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My Nano Reefs Part Twenty-Two - 9/15 to 6/16

Last Updated: 3/21/19


On 9/5/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.47, 7.55, and 7.42.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 82.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.81
6 Gallon Tank: 79.2 degrees F, 1.0255 SG, pH 7.84
Make up water: 74.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.66


On 9/12/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.49, 7.51, and 7.40.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 81.5 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.79
6 Gallon Tank: 79.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.82
Make up water: 74.1 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.60


On 9/19/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.46, 7.47, and 7.33.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 81.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.69
6 Gallon Tank: 79.0 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.75
Make up water: 75.0 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.55


On 9/26/15, I did the usual. I calibrated the pH meter. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 5.75, 6.02, and 6.27.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 80.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.41
6 Gallon Tank: 77.5 degrees F, 1.0255 SG, pH 7.42
Make up water: 74.0 degrees F, 1.0255 SG, pH 7.38


On 10/3/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.37, 7.43, and 7.34.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 80.0 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.71
6 Gallon Tank: 77.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.75
Make up water: 74.0 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.57


On 10/6/15, I realized that I had not seen my two peppermint shrimp in a few days. A search during feeding on the next day confirmed that they are simply gone. ;-(


On 10/10/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.33, 7.38, and 7.25.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 81.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.62
6 Gallon Tank: 77.9 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.65
Make up water: 73.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.51


On 10/17/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.64, 7.68, and 7.50.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 79.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.85
6 Gallon Tank: 76.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.89
Make up water: 74.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.71


On 10/24/15, I did the usual. I calibrated the pH meter which always makes the readings more inaccurate! I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 5.78, 5.97, and 6.14.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 78.0 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.27
6 Gallon Tank: 76.8 degrees F, 1.0255 SG, pH 7.29
Make up water: 73.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.32


On 10/31/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.49, 7.52, and 7.35.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 78.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.69
6 Gallon Tank: 75.5 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.77
Make up water: 73.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.59


On 11/7/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.25, 7.29, and 7.16.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 81.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.50
6 Gallon Tank: 77.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.56
Make up water: 74.5 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.39


On 11/14/15, I did the usual. I tested the pH twice. The first time, I got 7.44, 7.45, and 7.30.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 77.3 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.64
6 Gallon Tank: 74.3 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.70
Make up water: 73.9 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.51


On 11/21/15, I did the usual. I calibrated the pH meter which always makes it worse. The first reading, I got 5.72, 5.89, and 6.02.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.92
6 Gallon Tank: 74.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.95
Make up water: 75.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.97


On 11/28/15, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.36, 7.32, and 7.19.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.45
6 Gallon Tank: 74.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.51
Make up water: 73.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.36


On 12/5/15, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.48, 7.47, and 7.28.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 75.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.61
6 Gallon Tank: 74.0 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.66
Make up water: 73.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.49


On 12/12/15, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.40, 7.36, and 7.20.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.49
6 Gallon Tank: 74.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.53
Make up water: 73.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.37


On 12/12/15, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.52, 7.42, and 7.21. The meter was due for calibration but I was short on time so I didn't do it.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.48
6 Gallon Tank: 74.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.59
Make up water: 73.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.41


On 12/26/15, I did the usual. I tried to calibrate the pH meter twice but, both times, it failed. I then just used it with the previous calibration. I can't believe it's dead already; I will try fresh pH solutions next week to see if that works. The first pH meter reading, I got 6.85, 6.86, and 6.81.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 78.3 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.99
6 Gallon Tank: 75.0 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.07
Make up water: 73.3 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.03


On 1/2/16, I did the usual. I forgot to get new pH solutions so I couldn't calibrate the bad pH meter but still used it. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.42, 7.35, and 7.19.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.43
6 Gallon Tank: 74.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.55
Make up water: 73.9 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.42


On 1/9/16, I did the usual. I finally got new pH solutions, and the meter did calibrate. The first pH meter reading, I got 5.50, 5.64, and 5.82.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.96
6 Gallon Tank: 73.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.97
Make up water: 73.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.85


On 1/16/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.03, 6.96, and 6.83.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.06
6 Gallon Tank: 76.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.11
Make up water: 73.5 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.02


On 1/23/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.32, 7.23, and 7.12.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 73.5 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.30
6 Gallon Tank: 76.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.33
Make up water: 68.9 degrees F, 1.024 SG, pH 7.26


On 1/30/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.32, 7.23, and 7.03.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 75.2 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.33
6 Gallon Tank: 76.0 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.37
Make up water: 73.1 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.20


On 2/6/16, I did the usual. I tried to calibrate the pH meter twice but it failed both times. This is getting really irritating! I went ahead and used the meter although you can see the results truly cannot be anywhere near reality! The first pH meter reading, I got 5.56, 5.66, and 5.80.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 75.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.53
6 Gallon Tank: 73.8 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.62
Make up water: 73.4 degrees F, forgot to measure SG, pH 6.61


On 2/13/16, I did the usual. I tried to calibrate the pH meter twice, and it finally passed with a delay the second time. The readings were ridiculous. Remember that the make up water is a reef salt mix with added calcium. The mix says it makes a pH near 8. The first pH meter reading, I got 5.51, 5.66, and 5.79.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 74.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.70
6 Gallon Tank: 75.1 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.75
Make up water: 73.2 degrees F, 1.0255 SG, pH 6.66


On 2/20/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.25, 7.17, and 6.95. Look at how different the results are from last week when they should be almost the same!

