Cautious Optimism!

Short post today!

Water parameters:

  • Ammonia 0 ppm
  • Nitrites 1-2 ppm
  • Nitrates 20-40 ppm
  • pH 7.2

I had accidentally rechecked nitrite several hours after my last post (I had meant to just check pH and ammonia, as I had added some ammonia and 1.5 tsp of baking soda), and it was >5.0 ppm again already. So today it has *maybe* dropped… And nitrates definitely spiked. So perhaps the water change has moved the tank into the next phase of the nitrogen cycle?!

Also, added 30 drops of ammonia. We’ll see what tomorrow holds!

No pictures of the tank, birds, or dogs, but I will share the Blue Apron meal we cooked tonight, which was Grains of Paradise-Crusted Steak with Mashed Plantains, Collard Greens and Ginger Peanuts! Absolutely delicious. We’ve been using Blue Apron for a few weeks now and really enjoy it. If anyone wants to try it, I can give a week’s worth of free meals to two people!


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