Got an update! New specs!
A few days ago I ordered an RO/DI system from TPT member oldpunk78, at a much more reasonable price. It is a 5 stage, 75 GPD system, totally new, unused, so no more lugging around jugs of distilled water!
I also have some new plants! From the renowned member speedie408 and his kind RAOK, I got Helanthium tenellum. Hopefully it will get past the die-off stage quickly and thrive in my tank. I dunno, maybe 30 plants of it in there? Haven't really counted.
Also, I've got a little patch of algae growing on some Cholla wood... yay! Food for future shrimpies!
I measured some things...
Ammonia is 8.0 ppm or more... will that stall the cycle? Should I do a water change?
No nitrItes or nitrAtes yet...
pH is at about 6.0.
KH: I dunno how this kit works, but it only took me only 1 drop to change the color of the liquid from like blue to yellow, so does that mean KH is 0?
GH: Took me 4 drops to change color from orange to green, how much is that?
Both GH and KH were measured using the separate API GH/KH test kit.
Hope everything is alright in this tank!!