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Old 10-05-2013, 01:22 PM   #1 
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Arrow Nitrites, Nitrates, and Ammonia, oh my! - First NPT 10 Gallon

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Have finally started my NPT! 8D My test kit should be here soon and I'm waiting for the lfs to get more wisteria in.

Heater:
Hagen Elite adjustable mini thermostat 25W heater (It's recommended for up to 5.5 gallons, but it does it's job well.)

Filter:
Marina i25 (rated for 6.6 gallons, but works great!)

Plants:
Java moss
Amazon sword
Bacopa
Cyperus Helferi
(And a baby dwarf anubias from one of my past anubia)
-I couldn't find most of the plants I needed! :(

Livestock:
Daniel, HM male betta
1 nerite snail

Coming soon:
Water wisteria
Baseball sized moss ball 8D
Banana plant
Staurogyne repens (sp?)
Ghost shrimp (once it's cycled)


Wow everything looks yellow xD That's what I get for using my tablet camera.
I've moved Gallifrey to a planted bowl (poor baby) for now. His fins are still healing and I can keep an eye on him easier. My 5 gal quarantine broke xP. I could kick myself.
I'll tie my java moss to the driftwood asap. ^^ I can't wait for it to start filling in!
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Removed Daniel from tank.
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Originally Posted by October 4th, 2013
Added moss ball.

New pic from last night:

Added a moss ball, my recovering water wisteria, and I have some anacharis in quarantine. Until I get around to finally tying down my java moss, it's around one of the mesh tubes.
My test kit came in yesterday and my aunt is bringing it over tonight. c: In the meantime, Daniel is in a jar until I can test the water. He was looking really stressed (idk if it was stress of a new environment, water parameters, etc). Ignore the rubber band on the filter. X3 I had a piece of felt there to baffle the intake while Daniel was in there, but removed it and forgot to remove the rubber band.

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Wowzers O.o I was expecting some crazy readings but wow. XD
pH: 7.0
Ammonia: 8.0 ppm (scary!)
Nitrite: 2.0 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm

On another note, the plants are doing well, and I'm already seeing some growth in the bacopa.

Removed nerite and placed him in 3G with Daniel.

Added anacharis.
Today:
New readings after 75% change -

pH: 7.6 (is it normal for pH to fluctuate like that?)
Ammonia: 4.0 ppm
Nitrite: 0.50 ppm
Nitrate: 5.0 ppm
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:39 PM   #2 
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Should I do another 75% water change tonight?
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:54 PM   #3 
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Oh and by the way, it was too late for me to edit the first post, but this journal will mainly focus on my new NPT but will most likely contain bits and pictures of my other critters. c:

Aw what the heck. Prepare yourselves for a Dixie spam!




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Old 10-05-2013, 05:11 PM   #4 
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Looks good! I'd do another 75% change. :) And Dixie is precious!! <3
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:14 PM   #5 
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-skips off to the bathroom with bucket of tank water- *sarcastic*
(LOL, I just pictured myself trying to skip to the tub lugging that bucket. XD)
Alrighty! :3 I'll go ahead and do that then, and test again before bed.

Thank you! ^.^ She's my big baby. she really thinks she's a little dog. She's a great dog, but has some issues with other dogs (especially males) even though she was well socialized and grew up with other dogs. I think it may be poor breeding. She's from a BYB.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #6 
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This evening's test:
pH: 7.2
Ammonia: 4.0 ppm, still even after another 75% wc :\
Nitrite: 0.25 ppm
Nitrate: 5.0 ppm
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:13 PM   #7 
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Actually nitrates are more like 10 ppm.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:22 PM   #8 
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Another 75% WC this morning and a test a few minutes ago.

pH: 7.6
Ammonia: 2.0 ppm
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0

Pics coming later! I rearranged some plants and added a bit of smooth river rock pebbles on top of one side where the majority of the plants are.
Also, I was just informed that a local lps will order any plants I'm looking for! There's hope of obtaining duck weed yet! XD I checked the local nurseries and garden centers but they didn't have any. :(

We had some tornado warnings last night. Of course Dixie who's afraid of storms landed right in the middle of me after I'd just fallen asleep. -.-
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Now how on earth did those pics of Maverick get in there?
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:19 PM   #10 
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My LFS won't be able to order any live plants until spring. :( I wonder if that goes for the lps? An employee told a lady who's been helping me search that they could. I'll call or go in myself today and find out if it's too late.
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