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  1. Myra doesn't think forums of any kind will survive. She might be correct on that point, but if I had a crystal ball, I'd have bought Apple shares with my pocket money - who knows the future!?? Wish I did. I would personally like to apologise for my absence - wife is not well and is not getting any better, nor going to get any better. Been really busy. Hospital appointments and visits. Wish Myra would return - I completely understand that she was making a huge effort, with posts and new photos when others were not making the same effort (in the beginning) - when we were brand new, We have unfortunately lost more than we have gained along the way, as far as I can see, me included, due to issues.... If we are still around, we still have a chance, but unfortunately life and life issues surpass membership on the forum, as I, Walt, Ginger and others have discovered. Come back when you can is the best any of us can do? But... We ARE still here, but (my old drum) content, and fresh content is the best thing "we" could have. I am so sorry that I have not been around so much.....
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    Maybe you are a bit biased, but that is a mother's right! My mum and dad left after a week's visit this morning. I grew up with dogs and they loved their dogs, the ones I grew up with. But they would talk to MY dog, but rarely interact. Truth is, only we love our children and dogs the way we do, everyone else just tolerates our "friends"? From the photo though, I reckon the child won - Mum fell asleep sooner! But well done - I got into big trouble once, when my first daughter was handed to me, to mind in the morning, when the wife went for a shower. In my defense, I was not fully awake (at all), but i have never lived down the fact that Grace landed on the floor, and I was still unaware that she was with me! I was asleep in the bed, the baby on the floor asleep (or perhaps unconscious) when she came out of the en-suite. Fortunately Grace seems to have no significant after effects ( 1st year finished at University), but if only she could learn to switch off lights and turn off taps........ Perhaps that is my failure to prevent her drop onto a (very padded) carpet?
  3. Ash, would you please start a new topic on this issue - I think folks will see and find it quicker.
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    Operation De*nitrate

    Ohhhhh, well then. Sorry I misread the post! And you now know that it works, which is great! Does that mean that we can get the last part of the cycle - Nitrates to Nitrogen? Either way, we are still gonna need the water changes to keep the minerals and GH KH up, but I did think that this part of the cycle must be at least in theory possible?? Is that your finding? I have no findings at all, so far!
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    Operation De*nitrate

    My experiment isn't going well, but it is the same claim with different media. We all understand that anaerobic bugs need low oxygen, a situation which not be found in a normal filter, but equally a filter driven by any pump would also be not a low oxygen environment. My experiment failed because of neglect - too many days in hospitals, but I am still adding ammonia, but not measuring results. Must get back to that. Good luck with your tests - is that Hitomi stuff claiming to be a bug growth media, or is it in any way chemically fixing nitrate? Sorry, I couldn't find any google tings about it - only Japanese folks. It makes sense to me that somewhere there must be bugs or something converting Nitrates back to Nitrogen, else the seas and lakes would be full of nitrates? Why wouldn't this be possible in a tank? The other bits are possible......
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    Sick shubunkin :(

    As everyone knows, I know little about diseases in fish, but often after a large meal, I like to have a wee snooze. I know that the clamping might not be normal, but maybe that is just the way he does things? I cannot add anything to this or the previous query, except that if he seems happy the rest of the time, maybe he is a greedy eater? (?like me) As for having a larger than comfortable, or strange poop, well I am not going to comment... except to say that I am happy to have some privacy! How long has the "real Peter" been doing this at this stage? Again I know little about what the problem might be, but if he does seem happy the rest of the time, and he has not gone in any way downhill, maybe that is just the way he "rolls"?? I reckon, (and this is just my opinion) that if he seems happy for the most time, maybe that is just "Peter"????? But again, I don't honestly know!
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    API ammonia failure???

    Probably - if you were born last millenium, you are old! I'm a child of the 60's so a complete "free love" one, me! ; ) 30+years BEFORE the millenium bug didn't destroy the world, and yet 18 years after the bug didn't bite, all forms now have to have a 4 digit year. Even a piece of government paper - here I need to / can certify drivers vision. But each date I need to fill, which is 3 of the same date on the same side of a piece of paper! They all need a 4 digit year. The form I certify is valid for 30 days, so obviously it wasn't 1918. Equally I can't certify a form 100 years in the future, when I and the certified driver will both be dead. So why must the form have a 4 digit year.? 4 digit years annoy me a lot! Peace and love man! 1960s
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    API ammonia failure???

    Just that old folks remember when an emoticon would stay as it was rather than being automatically converted to an emoji ( )
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    Anchor Worms Suck...that is all.

    Yup, That does suck. At least they are easy enough to spot, and well done you for keeping up with the females! Any update? Parasites are such horrible things in general, but those that kill their host are just plain dumb...... But maybe in a huge amount of water, there would be more "food" to keep all the parasites happy?
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    API ammonia failure???

