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Old 05-15-2012, 02:41 PM   #31
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I'm actually down to 4 damsels , how often should I test ? Right now I'm testing once a week .
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:58 PM   #32
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I read on another thread that having a filter sock will lengthen the cycle , is this true ?
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:07 PM   #33
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No. I don't see how that would matter at all. Once a week is fine IMO.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #34
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It's been a month now and here are my latest test results , how do they look?
Aquarium my tank parameters are:

Temperature: 80.8
Salinity: 1.025
Ammonia, NH4: 0
Nitrate, NO3: 20
Nitrite, NO2: 0
pH: 8.2
Alkalinity, KH: 9
Calcium, Ca: 360
Magnesium, Mg: 1,440

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Old 06-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #35
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Looks good. Water change to get rid of the nitrates and then dose for calcium. You want it in the 420-450 range
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:25 PM   #36
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This was a lesson learned. You went threw allot to get this cycled properly. IMO, you would have been better to do a fish less cycle (future reference). Your water looks alright now, and even tho it was at the cost of life, I would say you can comfortably "restart" adding after a water change. If you use reef crystal, you won't need to dose calc.
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:00 PM   #37
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Yes it was a hard lesson learned , now I know for my next tank . Fish less cycle is definitely the way to go.i bought the bionic calcium, alkalinity and magnesium concentrate but I think I will till this weekend and do a water change before I start dosing . Of course if I do I'm going to ask first what's the best way to go about it. I have my RO/DI unit set up and I bought RED SEA salt . Is that salt good ?
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Yes it is. Just make sure to mix your water over night. Maybe do a 30% water change to drop those trates
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Old 06-07-2012, 03:41 PM   #39
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Should that be 30% of the DT or overall ?
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Do not does for calcium unless you are also buffering alkalinity. Adding calcium to the tank right now will lower the alk and you do not want that.
I agree with using a reef grade salt mix and not needing to dose much of anything. Having the calcium level at 360 is not going to hurt anything immediately. It will just slow the growth of coral skeletons. You can raise it slowly with weekly water changes if you like.
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