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post #41 of 70 (permalink) Old 08-08-2013, 09:22 PM
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Watching excitedly.. I am thinking of doing live plants too, a bit daunting!
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post #42 of 70 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Watching excitedly.. I am thinking of doing live plants too, a bit daunting!
You should TOTALLY do it! All extra you need is fertilizer, and a good light.

Ammonia still at 0.25 ppm. So I put in another wafer... I actually put two in last time.
Can't wait till Friday! It seems so far away... ah well.
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I'm confused... So I tested again today, and the test said ammonia was LESS than 0.25 ppm! Something around 0.1 I'd say. Could it be that ammonia has already "spiked" at 0.25 and is now going down? I put in another wafer in, just in case. And honestly I kinda want to use them up, cause they aren't an especially d good brand, (tetra) and it's been open for who knows how long... and it loses it's nutritional value over time.
Only four more days till the plants come!
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I'd use fish food as well. Wafers can cloud water if they're not consumed
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Talking We have.... *drumroll* nitrates!!!!!

WE HAVE BOTH NITRITES AND NITRATES!!!! I could just kick myself for not testing for nitrItes sooner... Oh well, at least we have them now. AND we have nitrites, is it so common to get them so close together?
Anyway, here are the actual results.
pH: +7.6
High Range pH: 8.2
Ammonia: more than 0 ppm, less than 0.25 ppm
NitrItes: +5
NitrAtes: more than 0 ppm, less than 5 ppm
I can't wait for that pH to go back to below 8... Should I change the water? more than 5 ppm nitrItes seems like an awful lot... I'm not sure if I read that right... here are a few pics I took of the test.


Also, the plants are shipping today!! So they should be here on Friday. I'm planning to go to LFS on Saturday!
I'm not going to add any more food, I figure I already have enough. I mean I have 5 or 6 in there already.
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I'd use fish food as well. Wafers can cloud water if they're not consumed
I'd use fish food, if I had any. Thanks for the advise though!
My, this has turned into a book...
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A UPS shipping label has been created. Once the shipment arrives at our facility, the tracking status--including the scheduled delivery date--will be updated.
So now I'm a TAD confused...

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Tested again today.
Ammonia: between 0 ppm and 0.25 ppm
NitrIte: around 5 ppm
NitrAte: around 5 ppm

Now I'm really confused... It shipped yesterday from SD, then it went to NE, and now it's in KY?! And it's going to AZ... doesn't make any sense. But it says it's "on time" so...
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The plants are "out for delivery" which means I'll probably get it around dinner time!!! I tested again today,
Ammonia: still staying at between 0-0.25 ppm
NitrIte: still around 5 ppm
NitrAte: got a big jump, now it's around 40 ppm! here's a couple pics.


Wow... that changes a LOT in a day...
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post #48 of 70 (permalink) Old 08-16-2013, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, poo! I accidentally put a "0" instead of a "9" in my address, and now the plants won't arrive till Monday.: evil: Well, at least it'll be spending that time in 79, 78, and 81 degree highs, and lows on all three days at 53. I hope my plants survive this!!!
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some places have a live plant arrival guarantee you may want to check into it
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I'm ordering through aquarium plants.com. I say something about a live guarantee, but I can't find where it actually SAYS what the guarantee is...
EDIT: Guarantee is for overnight delivery... I did second day. shoot.

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