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Old 11-06-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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First saltwater tank test

It's been 4 weeks since I started my first saltwater fowlr tank..

Here are my test results



Salinity 1.024

Ph 8.3

Ammonia 0

Nitrite .25

Nitrate 7



What do you think? Any ideas or suggestions..



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46 gallon bow front marineland

80 lbs natures ocean live sand

20 lbs live rock

30 lbs dry rock

2 hob marineland 350 filters

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150w heater

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Old 11-06-2014, 12:55 PM   #2
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What did you use for an ammonia source? 7ppm nitrate is really low for the end of a cycle.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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I have to agree with red on this one
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Is that good or bad? put some flake and pellet food...
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when you started your cycle did you get a ammonia spike of at least 4ppm or higher
flakes wouldn't actually bring up the spike high enough thats why we always recommend a deli shrimp or straight pure ammonia
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Not sure put food for about a week.. Then at week 4 bought the api test kit did a 20% WC tested the following day.. Guess I'm try to figure out if I'm ready for a fish yet or did I do it all wrong
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my guess would be your cycle never started
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To find out if you have cycled add ammonia to it and see if it will clear within 24 hrs and your nitrite does not go up. You can not add any livestock until nitrite is minimal or close to 0.
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Ok thanks I will try that
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What would be the best alternative for water changed since I don't have a ro/di unit..
Tap water or water from the refill station ( where you fill up 5 gallon bottles)
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