First water Test.

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  1. Dean76

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    pH - 8
    KH Alkalinity - 8
    Nitrit - 0
    Nitrat - 1
    Ammonium - 0,1

    My tank is up and running for 1 week now and this was the first water reading test that I done. Yes only about 4 weeks to go before I can put my first live stock in.

    Will run the test in about 4 days time again.

    Is there anything I should look out for over the next 3 to 4 weeks or any more important info that I need to know?

    Thanks
     
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    ur tanks been running for a week and ur nitrites and nitrates are all that low,impressive.
    what u cycling with?u use matured water and substrate?
     
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    nitrates and nitrites will only kick in in well after a week if a normal / traditional cycle is underway
     
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    I used Matured water in the tank.
     
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    but then shouldnt the ammonia be high?
    did u use matured LR in ur tank ?
     
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    if there was matured live rock then the ammonia would still be low (and you would get awy with a very short cycle possibly), matured water is basically irrelevant ...... neither good nor bad as the amount of bacteria in the water column is negligable
     
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    yip,the matured LR will assist in shortening the cycle.
    my cycle completed and stabilised by the 4th week,as i used matured LR
     
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    hey Dean, do you have live rock and sand in your tank, coz then you do allready have bugs and mini inverts of all types allready!
     
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    Thanks for all the info. Yes, I got matured live rock in the tank too.
     
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    is it possible for a tank to cycle this quick?

    did u use any additive,ie bacteria etc

    if your levels stay constant like that for next week,then u can add some livestock:p
     
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    Did not add anything to the tank. I used matured water, Live rock and sand. I will keep checking the water every 3 days fot the next week and see what the water does. Thanks for the info and help.
     
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    OK we go back the the first basic knowledge one needs to know when keeping aquariums. It is called the nitrogen cycle. I am not going to type the page or so explaining how it works as it is explained elsewhere on the site. You can also Google wiki if you like.

    So for a cycle to start one needs organic matter and oxygen. The decomposing/breaking down of the organic mater is what we as aquarists know as the cycle.

    1) Organic mater needs to be present.
    2) Oxygen needs to be present
    3) A type of aerobic filter needs to be present.
    4) Time

    There are some thoughts.

    a) What Dean76 most likely is experiencing is a lack of one or more of the above.
    b) Unreliable test kits.

    An ammonia level of 0,1 ppm is actually very high. For a properly cycled tank the total ammonium needs to be 0.008 or less.

    Also NEVER assume that a tank has cycled just because the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are all 0. because it may not have started due to lack of one of the above. I recomend testing ammonia and nitrite for the next two weeks. The ammonia should go to 0 and the Nitrite rise over this period. If not then test your filter by adding a bit of fish food/seafood and seeing if the ammonia rises. If it dose then your tank is not cycling and will not be ready for LS.
     
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    Please tell me if I got an Unreliable Test Kit ask it cost a lot of money –“Tropic Marin Expert Testset”.

    For the testing I do understand the Cycle that need to take place in the tank. I will repeat the test again in 3 or 4 days time and let you know what is happening with the water again. Thanks for the information on adding some fish food to the tank to see if the ammonia rises and to check if the tank is cycling.

    This is why I joined this site to get all the help I can. Thanks to all for taking the time and giving me your input.

    Thanks
     
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    Dean the Tropic Marin test kit you got is a good one. We use them for our operation.
     
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    Got this fun gray growth on my rocks - is this normal?

    Thanks
     
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    Here is Dean's pic

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    can I ask how you loaded the pic up on the site?
     
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    Hover your mouse over your pic in photobucket and then copy and paste the IMG code into your post here.
     
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