One week update:
Itís been a week and no significant changes to anything in the tank yet. However, the water got a little hazy (not as clear as normal) on day 2 and 3. On the 4th day it clear up and back to normal.
No new patches of HA nor old ones getting any larger or longer. Small patches of cyno still there as well.
However, with the cheap API Nitrate test kit, it seems the color on the end result has gotten lighter from 30ppm to maybe 20ppm, no telling. I went ahead and bought a new Hagen/Nutrafin test kit as well and that show 0-.5 as the end result. These kits are not expired but, Iím not sure if any of the Nitrate test kits are any good. I donít want to keep buying test these kits. So, Iím policing everyone who is reading this thread. What is a better test kit for testing Nitrate? Thanks for your help.
my water parameters are as follows:
Did not test for Ammonia or Nitrite
Salinity is 1.025 refractor meter
Calcium 440 API test kit
Mag 1470-1500 Salifert test kit
Alk 9 DKH API test kit
Phosphates 0 API test kit
Nitrates looking to be 20 on the API test kit but, 5 on the Hagen/Nutrafin
TLF 550 as of 29 Apr 11