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Delapool's 150 Gallon Tank


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#221 Delapool

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Posted 02 July 2017 - 09:53 PM

Buce still missing :( Need a big torch to hunt for it.

The micro-measuring spoons turned up. Look pretty good. Just remembered there is still the nitrate test kit on order somewhere - will have to find out what is going on.


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#222 Delapool

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 10:10 PM

Whoo-hoo!! Nitrate test kit turned up. Not excited? Yet to see what $233 buys (and it only does nitrates too lol). Opened the case, had a look and will try it on week-end.


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#223 Delapool

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 10:20 PM

Looked at the test kit - read the 'simplicity in action' header. Got up to step 3 and then got a little lost. Think I have it to try tomorrow.

Takes 15 minutes just on letting different reactions and colours. Would do it over coffee but the warnings on cadmium seemed very strict so going to be very careful. Possibly gloves and face mask.

Also saw this little double flower today while cleaning tank.

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#224 Delapool

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 09:28 PM

Nitrate test results are:

JBL - 40ppm.

API liquid/vial - 5 or 10ppm.

CHEMets - 22ppm (somewhere around that). The CHEMets comes with 30 tests, after that you need to buy more. I think a photo-colour reader can be bought for them which would be useful as I had to ask the family to check the colour but significant extra cost so I think only worth while if using for a business. And for my needs there isn't that much difference between each colour standard. Using the cadmium is slightly worrying though, the powder seems easy to use but yeah, wouldn't do it drinking coffee.

I've wondered for some time if my old API nitrates test kit read a bit high (almost empty but not expired) compared to the new API test kit which just feels like it reads low somewhat.

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#225 Delapool

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:50 PM

Latest tank shot (little messy). Starting to prune everything except the swords pretty regularly now. The bolbitis seems to be getting a little more height so just trying to tame it from spreading too much and burying the crypts.

Did a graph of PAR decline and it came out at about 5% bulb decay per month. Since that was on all of three readings, did another PAR reading today and it spiked back up so I give up. I need a little selfie stick or something so I can set the PAR meter at a set distance under water but parked for moment.

Just looking at pictures it seems to have filled in more. I've noticed the catfish starting to have to bash their way through the plants so think it is getting pretty well filled out at substrate.

15th July
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5th June
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14th May.
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4th April.
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#226 Delapool

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:23 PM

Hmmm, too many test kits....

Bought another API nitrate test kit and both say 5ppm. No colour difference I can see.

Also tested phosphates and sinking down again. Going to have lift dosing I think. Test result 1ppm.


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