Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Orlando, Florida
10 Gallon Sulawesi Cardinal tank (They're HERE!!!)
Tank is now loaded with algae and diatoms. There has been a couple changes. Threw in some more lava rocks/pea gravel, and an algae covered stone. Threw a sponge on the eheim intake. Added a stock HOB with bio media in it, which I plan to eventually use with purigen. Added 4 ghost shrimp to make sure the water is safe for shrimp; they're doing well, one even berried after a day. Tank params from the other day -
TDS- 220 (170 after a 25% WC)
Nitrites- unreadable (dark purple!)
The low(ish) gh and kh is from RO waterchanges. I think I'll stick to my tap for now, it should suit cardinals well at a TDS of 140, Ph of 8.3, Gh of 8, and a kh of 6. Hopefully there's nothing deadly to sensitive shrimp in there. I also dosed tetra safestart yesterday to cycle the tank faster and get rid of the nitrites. Sure enough 24 hours later 0 ammonia and nitrite. Will be getting riccia and frogbit to help suck up nitrates this week as well. I also noticed some TINY planaria. Hopefully since cardinals don't really need commerical food in a healthy tank, they'll die off.
P.S. - Has anyone else had difficulty telling 40ppm from 80ppm on the API master test kit chart? Either I'm colorblind or they used the same exact color for a relatively big difference in nitrates!
Last edited by Destroyer551; 05-29-2013 at 04:11 PM.
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