Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Skinners Mudhole
Can I jump up and down for a minute? I just tested the water after my 2nd 50% pwc today. My nitrites are negligible! Not the pale blue, but a really light purple I guess. I've been feeling like Sisyphus, repeating the same task over and over and feeling like I'm not truly gaining ground. Of course this isn't a meaningless task. But you get the drift I'm sure.
Anyway, I'm not stopping now! No way! I'm going to keep doing 2x daily 50% pwc until I'm only seeing nitrates and no nitrites. And then I'll likely continue for a few days after as well. My nitrates have been holding steady and no ammonia. So I'm still a bit confused how my nitrites have remained so high despite changing all but 1gal of the water every day? I'm not dosing ferts and I don't think there is a root tab still in there.
And I'm bummed cuz I found another dead shrimp earlier. It was one of the two low grade cherries I have left. The rest are sakura and pfr grade.
More good news is I think my tds pen will arrive tomorrow! Its that or the purigen.
When I get the purigen, would it be OK to remove the carbon in my filter and replace it with the purigen bag? I would be fine with leaving the carbon bag in the tank for a while so I wouldn't lose all that beneficial bacteria right as I'm hopefully achieving balance.