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Old 05-23-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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I finally got my SaltWater Aquarium running!!!

I've been trying to get this tank up for a awhile. been saving up and at last my 56 gallon tank is running and starting to cycle. just thought I would share if you have any questions about it feel free to ask. Here are some pictures!!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:11 AM   #2
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Looking good, I would definitely add more rock and some rock rubble for your sump what's your plans for the tank? Livestock?
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:26 AM   #3
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I guess he is literally doing it slowly and also due to a budget constraint lol kd
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:43 AM   #4
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Oh yeah lots of more live rock is going in the tank
Just putting it together slowly. I plan on making it a reef tank. I have live rock from where I work plus live sand and also live rock from another SW tank hopefully that will speed up the cycling.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:55 AM   #5
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One simple way of cycling fast is put a raw piece of shrimp enclosed in fine mess such as nylon stocking and leave it there for 1 week to rotten. You will get high ammonia readings but good bacteria will start reproducing on your substrate and rocks. Once you get a good reading on ammonia and nitrate your tank is now cycling and you can add fish. I did mine just for 2 weeks with sand then added live rocks.
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Thanks Jeff I'll probably do that, but when really is a good time for fish like what levels of ammonia and nitrites should my water be at?
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:20 AM   #7
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I don't test for Nitrites since it is converted to Nitrate anyway. Both ammonia and nitrates should have readings close to zero or yellow color if using API test kit.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:23 AM   #8
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When your tank is cycled, your amonia and nitrites will be zero and your nitrAtes will be high. Do a large water change to bring the trates down and you are good to add fish SLOWLY.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:36 AM   #9
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Okay well I'll add some fish food like shrimp or something to help. Tomorrow I'm adding more live rock. Right now I have 40lbs worth of live sand(Fiji pink)the sand bed is about 1/2 inch above the bottom of the tank does that matter or does it need to be thicker?
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Proper thickness of sand is about 3 fingers from the bottom.
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