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Old 05-19-2014, 08:49 PM   #31
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I have added all my live rocks and I have tested my ammonia(range of 1.0-2.0 I believe) nitrite (0) and nitrate (0). Also I think I need help aqua scapeing and may need more live rocks. What do you guys think.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:16 PM   #32
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A pound to a pound and a half per gallon is a good guideline when deciding how much rock you need. 30 gallon tank...30-45 pounds of rock.
I can't speak for the bacteria in those bottles you added. I have never added supplemental bacteria to any tank I have cycled...I just cycled it as you are, with an ammonia source and patience.
The aquascape is entirely up to you. You are the one who will have to look at this tank for the duration, not us. Just try not to stack the rock in such a way that you have a lot of dead spots or low flow areas where uneaten food and fish poop can collect.
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Also build some overhangs and hiding holes for the fish.
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:14 AM   #34
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If those readings are accurate the 0 nitrite and 0 nitrate means there is not enough bacteria consuming those ammonia yet. Take readings daily and you will notice nitrite will slowly go up first. When it reaches the peak (spike) it will gradually go down and nitrate will start going up. Do not change water until the nitrite stays down to minimum. At that instance, you will notice the nitrate will be very high. That's the time you do large water change and then you can slowly introduce your live stock.
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:07 PM   #35
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about day 5 I believe since I started(if you count the from the moment I added the shrimp. The ammonia readings are just going up and up about2.0-4.0 now and no nitrite or nitrate reading yet no problem. Now the questions I have are do you guys think uv sterilizers are good the reason I started thinking about it is because I had a canister filter before but also in my tank I had cyanobacteria and bubble algae while using the filter. do you guys think if I re use the canister it might be re introduced into my new system and would a uv help just in case.

ps. iam also not very good at remembering when to do water changes as I can get lazy and school can get complicated so the more filtration the better for me I guess. I also picked that uv below because it was in a good price range and it had green killing machine


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Old 05-21-2014, 11:13 PM   #36
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Canister is bad filtration for a reef, it will become a nitrate factory...
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:22 PM   #37
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what about a coral life super skimmer rated for a 65 gallon I have heard good and bads about this skimmer but the same about any skimmer. This skimmer caught my attention because as mr x said an internal will take up to much space well this skimmer can go in a sump and hang on the back of the tanks as well what are your thoughts guys.

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Coralife ss65 is not worth your time. I haven't heard anything bad about quality skimmers. Don't expect this skimmer to perform like more popular brands. A UV sterilizer won't do anything for cyano or bubble algae.
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Coralife ss65 is not worth your time. I haven't heard anything bad about quality skimmers. Don't expect this skimmer to perform like more popular brands. A UV sterilizer won't do anything for cyano or bubble algae.

We'll Iam still shaky on what to get to help me keep down nitrite and other harmful elements out a the tank as on I wouldn't be able to do a water change every week.
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What if I get a hang on the back Refugium or create one instead would that work better instead of a skimmer
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