to happen.
     
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  9. Hippocampus

    Hippocampus Astrea Snail

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    I have a question. When do I need to stop keeping the ammonia level between 1-2 ppm?
     
  10. Billme

    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    What are you doing to keep tha ammonia level up? Feeding the tank?
     
  11. Hippocampus

    Hippocampus Astrea Snail

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    I started it with a shrimp. But that's been removed for days, and I've just been adding little bits of food here and there when the ammonia gets low. So yep, feeding the tank.
     
  12. Billme

    Billme Eyelash Blennie

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    With what you are doing, the ammonia should fall to 0 as the bacteria grows. That includes while you continue to feed the tank. When it does fall to 0, you'll know the there is sufficient bacteria for ammonia. When nitrites fall to 0, that means there is enough of that type bacteria. The food you are adding simulates the consumption by the critters you'll be adding later on.
     
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