Thanks for all this wonderful information! It's a real help for me, to get my head around it I will need to re-reading it a few times
This is the media here
[Ebay Link Removed] ok this was removed so go to ebay and type biohome media plus 500g it's orange and easy to find...
And I made one of these exactly as the video...
Looked too good to be true not to make one
I'm really sure that the tank has cycled as I have plenty of live critters in there fish shrimp snails and feed if anything over feed and then do water changes accordingly. I have no algae blooms or issues anymore and just get the occasion dreaded green circle dots on the glass
it is planted with amazon swords and a couple of lily bulbs
all growing well. No co2 infused at the moment and haven't for several months.
Any further advice and information much appreciate. I'm 100% sure it's this media but just don't know what to do! Did another 50% water change today. Still NH3/NH4 showing around 0.25, zero nitrites and nitrates 5 or below. The PH is now ok at about 6.6 before it had gone blue colour indicating 7.6 and over!! All these tests are with API liquid tests well in date by 3 years.
What's really weird is that I have some eSHa dip tests that show the PH still at 6.4 the KH at about 3 to 6' and GH <6' also nitrite zero and nitrate <10 as well as a digital PH tester which also shows the PH at 6.4-6.6
So what I'm wondering is if this media has minerals that are messing with my API test kit? As the RO water I use to top up with, once the conditioners are added is perfect PH 6.4 and zero ammonium via the API tests.
So I'm very confused and not sure what to do! Further comments, advice appreciated...