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Sunday Morning Test Results.

Dkh: 7.8
Calcium: 450
Mag: 1500
PO4: .18
NO3: 5

PO4 slowing coming back down with gfo. No additional losses after that one zoa frag Which is good. This stuff still scares the bojangles outa me and hopefully i can cut it out entirely here soon.

Nitrate level has been a rock solid 5 for as long as I can remembe... I guess I have the right balance of rock/bio media for this system and my overfeeding habits. It really never budges.
 
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Are u testing the po4 throughout the week to keep a closer eye on it imparticular?
yes, Ive been testing it at least twice sometimes three times a week lately to make sure it isn't going down too fast or headed the wrong way.
 

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@Crabby48 Here's what I do that stopped me from wasting Hanna PO4 reagents.

1st get water sample into vial.
2nd cut foil reagent pack open and form V on one of the corners of the open sides to make it easy to pour out.
3rd start Hanna checker and then insert vial.

Once it shows C2, I open the vial and pour in the reagent. Start a 2 min timer and then shake the vial back and forth for the full 2 min or close to it. Place the vial into the checker and hold the button for the 3 minute timer to start.

Ever since I started doing it this way, I never go over the 3 minute shut down of the checker.
 
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I follow the same procedure except I don’t set a timer for the two minutes anymore. Muscle memory has mostly taken over. Every once and a while I don't hold the button down long enough for the 3 min timer to start but thats just it.

Now I can usually test Alk and start the NO3 while the 3 minute timer runs. Ive got these 3 down to about six minutes.
 

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@Crabby48 Here's what I do that stopped me from wasting Hanna PO4 reagents.

1st get water sample into vial.
2nd cut foil reagent pack open and form V on one of the corners of the open sides to make it easy to pour out.
3rd start Hanna checker and then insert vial.

Once it shows C2, I open the vial and pour in the reagent. Start a 2 min timer and then shake the vial back and forth for the full 2 min or close to it. Place the vial into the checker and hold the button for the 3 minute timer to start.

Ever since I started doing it this way, I never go over the 3 minute shut down of the checker.
I always get distracted, I fill a vile as a standard for all my tests and can rerun the test to double check results. I think my record is a 5 retries on po4.....Oh look a Squirrel
 

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