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Old 01-15-2015, 07:53 AM   #21
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I would not heavily disrupt this tank by removing rocks and sand. Just figure out your parameters and buy a bucket of reef grade salt for water changes. Do weekly water changes until everything bounces back. You need daylights on that tank for that anemone. This is why it's at the top- not nearly enough light.
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:35 AM   #22
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So today I acquired a water test from the little pet smart in town.

Nitrate levels were off the chart >200 ppm.
Nitrite was about .5 ppm.
Alkalinity was 120-300 ppm. On the higher side.
pH was about 7.4-7.8.

Using: Tetra Easy Strips

I was not able to get the salinity checked but he has one (a salinity checker?) so I will look up how to use it and figure that out. I was directed to the product Prime (I had heard of it on here so was willing to buy it) and was wondering if that would be something that I should put in before/after a water change or both. I am going to be cleaning it Thursday most likely.







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Old 01-17-2015, 10:30 PM   #23
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Good luck. The water change, filter clean is certainly a great start


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Old 01-17-2015, 11:20 PM   #24
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Wow, I've never heard of a saltwater tank with readings that bad.
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If you're (should be) using RO/DI, there's no reason to dose with Prime, IMO.


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Old 01-17-2015, 11:58 PM   #26
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Thank you for all of your feedback!

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If you're (should be) using RO/DI, there's no reason to dose with Prime, IMO.
I agree, however I don't have the resources to have a reverse osmosis filter. So after multiple good reviews of Prime I decided it wouldn't hurt, right?

Also, would removing the fish while cleaning be a good idea, or more stressful? I can't decide if my hand in and out of the tank would be worse than putting them in a separate tank while I clean. I'm not sure how salt water fish would react.

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I agree, however I don't have the resources to have a reverse osmosis filter. So after multiple good reviews of Prime I decided it wouldn't hurt, right?

Also, would removing the fish while cleaning be a good idea, or more stressful? I can't decide if my hand in and out of the tank would be worse than putting them in a separate tank while I clean. I'm not sure how salt water fish would react.

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Just leave them in the tank. The prime will work just fine. It can't really get any worse in this tank.
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Thanks so much, everyone!
I'll post pics after I clean it later this week.

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I would not heavily disrupt this tank by removing rocks and sand. Just figure out your parameters and buy a bucket of reef grade salt for water changes. Do weekly water changes until everything bounces back. You need daylights on that tank for that anemone. This is why it's at the top- not nearly enough light.
+1 I totally agree with Mr.X. For a neglected tank this is all you have to do plus manual removal of algae in glass. You use prime only if the nitrite level stays high after several water changes. I would do 50% water change the first time and followed by 20% weekly until parameter is at acceptable level.
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+1 I totally agree with Mr.X. For a neglected tank this is all you have to do plus manual removal of algae in glass. You use prime only if the nitrite level stays high after several water changes. I would do 50% water change the first time and followed by 20% weekly until parameter is at acceptable level.
The prime is for the new water, there isn't access to ro/di so tap is going to be used for water changes.
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