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12-15-2012 09:40 PM
sayurasem Do 50% water change everyday for the first week, second week: 50% water change every second day, third week: 50% water change every third day, fourth week: 50% every week. Then your tank should be cycled and maybe couple more days or a week until ammonia completely leech out from the soil.

Plus just use tap water + prime when cycling the tank.
12-15-2012 09:10 PM
phoenixkiller
Update: 12/15/12

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!!
12-15-2012 08:31 PM
phoenixkiller
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Originally Posted by BoxxerBoyDrew View Post
Can't wait to see this one develop!

I really want to set up a tank just like this, but it will probably be a 20g since I have one laying around!

Great mixture of mosses too! Really want to see them grow!

Subscribed!

Best of luck to Ya!
Drew
I cannot WAIT til the cycling process finishes! I have, since first seeing them, wanted CRS, and they are nearly within my grasp! (Not literally though, lol!)

Thank you for subscribing!
12-15-2012 08:29 PM
phoenixkiller
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Originally Posted by bostoneric View Post
Nice details.

Any reason distilled over RO water?
No, but I recently ordered a good quality and fair priced RO/DI system (5 stage, 75 GPD) from a fellow hobbyist who had no use for it.
12-14-2012 02:28 AM
BoxxerBoyDrew Can't wait to see this one develop!

I really want to set up a tank just like this, but it will probably be a 20g since I have one laying around!

Great mixture of mosses too! Really want to see them grow!

Subscribed!

Best of luck to Ya!
Drew
12-14-2012 01:47 AM
phoenixkiller
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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Prime just raises your total dissolved solids. With Crystals, that's something you need to keep in check at all times. Best only to use it if it's necessary.

Unless your tank gets below 50, you probably won't ever need a heater. I only use them in tanks with heavy breeding and in areas where I can't keep things 60 and up.
Oh. I see. I'll quit using the Prime then. Don't want the TDS to get outta control there.

I'll take out the heater. I just remembered that CRS do like the temp to be low.

Thank you!!
12-14-2012 12:45 AM
somewhatshocked Prime just raises your total dissolved solids. With Crystals, that's something you need to keep in check at all times. Best only to use it if it's necessary.

Unless your tank gets below 50, you probably won't ever need a heater. I only use them in tanks with heavy breeding and in areas where I can't keep things 60 and up.
12-13-2012 04:13 PM
phoenixkiller
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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked View Post
Looks like the start of a cool journal.

A heater likely won't be necessary for shrimp. So you could leave that out.

Prime also isn't necessary if you're using RO/DI water.
My house stays cold due to a few people upstairs (My college siblings) that want it colder. So I just have one in there just in case.

I add Prime just because it has ammonia/nitrIte detoxifying properties, and it just makes me feel secure, adding conditioner.

Thank you!
12-13-2012 03:35 PM
somewhatshocked Looks like the start of a cool journal.

A heater likely won't be necessary for shrimp. So you could leave that out.

Prime also isn't necessary if you're using RO/DI water.
12-09-2012 07:51 AM
sayurasem Can't wait for pictures!
12-09-2012 07:49 AM
bostoneric Nice details.

Any reason distilled over RO water?
12-09-2012 12:09 AM
phoenixkiller Final Space Saver.

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12-09-2012 12:08 AM
phoenixkiller Space saver 5 out of 6.
12-09-2012 12:08 AM
phoenixkiller Space Saver 4 out of 6.
12-09-2012 12:07 AM
phoenixkiller Space Saver 3 out of 6.
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