Yes I do test my PH right from the tank. I did find something about testing from the tank, then testing the degassed sample and measuring the difference to come up with a ppm of CO2 though. But I can only measure PH to the .5, so that method is out.
Hmmm. I read a little about staghorn and it seems that staghorn comes from ammonia, and I haven't tested postive for ammonia in awhile. It grows fastest right after a WC, at a time when even if there is ammonia present, it will be at it's lowest. It also looks similar to thread algae since some of grows very long, but the long threads are easily removed. I can get some of it out of the hc as well, but on the blyxa it's attached hard.
I found an algae page linked from another post, and it seems I'm also starting to get blue green algae, and what I thought was GSA is actually GDA.
I guess I'm going to up the CO2 again tonight. I'm at 1 bubble pers second, but I'm going to try to hit 4 bubbles per second and really max it out. I hope I don't have to move the fish to a bowl. When I upped it the last time, I lost 4 ghost shrimp that day, and the DP's where not and are still not happy. They aren't gasping or anything, but they are noticably stressed and their behaviour has changed since upping the co2. I use a limewood diffuser (because I keep breaking the glass ones), but I'm at a point where the bubbles don't come out small anymore. I guess I'm pushing the limits of the limewood. I wish some LFS's would carry some of these things. I'm not one for ordering online all that much. Its funny, algae is heaviest on the the limewood diffuser.
I may do some artsy photos of the front of my tank breaking from impact with the water flowing out. Thats how much fun I'm having right now. Bah...
You can't polish a turd...
Last edited by edacsac; 03-06-2007 at 05:27 PM.