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Old 06-17-2010, 06:13 PM   #11
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Ok thanks guys ill drop a couple of the food pellets i have in there. i also tested my water before i changed it and ammonia was still 0, nitrite was a little high at .3. I just changed 30% of the water. Also what is CUC? haha im still not up to date on the lingo
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:18 PM   #12
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:30 PM   #13
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oh ok cool how many snails and what species would you recccomend for 40 gallons? i already have 3 crabs that hitchhiked on my live rock.
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General rule is one crab/snail/something per gallon. I recommend you start a little lower, maybe half or 3/4 of that and see how they do. Its better that they take their time eating it over a week or so, rather then getting a ton, they eat it all, then die off because there is no more food. Big ol' waste of money.
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also got another question that might be contributing to the algae/diatoms...should my light even be on while the tank is cycling? I have been having it on about 10 hrs a day or so
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yea, thats probably fueling it as well. I would go for around 6 hours a day until you get fish/coral in there, then go 8. When the tank is a little more established, you can bump it back up to 10.
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but the diatoms should not hurt or adversely affect any fish right/
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nope, should be fine.
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yeah, you will just have to wait the diatoms out until the available silicates are used up
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