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Old 08-02-2012, 01:09 AM   #211
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Here is the updates for tonight. Hopefully I will be ready for my first fish and coral on Tuesday when I am off.

Temp: 79
Salinity: 1.025
Ph: 7.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 1
Nitrate: 160
Alk: 8
Phos: 0
Calcium: 440
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:21 AM   #212
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So I have found some good deals on skimmers. Both are HOB models: Aqua C or CPR? I can pay $40 for the CPR or $50 for the Aqua C. Which is better?
You don't really need a skimmer as long as
Your on top of your wc weekly I have a biocube 14 with no skimmer just weekly 5g wc's



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Old 08-02-2012, 01:22 AM   #213
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Also, is it normal to not have diatoms during the cycle. Every tank build I have ever watched they went through a diatom bloom. Is it because I cycled with pure ammonia instead of the dead shrimp?
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:23 AM   #214
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You don't really need a skimmer as long as
Your on top of your wc weekly I have a biocube 14 with no skimmer just weekly 5g wc's



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I have heard a lot of people say that, but I like the idea that I can remove extra gunk from my water. I had no plans of getting one until I found one for so cheap.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:24 AM   #215
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Here is the updates for tonight. Hopefully I will be ready for my first fish and coral on Tuesday when I am off.

Temp: 79
Salinity: 1.025
Ph: 7.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 1
Nitrate: 160
Alk: 8
Phos: 0
Calcium: 440
Looks good just do a good few water changes to
Get those nitrates as close to 0 and your set for some fishes and corals
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:26 AM   #216
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Also, is it normal to not have diatoms during the cycle. Every tank build I have ever watched they went through a diatom bloom. Is it because I cycled with pure ammonia instead of the dead shrimp?
I would reccomend a skimmer itll help keep organic matter down and also adds oxygen but i do agree on keeping up on maintenance
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:01 AM   #217
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Here is the updates for tonight. Hopefully I will be ready for my first fish and coral on Tuesday when I am off.

Temp: 79
Salinity: 1.025
Ph: 7.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 1
Nitrate: 160
Alk: 8
Phos: 0
Calcium: 440
If your using the API test kit for nitrate you need to divide the number by 4.4 to get the true nitrate reading. Also it will not read beyond 160 so you may be higher than you think.
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:56 AM   #218
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Looks good just do a good few water changes to
Get those nitrates as close to 0 and your set for some fishes and corals
He has nitrite of 1ppm, not ready to do water changes and add anything. Ammonia and nitrite must be 0ppm, then water changes and ready for critters.
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He has nitrite of 1ppm, not ready to do water changes and add anything. Ammonia and nitrite must be 0ppm, then water changes and ready for critters.
Ha you beat me to it.
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He has nitrite of 1ppm, not ready to do water changes and add anything. Ammonia and nitrite must be 0ppm, then water changes and ready for critters.
Didn't catch that nitrite reading I take that statement
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