Are you running carbon or purigen in your filter full time? Are you topping up and changing with straight RO water?
No carbon. Im running purigen but I am sure that its old and need to be renewed, its over 5 months now since that has been in there. Im doing 50% water changes with tap water.Are you running carbon or purigen in your filter full time? Are you topping up and changing with straight RO water?
ill try for another kit soon then. But im still puzzled by my ammonia.Glad you got it figured out! GH test kits give me fits as well. Drop, shake, drop, shake, BS, BS, BS....I use APIs and have more faith in my experience than any test kits results.
How do you clean the filter pads?I just added this new filter 2213 mid december with media from my other filter.
I run 2 filters, a 2217 and a 2213. I usually clean the filter pads once a month. But I should at least see some nitrates right? Im confused.
Ill test the gh from my tap. That test is weird, when I started adding drops of solution, it said add drops till it changes color. Within the first drop you can see a small HUE of pink. So I don tknow if I did it wrong or not.
I clean the ceramic prefilter media. Then I clean the reusable blue pads with jet water. And then put new polishing white pads. I dont rinse the bio media. I have the ball type ceramics and the rings, maybe more than it should have inside there.How do you clean the filter pads?
Thanks hoppy, I saw this method somewhere else and decided to try it. I do have a drop checker and it usually is a light yellow green. But in the morning its still pretty green. Its newer fluid.I'm assuming your tank water was at pH 6.5, but that rose to pH 8.0 when it sat out overnight. If that's correct you could assume that your CO2 in the tank was 10 to the1.5 power times what it was after sitting out overnight. That is 32 times what it was after sitting overnight. The problem is that we have no way of knowing what the CO2 concentration was after sitting out overnight. When I did some testing I found that the concentration continued to drop for much longer than 24 hours. I never did find out what the lowest concentration would be. It could be 1 ppm, so the tank was at 32 ppm, but it also could be 3 ppm, so the tank was at 96 ppm. That is the flaw in trying to measure CO2 that way.
Is your ammonia kit testing for all ammonia or both types of ammonia? There are two types of ammonia. One is harmful and the other is harmless. There are different kits out there to test both of these types of ammonia seperately. The basic API Test Kit tests for both ammonia. The most dangerous ammonia is NH3 while the least dangerous is NH4+ (aka ammonium). Ammonium converst into Ammonia more frequently if your PH is above 7. So if your test kit tests for both types of ammonia, that is why your showing the amount of ammonia that you are. You can either buy a test kit that tests for both seperately or you can go on your way. Hope this helps!im still puzzled by my ammonia.