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post #1 of 73 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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Brutus' Tank 2-11-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= 1.0 ppm
NH3= < .05 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate=0 ppm

Did 50% water change

Planted Tank 2-11-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= .25 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate= 5.0 ppm

Did 50% water change dosed 1 drop of carbon source and 1 drop of fert.
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Brutus' Tank 2-13-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= 0.50 ppm
NH3= < .05 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate=0 ppm

Topped Tank off maybe a quart or so, destroyed Brutus' bubble nest in process. He's kinda pissed.

Planted Tank 2-13-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= .25 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate= >0 < 5.0 ppm

Topped tank off. Add 1 drop liquid carbon and 1 drop fertilizer.
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Brutus' Tank 2-15-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= 0.50 ppm
NH3= < .05 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate=0 ppm

No other changes. Did notice some algae for first time in the tank. it's on end of heater. Duckweed also continues to slowly multiply.

Planted Tank 2-15-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= .25 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate= >0 < 5.0 ppm

Did 50% water change due to white cloudy water also trimmed some leafs . After change added 1 drop carbon and 1 drop fert.

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Brutus' Tank 2-17-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= Between .5 ppm and 1.0 ppm
NH3= < .05 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate=0 ppm

Going to due at least a 50% water change tomorrow. I hate the shades of green with the API test kit on ammonia, really hard to differentiate.

Planted Tank 2-15-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= .5 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate=0 ppm

Still have some white cloudiness in tank. going to hold pat until it settles out.
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Brutus' Tank 2-18-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= .5 ppm
NH3= < .05 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate=0 ppm

Above readings are after a 50% water change

Planted Tank 2-18-14:
ph= NA
Total ammonia= NA
Nitrite= NA
Nitrate=NA

Water still a little cloudy, Change CFL bulbs from two 6W to two 13W to get more light.
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Brutus' Tank 2-20-14:
ph= 8.2
Total ammonia= .5 ppm
NH3= < .05 ppm
Nitrite= 0 ppm
Nitrate=0 ppm

Brutus has constructed a huge Bubble nest in the back left corner.

Planted Tank 2-20-14:
ph= 8.0
Total ammonia= .25 ppm
Nitrite= 0ppm
Nitrate= 0ppm

Yesterday did 100% water change also removed tile. Sword from petsmart trimmed back tall leafs. Add carbon and ferts
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Brutus' Tank 2-22-14:
ph= 8.2 (7.8)
TAN= Between .5 and 1.0ppm (.25ppm)
NH3= < .05 ppm
Nitrite= .25ppm (0 ppm)
Nitrate= NA

First time to ever detect Nitrite...Did a 75% water change and retested 1 hour later retest values are in parentheses. Next test kit I am going to try another besides the API as I am having a real tough time differentiating the greens on the ammonia test. Also added a 1.5 inch PVC pipe fitting as a cave/toy to replace the betta log.

Planted Tank 2-22-14:
ph= 8.4
TAN= .25 ppm
Nitrite= 0ppm
Nitrate= 0ppm

Yesterday added some Hornwort and a potted dwarf chain sword. Dosed carbon and fert. Have bottle of Phosphorus and nitrogen on order.

Note: several days ago removed 2 moss balls from the planted tank, they were turning brown. Believe due to the fertilizer. They are living in mason jar, can't believe how well they are bouncing back.

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Not sure how well that pipe fitting goes with the decor, but we'll see how Brutus likes it.
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Brutus' Tank 2-24-14:
ph= 8.0
TAN= .5 ppm
NH3= < .05 ppm
Nitrite= .25ppm Ahhhhhh!
Nitrate= NA

Ok seem in spite of the fact that have no filter or aeration on Brutus' tank it's trying to cycle, picked up some nitrite again. Did a 50% water change. Also added one of the two moss balls that were removed from the planted tank, bring a total of 3 moss balls in the tank. The Duckweed is also slowly but surely multiplying.

Planted Tank 2-24-14:
ph= 8.2
TAN= .25 ppm
Nitrite= 0ppm
Nitrate= 0ppm

Changed the two 13W CFL light to two 9W CFL, the difference is these two bulbs are "Daylight" which is more of blue color and a better spectrum of light I believe for plant growth, the other bulbs had more of a yellow to them. Also have several hitchhikers from the hornwart and dwarf chain sword, one tiny snail and a few of those little water bugs that kinda look like shrimp but aren't.
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