Did my first batch of water tests.

Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by RocketRooster, 22 Jan 2013.

  1. RocketRooster

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    All kits are Salifert, well within the expiry date.

    My hydrometer is a disgusting, cheap-ass resun piece of plastic swing-arm fong kong snake shit I got with the tank. I trust it about as far as I can throw it. Errr... Okay never mind. Here goes:

    Water temp: 28; ambient 26.
    Salinity: Snake-shit-o-meter maxed out at just under 1.028. I do need to top up with RO though, my return chamber is running low.
    pH: ~8
    NO3: ~50ppm
    PO4: ~0.7ppm :eek:
    KH/Alk: 8.3/2.96
    Mg: >1500ppm
    Ca: >500ppm (I maxed out the chart, I kept adding drops until the colour change - if this extrapolation is correct then its 620ppm)

    The nitrate levels are a bother, the phosphate level freaks me out. I have almost no green algae in my tank. No gha to speak of and a few tiny spots of film algae here and there on the glass. I've been giving the tank a 12hr photoperiod to encourage the stuff to grow for my tangs, I guess I should be patient.

    I have a 2LF phosban reactor with about 4cm of media in it. No idea what it is - theyre hard, flat little disks abou 4mm in diameter and 2mm thick. The reactor and pellets were all gunged up and clumping. I gave it a clean and a rinse tonight (OMG the STENCH) and the pellets are tumbling lekker now. No idea if it's gonna work though. How do these things get rid of po4 any if it just stays in the reactor? Are you supposed to clean the media or what?

    When I got home the skimmer was half full of very watery brown muck. Not quite the Guinness other okes are getting but it's a start. It's been 4 hours since I fed the tank and the skimmer remains quiescent...

    Any and all comments appreciated!
     
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  3. carlosdeandrade

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    I have the one you ordered, when do you want to fetch it bud?:whistling:

    Those figures are high, did you use the substrate from the move? If so, NO3 and PO4 could have been put back into your system. Salifert tests can be rather temperamental in terms of certain trace elements.
    Does the STENCH smell like hydrogen peroxide, and they might be NP pellets (from what you've explained), just make sure you rinse them really well, don't want you to poison your tank. They are a form of carbon, they remove them NO3 and PO4 via biological action. I, PERSONALLY, never had any success with a NP reactor, rather use orca cubes.
    Do you have my cell number? I will pm it to you anyway, just in case you need any further help.
     
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    It smelled like my teenage lighty's farts. Hones something awful! Rotten eggs, so hydrogen sulphide.
     
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    :lol: What are you are you feeding the kid? Yip, that's it, can kill your system, bad stuff that. It's always a risk when moving a tank, it also accumulates in deep sand beds and in deep DT substrates.
     
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    @RR geez but you make me laugh i look forward to your posts keep it up bud:1:
     
  7. Albert Terego

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    Your tank is still new - let it settle for a few weeks, don't stress.

    If you have a DSB it's going to take a while to reach full efficiency again.

    I'd suggest adding Special Blend as per instructions for the next 4-6 weeks and nothing else for now (except RO top-ups and regular, weekly 10-20% water changes)
     
  8. RocketRooster

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    Thankfully the tank did not come with DSB, just live rock, I think I would have run into problems with it. All the live rock now resides in the DT, so my sump is standing empty.

    I have been dosing Seachem Stability and it seems to be holding things together.
     
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    Captain's Log, stardate moerengone. Second set of results are in. Day 17 of ownership, and counting. Encountered a Klingon battlecruiser but distracted them with topless pics of Councellor Deanna Troi. Made good our escape. She was moerig because she didn't see it coming.

    Anyway. Latest report from engineering:

    Coolant temp: 26'C
    pH: 8-ish
    Kh/Alk: 7.8/2.8
    SG: 1.026 (need to get that damn thing replaced on the next fleet resupply)
    Mg: Got better reading of 1430
    Ca: Also down; 575.

    Nitrates and phosphates are off the charts. We have a phantom crapper on board! It's that bloody security officer Warf, I just know it!
     
  10. Ridwaan

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    Have you tested ammonia and nitrite?

    Your tank is still cycling....

    Will check if i have amonia and nitrite kits and bring for u.
     
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    In the meantime..check if someone can spare u a small ball of chaeto to get the nitrates and phos lower...
     
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    Thanks my friend! Only got the nitrate kit, no other nitrogen tests.

    I've started a big batch of RO. This weekend it's flushing time! Gonna do at least 200l.
     
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    Yup coming closer into ballance. I still feel that your pH might be a little optimistic and or your Ca is out.
     
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    You reckon my actual ph reading is higher or lower than 8-ish? The salifert colour chart is pretty limited. Next gradation is a dark grass green at 8.3, which I'm not even close to seeing.

    All shall be replaced with proper kit in good time! :)
     
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    For KH to remain at around 8 to maintain a Ca of >500 your pH needs to be in the lower 7's. it should percipitate out. Unless you salinity is very heigh.
     
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    I think my salinity is high. I've been skimming very wet and chucking out a skimmer cup full of watery muck every morning and evening for the last week. And replacing with RO only, but only now am I registering a slight sg drop.

    I *must* do a WC soon but can't risk it with the kak fong-kong-o-meter I have. I'll get a proper hydrometer this week, perhaps tomorrow even if I can visit Carlos, then we'll see.

    My water is crystal clear, no fogging or anything, but then I am running a very thick mat of filter pad that fills up half my sump.
     
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    Not going to comment, just laugh at the way you describe things :)

    Your tank is still cycling, take it slow.
    Do you have a auto top up unit? One of the most important investments after a good skimmer in my opinion!

    Good luck bud!
     
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    Thanks man. No atu yet, my RO reservoir is the red-headed wallflower at the barn dance.
     
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    You better get that red head pouring some RO then :thumbup:
    I have the tunze top up unit. Best unit I have used by far.
     
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    Come past this weekend, got cheato for u and can chat over my tank build
     
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    Thanks man. No atu yet, my RO reservoir is the red-headed wallflower at the barn dance.
     
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