March 2013
Wed
6
Dosed 10 ml of Nutrafin Cycle
Dosed 0.2 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Changed 9 Gallons of water
  52.9%
Measured Temperature at 27 C
Measured Nitrate at 5 ppm
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Measured Ammonia at 0.25 ppm
Measured pH at 6.5 pH
Tue
5
Dosed 0.2 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Dosed 15 ml of Nutrafin Cycle
Clean Glass
Changed 9 Gallons of water
  52.9%
Measured Nitrate at 5 ppm
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Measured Ammonia at 0.40 ppm
Measured pH at 6.8 pH
Measured Temperature at 27 C
Mon
4
Ammonia levels are still too high each day. I'm treating with chemicals for now but that doesn't address the problem. Shouldn't have put so many fish in the tank, it's all my own fault! I will cut down feeding to once per day for a while to see if that helps at all.
Dosed 10 ml of Nutrafin Cycle
Changed 4.5 Gallons of water
  26.5%
Dosed 2.5 ml of Seachem Prime
Dosed 0.2 ml of Kent Marine pH Stable
Clean Glass
Measured Nitrate at 5 ppm
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Measured Ammonia at 0.25 ppm
Measured pH at 6.2 pH
Measured Temperature at 27 C
Sun
3
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Measured Nitrate at 5 ppm
Measured Ammonia at 0.25 ppm
Measured pH at 6.8 pH
Measured Temperature at 27 C
Sat
2
Dosed 10 ml of Nutrafin Cycle
Trying to strengthen the biological filter.
Dosed 0.2 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Dosed 5 ml of Seachem Prime
Hoping this will remove the free ammonia without a water change today!
Measured Temperature at 27 C
Measured Nitrate at 5 ppm
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Measured pH at 6.6 pH
Measured Ammonia at 0.25 ppm
Fri
1
Measured Ammonia at 0.10 ppm
Not sure of the precise value. My testing kit (API Master Freshwater) shows either 0 or 0.25 with nothing in-between. The colour wasn't quite yellow (0) and it wasn't quite the greeny colour for 0.25 either. I guess it is about 0.1 or something like that. Can anyone recommend a kit that provides a more accurate number for ammonia?
Dosed 10 ml of Nutrafin Cycle
Hopefully this will help cut out the ammonia build up which has happened over the last week. Too many fishes!
Changed 6.8 Gallons of water
  39.7%
Clean Glass
Measured Nitrate at 5 ppm
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Measured Ammonia at 0.25 ppm
Measured Temperature at 26 C
Measured pH at 7.0 pH
I'm really pleased to see that the pH level has held firm at 7.0 overnight. I think this conforms that the wood I had in there was responsible for the drastic pH drop.
February 2013
Thu
28
Measured pH at 7.0 pH
Target reached!
Dosed 0.2 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Last dosing brought the pH up nicely so I put another 1/4 teaspoon to hopefully hit the target of 7.0.
Measured pH at 6.8 pH
Dosed 0.2 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Increased dose a little as the amount used before wasn't increasing pH. Hope that's okay!
Measured pH at 6.6 pH
Dosed 0.1 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Measured pH at 6.6 pH
Coming up!
Dosed 0.1 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Measured pH at 6.4 pH
Doesn't appear to have increased over the past hour.
Dosed 0.1 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Measured pH at 6.4 pH
Dosed 0.1 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable
Removed wood from the aquarium that I think might be lowering the pH level so much. It was wood I found in Lynn Canyon. I'll continue to monitor the pH over the next few days and see if it stabilizes now the wood is gone. Right now I'm adding 1/8 tsp of Kent Marine pH Stable each hour until the pH reaches 7.5.
Changed 4.5 Gallons of water
  26.5%
Measured Nitrite at 0.00 ppm
Measured Ammonia at 0.25 ppm
Measured Nitrate at 5 ppm
Seems to have come down a bit since yesterday. The more frequent water changes should continue to help. Just need to sort out the ammonia spike now but hopefully in the next few days that will come down also.
Measured pH at 6.0 pH
Measured Temperature at 27 C