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Some new rules!

Posted 02/01/2014 at 12:35 PM by zitra

I think I have learned one new rule this week.

"Before any chemical experiments, check some physics." or "Before fixing things with supplements, try some water changes."

I have been somewhat concerned about my alkalinity dropping during the first week. I was looking for complicated solutions and in the end the simple one fixed it. It seems. I have done couple of 15% WC, and things are settling down nicely.

But lets start with our old...
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Many things about this hobby are not as hard as people are inclined to think...

Posted 01/30/2014 at 11:13 AM by Sk8r

...and it's useful to know these aren't magical rituals, but processes with purpose.

1. Cycling. 2+2=4 with most critters, but with bacteria, 1=2. They divide and multiply under favorable conditions, and fortunately their 'favorable' is pretty broad. To hasten cycling a wee bit, keep your tank temperature a steady 78 degrees and keep the water circulating to move the water around. You can 'ghost-feed' your tank a few flakes of flake food a day, which will supply any nutrient NOT provided...
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Mini upflow ATS for my 28 nanocube

Posted 01/27/2014 at 06:17 PM by Shia
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Chemistry Mystery

Posted 01/26/2014 at 09:39 AM by zitra

So I have gone through my first chemistry puzzle. I call it "The Vanishing Alk".

As I wrote yesterday, my Alk was coming down hard over the first week of the system life. From the initial 3.66 meq/l to 2.35 meq/l after some six days. While I noted the Ca was very high at around 600 ppm.

After reading numerous pieces of information, understanding the story of CaCO3 precipitation, I have guessed that the high Ca is precipitating in the tank (indeed there is...
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Week One

Posted 01/25/2014 at 01:09 AM by zitra

My tank has one week anniversary and so far it seems to be going well.


Well, the tank is doing well, I am learning.

Lesson number one: Do not stuff the fluidized bed filters!

First few days I was battling the Deltec FR509s quite a bit. I guess the main problem was putting way too much media inside. Now I realized I...
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