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Offline Doug

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Not sure if I'm being daft...
« on: January 31, 2013, 08:20:15 AM »
So testing water... New concept to me...

Ph looks ok, salt a little low :s (refractometer) and Nitrates are 0.

Is it safe to assume that as I used some good live rock, been in there a month or so... That if Nitrates read 0 my ammonia and notrites are 0 or as close to that as they should be?

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Re: Not sure if I'm being daft...
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2013, 07:09:50 AM »
So testing water... New concept to me...

Ph looks ok, salt a little low :s (refractometer) and Nitrates are 0.

Is it safe to assume that as I used some good live rock, been in there a month or so... That if Nitrates read 0 my ammonia and notrites are 0 or as close to that as they should be?

It may well be you have cycled media in the tank and won't see a spike Doug, leave it longer to be sure pal, always carry an ammonia and nitrite kit as standard anyhow fella, it's the only real way you will know for sure.

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Re: Not sure if I'm being daft...
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2013, 08:32:32 AM »
TBHH i would test that ammonia and nitrite to be sure..then a week later if nothing is showing in that period then i would be happy the tank has cycled.

0 Nitrates might mean that nitrite has not been converted properly yet as the bi-product of the conversion is nitrate.

But if liverock has been transported  well and not left out of water i would expect a tiny cycle to happen in some cases to small for a test kit to read but i would always want a test kit to tell me that.
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Not sure if I'm being daft...
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 07:17:48 AM »
I was cautious, when they bagged it up they didn't put water in the bags, but had bought 25l of salty RODI so as soon as got out the shop i brimmed the bags with the salty stuff so it wouldn't be dry going home.