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Old 05-07-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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First saltwater tank

This is my first and I've think I hit a road block, I have a sixty gallon display with a thirty gallon sump/refugium. Also 65 pounds of live rock and 130lbs of live sand . I think I'm done cycling the tank and have added a few snails to clean up , an still have about six damsels left from the cycling . What should be my next step ? Any help would be appreciated .
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #2
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Did you test the water to confirm your cycling was complete. How long has it been running? Took me a month to do a raw shrimp cycle. Test salinity?
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Definitely test your water parameters to know that you are finished cycling. If you are complete I would do a large water change to ensure your nitrates get down to zero.

What are you plans for the tank? FOWLR or reef? If reef you may want to return the damsels for more peaceful fish. Have you thought of a stock list yet? What equipment do you have on the tank? How long has it been up and running?
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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I did test yesterday and everything was as normal except nitrates was .05 and ammonia was @ .5 so I added some ammo lock . I had just the water and live rock running for 2 weeks then I added the live sand last Friday and the damsels 2 days later after the water cleared. How do I know that my cycle has completed ? I've heard that I should do a water change with a deep sand bed . Is that true ? Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:25 PM   #5
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:49 PM   #6
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Oh I forgot , I have a skimmer CPR overflow and 1 pump. That's it as far as equipment . I'll put up my test results later when I get home. Thanks again .
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Just wait and don't do anything right now, your cycle isn't over. If you've only had the sand and fish in for a few days its just starting most likely. When your amonia and nitrite read 0 without adding chemicals then your cycle is done and you can add fish. You have 6 damsels in a 60 gallon tank. This is way too many as damsels are mean and territorial and will attack the new fish you buy. If you want a peaceful tank scoop them out now and take them back. Or if you're planning a damsel only tank you're on your way...lol Oh and it doesn't matter how deep your sandbed is, water changes are a must. Just don't stick the vacume into the sand, suck out only water and put in new.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:14 PM   #8
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Here are yesterday's test results :
Calcium 360
Kh 125.3
Phosphate 0
Nitrate 5
Nitrite 0
Ph 8.2

Thanks for the help , I'm reading as much as I can on to try and eliminate the same questions . The damsels were free , some gift huh? . Some old timer gave them to me do I can cycle the tank and I HATE those little ..... Lol . Sure are hard to catch with all these rocks .
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