I guess a tank crash is as good of a time as any to start a new journal!
I'll start off with a link to my old journal as my previous adventures are all logged there. KC's 29g DP Tank
For various reasons, I made the decision to downgrade to a 10 gallon tank in a new location of the house. I figured that moving over the current filter, media and all, would make for an effortless and instant cycle.
After doing some very basic and tentative scaping on Friday night, I let loose a bunch of ghost shrimp while I waited overnight to make sure that things were stable. Yesterday, I undertook the task of catching all seven of my kuhli loaches to move over to their new home. Greatly underestimated that chore.
They are adjusting slowly, as expected, since the plant growth is not nearly thick enough for them to feel comfortable yet. Hopefully soon!
I went to check water parameters today and knocked all of the tubes over in shock after I read the results. Ammonia at 2 ppm and nitrites at 5 ppm! (nitrates 40 ppm
). WHAT?! How?!
90% water change. Used a half cap of Prime for the water change and let everything settle until later tonight when I tested again. Ammonia at 0, but nitrites at 1 ppm. Dosed one full cap of Prime (the last of the bottle!) to buffer the nitrites until tomorrow when I'll do another water change after I go out for another bottle of Prime and probably a bottle of SafeStart.
This will be fun.