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Old 06-01-2014, 01:38 PM   #61
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You need more surface agitation. BB needs those oxygen to strive.
I do have another pump or power head that's puts oxygen or bubble s into the tank do you recommend that
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Old 06-01-2014, 01:52 PM   #62
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No bubblers are more for fw. I'd just get another ph and point it at the surface.
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Old 06-01-2014, 05:07 PM   #63
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Cycling And Lights

Ok I fixed my power head so it points from the bottom shooting to the top hitting the surface and I also tested my tank.its been about 13 days and my ammonia is about 2-8 can't really tell.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:30 PM   #64
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Just keep watch on Nitrite daily. It will go down sometime and nitrate will shoot up to about 40 or 80.
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Old 06-02-2014, 10:37 AM   #65
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Do you plan a 100% water change to remove all thoses excess nitrates when the cycling will be done ?
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:10 PM   #66
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Do you plan a 100% water change to remove all thoses excess nitrates when the cycling will be done ?
in the next two weeks I will have a week off of school so in that time I plan on doing partial water changes almost everyday(about 4-8g) a change until everything stabilizes. I also got my hands on a 10g aquarium and will be turning it into a refugium only. Does anyone know how this will affect my cycle or should I wait until after the cycle is finished??
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Just make sure the ammonia and nitrite are gone before you start changing water.
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I did a new test and ammonia is finally going down now it's at about 0.50 nitrite the same at about 5.0 and nitrate about the same as last time 10-20ppm. I also have a question I see a lot of refugiums with acrylic glass and etc dividing it. Is it necessary just for a Refugium or can I just have the refugium.
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The sump has a high flow rate that can accommodate filter media, skimmer and what have you. While refugium requires a low flow for the macro algae and copepods to thrive. Some have a combination of both splitting the flow with high and low. The divider in a sump is to have a chamber maintaining a water level for the internal skimmer. Another chamber is for the return pump with variable level and where your ato sensor is mounted. You can have a fuge only without a divider but make sure you have a low flow.
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I disagree on flow rates for refugiums. Fast or slow they seem to work the same. I would keep a consistent flow throughout the sump. It's just easier that way IMO.
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