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Old 06-29-2008, 06:20 PM   #11
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back then I started buying what my "friend" the store owner told me to buy to start the aquarium, and every fish I liked I asked if I could have it, and there went my atm with my blond moments, so I ended up with, a mandarin, a yellow tang, a cowfish, a chocolate and yellow clown (forgot the name), 2 fire fish , a damselfish, jawfish, and a blue star I counted that as a fish, an anemone, I had them for almost 2 years without any problem, until I had to move. I gave them frozen food, also the mandarin ate that, I bought a piece of live rock, like 6 pounds of branch from tonga, but when I got home, I started to look at it and I saw a worm, so I put the piece inside clorox, and next day I saw dousands of animals floating , yes another beyond blond moment!!, anyways I ended up throwing it away, Now I started to cicle the tank and with a lil mor knowledge, a little!!. and everything seemed to be goin right until I did the first water change.
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:31 PM   #12
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thank you for your help. Il consider the RO, but isnt that for larger aquariums? since I have a tiny one, I might even start buying bottle water I used to do that to my first tank, I bought every month like 8 gallons of water, and every 2 weeks I changed 4 gallons, first in a 10gl tank I poured the water and then the vitamins and calcium and bacteria, etc and left it over night with a submersible pump
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Old 06-29-2008, 07:01 PM   #13
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Your putting way too much Neutralizer. I use the recomended ammount in my tank and my ammonia goes up to .5 for about an hour then goes back to 0. Alot of neutralizers give a false reading of ammonia when first put in the water when they are doing their jobs of neutralizing the chlorine in the water. I woudlnt worry about it unless your ammonia stays up for a long time or if you check the ammonia in the tap water and it is at above 0.
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I might even start buying bottle water I used to do that to my first tank
This would be an excellent idea. RO, RO/DI or even distilled would be better than tap. JMO
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:01 PM   #15
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Bottled water is a good idea. Just be sure that you are getting distilled or RODI not just regular bottled water. The regular stuff may have tons of minerals that are fine for humans but bad for a marine tank.

I don't understand your mixing procdure though. Vitamins, bacteria, and minerals? All you need to do is mix the water with a quality salt mix to a SG of 1.024 -1.025 (using a reactometer with ATC (automatic temperature compensation). Bring the water to the same temp as the tank, add the salt mix and a ph to mix, leave it at least overnight (24 hours is preferable) then do the pwc.
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thats what I used to do, I used to put 4gl of botlle water and mix the salt, some bacteria solution a lil calcium to promote ph, some probiotic to prevent infections and vitamin c. I dunno anything my friend said I needed, I bought! back then, but now I read and try to learn a bit more about marine life and trying not to make same mistakes, although now im thinking positive, maybe I need to throw away the tank and buy a new one, lol kiddin (another blonde moment)
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Now you know to just mix the salt and let it sit overnight before doing the PWC. Just post here before doing anything major and you'll no longer have any 'blonde moments'. Well aquarium wise anyway
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