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post #286 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-16-2013, 04:31 PM
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Your fish are getting big. The tank looks amazing. How's the nitrates?
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post #287 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-17-2013, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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They usually make it up to 40 before I do a water change. Sometimes it's hard to tell if my bamboo is working....but it has to be doing something!

I also just bought a sera nitrate test kit and it's making its way to me!

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post #288 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-17-2013, 12:12 PM
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Keep me posted on the testing kit. I'm frustrated with API since I can't figure out the difference between 10 and 20 and 40 and 80.
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I know!!!
I'm totally with you on that...I go room to room looking for the best lighting...
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post #290 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-17-2013, 01:19 PM
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Ha Ha....me too. It goes like this...."hum, looks like 10, no it's 20. Ok let me go outside....ok it's 20 but no maybe 10. But under my kitchen light it's 10. ok it's 10. But if I'm wrong my fish will get sick. Ok, ok...I'm doing a water change." The dialog is frustrating.
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post #291 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 08:27 PM Thread Starter
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Finally used the new sera nitate test kit.
I do believe that it is a little easier to read.

I compared it to my API...before the water change the sera kit said my nitrates were about 30-35...My API kit said it was in the 40-80 range...so big jump....

Sam, if you want i can take pics and post them too!
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post #292 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 08:30 PM
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Pics would be great. It sort of sounds like its still hard to tell the difference between the levels of nitrates.
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post #293 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Yea, it's not as easy as I was hoping, but I think it's a bit better.
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It's a big difference in nitrates. How are your Goldies?
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post #295 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
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Doing well, they seem to be getting bigger day by day...and not a day goes by that I don't want to get them a bigger tank!

When and if I ever move out of my parents house I plan to get a bigger tank and plant it full of plants and let it turn into a jungle before I put them in!

I'm also looking into a plastic mesh I can use to separate the dirt layer from the sand layer...I always seem to have an issue with fine dirt particles sifting up and hanging out on top of the sand... I wonder if a dirt then small gravel then sand layer would help too...
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post #296 of 452 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 12:36 PM
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Ha ha...a jungle. Too funny.

I just moved my crew into a 120g and I have no regrets even thought the tank is HUGE.

I've been very lucky my guys don't eat plants, except for crypts. I wish I knew why they leave plants alone. I could bottle it and sell it to goldfish keepers.
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I know, that would be great! Mine only eat plants when I don't feed them regularly, that's why I have the automatic feeder, it seems to work pretty good too!
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You're sand is really clean looking! Nice job.
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Thanks!
I wish i thought that!
I have dirt particles that sit on top of the sand....
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Thanks!
I wish i thought that!
I have dirt particles that sit on top of the sand....
Haha ya from my experience its basically impossible to always have the sand completely clean but I think you are doing a good job keeping it close!
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