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Old 01-02-2013, 10:32 PM   #11
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A month now but no I don't have that but the people that I have talked to have said its fine to get fish now
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:36 PM   #12
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Ok, so you had water, sand, and rock in it for about a month before adding the fish?
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:39 PM   #13
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Yes just about a month now..I'm going to buy that kit you mentioned about and also if the nitrogen builds up how would you fix it? I just wanna make sure since you are very helpful
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:58 PM   #14
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Ok, you definitely need those tests down the line anyway. If your tank is totally cycled you should get the following readings

Ammonia = 0 ppm
Nitrites = 0 ppm
Nitrates = 50 ppm or less

Ammonia and Nitrites are both really bad for fish. Here's how the nitrogen cycle works....

Ammonia is converted to nitrite by one species of bacteria. Then nitrites are converted to nitrates by another species of bacteria. Nitrates are usually removed by water changes which you should be doing every 1-2 weeks. Change out about 20% of your water. You can probably do a ten gallon water change.

When you test, if you find any ammonia or nitrites I would do a large water change, maybe 20 gallons or so.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:59 PM   #15
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Would you recommend a circulation fan? Anything else you would recommend?
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:18 PM   #16
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Are you referring to water circulation? If so then yes, you need something to get the water moving in there. For a fowlr (fish only with live rock) system like yours I would recommend 10-20 times the tank volume for flow per hour. So you would be looking at around 550gph and 1100gph. I use koralia evolution for flow.

http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/hydor-...evolution.html

There is a lot of good info on the web. It takes time to get used to the jargon but you will get there. I started my tank about 10 months ago and I have learned a ton this first year.

Another good article for a beginner....

http://www.liveaquaria.com/PIC/article.cfm?aid=223
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:41 PM   #17
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Thank you for all your help!!! Is there anything else you recommend?
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:17 AM   #18
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Not right now. Just ask questions when they come up. The more you post the more followers you will get. A lot of people that know more than me for sure.
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