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 74.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.61
6 Gallon Tank: 73.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.62
Make up water: 73.3 degrees F, 1.0255 SG, pH 7.42


On 2/21/16, I was getting crickets at Petco when I noticed that they had a few coral frags which was unusual for them. They were only $15. I saw a kind I didn't have, a Goniopora so I picked him up. I'm not sure where to place the frag but stuck it in a crevice of rock in the 6 gallon tank after drip acclimation. He's still tiny so I have time to figure out a plan. That tank is full of mushrooms, and the 12 gallon is overtaken by green star polyps which I have to cut back almost every week to get them from blocking all the light to the little brain coral.


On 2/27/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.55, 7.42, and 7.20. Look at how different the results are from last week when they should be almost the same!

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 75.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.72
6 Gallon Tank: 76.7 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 7.72
Make up water: 73.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.53


On 3/5/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 7.63, 7.54, and 7.32. Nemo bit me hard enough to draw blood.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 75.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.89
6 Gallon Tank: 76.6 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 7.88
Make up water: 73.5 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 7.72


On 3/12/16, I did the usual. I calibrated the pH meter if you can call it that. Look at these ridiculous results. The first pH meter reading, I got 5.50, 5.51, and 5.59. Nemo bit me again but no blood.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 77.1 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.40
6 Gallon Tank: 76.7 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.40
Make up water: 73.6 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.41


On 3/19/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 6.24, 6.28, and 6.34. I moved the new Goniopora coral a few inches over and up in the 6 gallon tank after picking a huge mushroom coral and putting it elsewhere. The mushrooms have taken over and killed my other corals. ;-(

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 77.3 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.39
6 Gallon Tank: 74.4 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.42
Make up water: 73.1 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.46


On 3/26/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 6.24, 6.28, and 6.35.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.8 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.42
6 Gallon Tank: 76.3 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.45
Make up water: 73.7 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.50


On 4/2/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 5.95, 5.86, and 5.88. I know you're lying pH meter!

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 78.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.03
6 Gallon Tank: 75.4 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.06
Make up water: 73.9 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.15


On 4/9/16, I did the usual. I calibrated the pH meter which should make it better but makes it worse. The first pH meter reading, I got 5.20, 5.37, and 5.48.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 75.4 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.28
6 Gallon Tank: 73.7 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.32
Make up water: 73.7 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.31


On 4/16/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 6.13, 6.10, and 6.14.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 76.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.16
6 Gallon Tank: 74.9 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.19
Make up water: 73.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.23


On 4/23/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 6.10, 6.11, and 6.17. I bought some dip sticks and tested the water. The nitrate and nitrite were all negative. The pH read as 7 for the two tanks but 8.5 for the make-up water which is what I would expect even though the pH meter always has a low result. The KH read as around 80 ppm for the two tanks and 180 ppm for the make-up water. It would be expected to have more.

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 79.9 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.29
6 Gallon Tank: 74.9 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.30
Make up water: 74.5 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.31


On 4/30/16, I did the usual. The first pH meter reading, I got 6.16, 6.19, and 6.25. The pH meter is totally worthless. I don't know why I keep recording this information. It's hard to break the habit I guess. I really don't need to check the water weekly unless there's a problem. I need to stop. Is there a 10 step program?

The water test results for the day were:
12 Gallon Tank: 77.2 degrees F, 1.026 SG, pH 6.26
6 Gallon Tank: 74.9 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.29
Make up water: 73.6 degrees F, 1.025 SG, pH 6.34


On 5/7/16, I did the usual except I gave up on the pH meter. It was due for calibration but what's the point? The results are so far from real that I don't do anything about them anyway! I did check the salinity for both tanks and the make-up water. They were all 1.025 SG.


I did the usual on 5/14/16. The three salinity results were 1.0255, 1.025, and 1.025 SG. I changed the lamp out in the 6 gallon nano tank.


I did the usual on 5/21/16. I have no idea why I didn't record the salinity results here!


I did the usual a day late on 5/29/16. All three salinities were 1.025. The thermometer read 84 in the 12 gallon tank and 78 degrees F in the 6 gallon tank. I changed the two lamps in the 12 gallon nano tank.


On 6/4/16, all three salinities were 1.025. The 12 gallon's thermometer read 84 degrees F, and the 6 gallon's read 80 degrees F.


On 6/11/16, all three salinities were 1.025. The 12 gallon's thermometer read 84 degrees F, and the 6 gallon's thermometer read 80 degrees F.


On 6/18/16, the salinities were 1.025, 1.0255, and 1.025 for the 12 and 6 gallon tanks and the make-up water. The 12 gallon's thermometer read 85 degrees F, and the 6 gallon's thermometer read 80 degrees F.


On 6/25/16, the salinities were 1.025, 1.025, and 1.025 for the 12 and 6 gallon tanks and the make-up water. The 12 gallon's thermometer read 84 degrees F, and the 6 gallon's thermometer read 80 degrees F.


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