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Old 09-28-2011, 05:42 PM   #21
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Sorry...I meant you arent going to throw in livestock yet are you? Let it cycle and establish. With only 5 gallons, you're going to need a stable bio-load that isn't relying on the addition of chemicals to keep it that way.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:30 PM   #22
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Oh no. Im going to add ammonia 2 more times after I see Nitrites to make sure im cycled. So far my reading are
Ammonia 3ppm
Nitrite .25 ppm
Nitrate 0
When I see only nitrates im going to add ammonia again twice like I said earlier. The only chemical im adding is Bio-Spira just to make the cycle go a bit faster
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:18 AM   #23
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I was thinking about a sw pico but Im scred lol I never tried sw. How much would it cost to set up a pico? I might have a 5 gallon opening up soon. What kind of light would I need?
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:58 AM   #24
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I was thinking about a sw pico but Im scred lol I never tried sw. How much would it cost to set up a pico? I might have a 5 gallon opening up soon. What kind of light would I need?
Managing a 5g SW tank would be difficult for a beginner because there's less water volume and things can easily get off track.

I started with a 55g (and it's still my current tank) and I messed that up too many times to count.

You can, of course, do what you like.. just trying to give you a heads up!
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Thanks! Ill stick with fw for now lol
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:34 AM   #26
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k my ammonia is 0 nitrites 3 nitrates 80. I just added a pound of live rock (cured) so I'm going to re test tomorrow and if nitrites are 0 I'm going to dose 4ppm ammonia and wait till everything comes down again. If all works then I should start stocking in a week or so
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:37 AM   #27
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:58 PM   #28
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Ok added ammonia a few hours ago and so far readings are
Ammonia 2-4ppm
Nitrite .50 ppm
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:55 AM   #29
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Well since everything read zero I went out and got a couple damsels I love em soo much but I'm going to be giving them away when I'm getting my goby and shrimps nd crabs. They are only .5" each so I think I'm not overstocked
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Well the damsels are eating the garlic flakes like champs and no sign of any ick or diseases. Will upload pics soon. I also added 2 small .25" stars I saw attached to my media bag from my 75g, 2 red legged hermit crabs, and 2 large Nerite snails to help with diatoms.
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