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Old 07-16-2012, 09:53 PM   #121
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I am pleased to announce that my first saltwater tank finally has water in it!!! To say the least I am beyond excited!! Per the usual customs around here below is a cloudy shot where you can barely make out some rock work lol.

I am going to add the small pieces of live rock that I bought here in a few minutes. I will let the tank sit overnight and clear up then I will run a full round of test and post the params.

Then it will be time to start the cycling process. I followed the cycling guide on this site for my freshwater. The one thing I did notice between fresh and salt is that the salties used shrimp to get ammonia. I used bottled ammonia in my freshwater, can I not use it on this tank as well? If so, how many ppm of ammonia should I add?
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You can dose ammonia in salt also, usually dose up to 4ppm.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:07 PM   #123
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You can dose ammonia in salt also, usually dose up to 4ppm.
Awesome that is what I thought. Already found two bristle worms on the live rock that I got, nice to see life even if its just a worm lol.
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Old 07-17-2012, 12:18 AM   #124
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Clearing crazy fast!
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:40 AM   #125
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It looks sooo good man! Great job with the rock work! I'm so jealous... Starting to think I should go pick up a 20 long rather than trying to set up my 55 fresh... :/ haha
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It looks sooo good man! Great job with the rock work! I'm so jealous... Starting to think I should go pick up a 20 long rather than trying to set up my 55 fresh... :/ haha

Thanks so much! If you only knew how many hours I spent watching tv and arranging rock work on the coffee table while the wife shot me dirty looks. One piece of advice, from my very limited experience so far, is only practice with the rock work in the tank. I made some rock setups that I absolutely loved on the coffe table, but trying to take them apart and put them in the tank the same way...never works.
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Haha my wife loves our aquariums, she just wants nothing to do with them besides buying the fish... Haha, whenever I start ranting on about fish stuff I can see her going off somewhere else in her head... Yeah I'd imagine with that many rocks, getting them back would be nearly impossible but IMO the way you set it up in the tank is better than any of the coffee table setups!
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:11 PM   #128
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So I did my initial round of test to get a baseline of everything in the tank.

Temp: 77F
Salinity: 1.025
PH: 7.8
Ammo: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate:0
Phos: 0
Calcium: 360

Going to dose ammonia to between 3 and 4 ppm.

Turned up heater when I left for work this morning to about 82 for the cycle.
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Awesome build so far. Cant wait for the rest.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:23 PM   #130
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Awesome build so far. Cant wait for the rest.
Thanks! It has been so much fun.
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