    So after some life busy-ness, and other things (Revenue) as always - same as the IRS. I read that the first chemical is actually the "binder" which will only bind to the NH3 molecules, and not the NH4s. The next chemical is the one which is corrosive ( I read ) which then causes the colour change. That's what I read, but please don't quote me on that!! I'm not home to see the bottles - and therefore which one is marked corrosive... All I know is that my two measuring methods rarely agree about very much at all😯 Wooah, way more Emojis, which is very confusing to old blokes! Some "young un" needs to explain these to the more "mature" members. I'm "old enough" to remember when they used to be called emoticons! And that must be very old ":)"
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    API ammonia failure???

    For what it is worth, I completely (THOUGHT THAT I) understood that the first corrosive chemical in the API converted all of the "good" ammonium into ammonia. The next one read the TOTAL. This does kindof make sense to me as my aquarium doodah claims to read purely NH3, and the results are wayyyy off.. But I did read that API like tests, on scales of yellow to blue are testing for only Ammonia. One of my methods is way off of the other, but I have no idea which, but in a cycled tank, I doubt the errors would be so significant? So, call me biased, but here is some info I have no reason to doubt, but yes it does come from the "Doodah" manufacturer, and to my understanding the doodah should read the same as the API. Given the Doodah only will read to 0.050ppm, still I have a large discrepancy between the two. http://answers.seneye.com/en/water_chemistry/what_is_ammonia_NH3_NH4/Ammonia_Test_Kit If this information is completely wrong, someone needs to "own" it, cos I don't know better! After some other reading, I understand that the first API chemical actually.... This is a cut and paste from this thread elsewhere.... http://www.fishforums.net/threads/chemistry-of-api-test-kits.323156/ API reckons it measures only NH3, but quite how it manages that is beyond my comprehension. But that is in no way implying that it is wrong, more that I am a doofus. I have had this conversation many times, and have never had a response that either I understand, or agree with, but again that doe not imply or suggest that the API is wrong, though I would still reckon that it may be insensitive compared to the Seneye Doodah, but only at low levels which likely do not matter.??
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    API ammonia failure???

    Would you have any suggestions as to what to look for with Ammonium? Ammonium Nitrate is hard to get, especially in Ireland I guess, as it can be made into explosives I think. Maybe the Nitrate would mess the experiment? Actually there are two large bags in a shed at the bag of my place of work. I rent the building from an architect. Why they have 2 large bags of "fertiliser" I do not know. Tempted to go "MythBusters" on it, but I would likely die, so perhaps not. AN-FO I guess not, maybe adding nitrate would mess me up anyway, even if I didn't kill myself by adding diesel for "experimentation"!!! Ammonium chloride then- I read that this dissociates to ammonia and HCL, so probably not good for the tank pH? @Tanki can you recall what Ammonium I should look for? I do see that my tiny tank pH is dropping, so maybe just time for a water change. I did the 3 tests this morning. 4 ammonia, 0 nitrites and zero nitrates. I guess this is more proof of a crashed cycle than a vindication of BioHome ultimate. But I'm going to bumble along until I have some sort of answer. I left the seneye thng in there, and again, it is reading 0.0XX something, yet my API is more blue than green. When I am back at the hospital on Tuesday, I will get a new API kit and test again, need dechlorinator anyway, The local place sells tiny bottles, which are useless even for my not very large tank. So Seneye says 0.034 ammonia, pH at 6.75, which is low for me, and a temp of 17.9 Celsius 64.22F. So tempted to get some diesel for another experiment, anyone have an idea on how to "light" it? Only kidding.
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    I wish I was talented at something - art, music, anything! But no. Guess not everyone can be talented! The keychain is brilliant!
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    API ammonia failure???

    I haven't given up yet, y'all will be be sad to read! I am still confused thought. I added ammonia again to the tank, and got a very green result. The Seneye only reads up to 0.5ppm, and it was obviously above that. So I did a 50% water change, which took my API to yellow, and the seneye to 0.320. And here is my API reading after a 50% water change. I don't understand how the reading could be so far off - I do think that the reading after the 50% would be "closeish" to yellow, but the before one is very seriously green. I need to start again. I calculate that 5 drops of 9.5% ammonia will result in 3.0ppm, and I am going for that with no seneye double checks - after all no-one else uses one, and mainly, I am only actually interested in the resultant nitrate levels after all. To keep things simple, I'm going to call the ammonia concentration 10%, but it is actually 9.5%. But given the tiny tank, there will be dosing errors, as there obviously have been! I'll track added ammonia over the next fortnight, and measure the resultant Nitrates. I wish I had never thought of this.
  15. If we had to look down the tube, I would agree @Kassousminou, but as we need to look across the tube, I reckon that it is just more simple, or profitable for API. Easier than adding another line to the tubes, which to be fair would confuse a lot of people, and using twice the liquid - happy days! That's what I think, but do not know!

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