I pulled out the water parameter kits and tested my tank just now. I'm confused about a few things with these tests. First thing, how do I know if I should test pH with the standard range reagent or the high range reagent. I get a reading of 6.0 with the basic reagent and of 7.2ish with the high range. The easy answer is to use the high range because there's no way my one day old tank has such an acidic pH. I'm getting a reading of 4ppm KH and a reading of >214ppm GH. I'm cool with the KH, but I'm not sure about that super high general hardness. What do you think?!?
I just jacked around with my old drop checker. I put some 4dKH in it, added 5 drops of my API pH indicator. I've used this in the past with success, so I don't know why I'd have issues now. I'm just happy that I own a drop checker. Relying on a color coded chart of pH and KH to determine my co2 levels would get real old real quick. It's all about time efficiency.
I'm running the co2 at about 1.5-2 bpm right now. I'll crank it up for fast growth and algae control when I get plants in and start the EI dosing. I'm not going to have any fauna at first, so I plan on getting crazy with the co2!!!
VERY blue at the moment, but I'm sure I'll see some change in the next hour or so. Here's a look:
I should be getting a plant package in the mail tomorrow, so I'm hoping to give you what you're looking for....a planted
Oh, I almost forgot to add this. I poured in a bottle of Tetra SafeStart to add the vital nitrifying bacteria to the system. I'm using this because it contains the "bio-spira" bacteria recommended by Rex Grigg.
Thanks for reading and, as always, I like reading your questions/comments/suggestions!