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Old 02-14-2013, 10:14 PM   #91
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I will have water tomorrow. Should I hold it and wait on the pwc?
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Old 02-16-2013, 05:43 PM   #92
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Here's my new rock. I didn't have enough for the marine buffer, but in a couple of days I will. My budget is making this a really slow process. but I'm excited and feel like it will be totally worth it. I've decided that there isn't a reason for me to have 2 reef tanks, so I'm going to be putting everything in my 10 gallon nano reef into the 55 when the time comes and the tank is cycled.

This is what is in my nano:
2 ocellaris clowns(they were moving up anyway.)
1 brittle star and a bunch of mini brittle stars
2 peppermint shrimp
A bunch of snails and hermits
1 hammer coral
Pumping Xenias
Assorted polyps
Assorted mushrooms

I did have 2 porcelain crabs, but I think only one is still kicking. We'll see.


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I would go with a CPR overflow verses an eshops if your gonna do a sump. And definitely do a 20 gallon tank if you can fit it. As far as your rock IMO you might want to get some less dense rock. That rock isn't good for beneficial bacteria, and it's not too natural looking. Not to shoot you down or anything.
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I would go with a CPR overflow verses an eshops if your gonna do a sump. And definitely do a 20 gallon tank if you can fit it. As far as your rock IMO you might want to get some less dense rock. That rock isn't good for beneficial bacteria, and it's not too natural looking. Not to shoot you down or anything.
Not feeling shot down. I love constructive criticism. all of the denser rock was given to me. I personally like the more porous rock, but wouldn't dare turn down something free. Haha. The new rock with the two holes is pretty light. I don't think it's as dense as the other stuff. I'm hoping maybe the holes will give more surface area and help a little. Would a 20 gallon tall work? I'm going to see about fitting a long, but i'm not sure it'll work. Thanks for all of your advice!
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I added some live rock instead of dry rock earlier and I added another set of 2 T5 HO lights(courtesy of my brother updating his lights! Score.)

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Parameters tonight are

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: somewhere between .50 and 1.0 ppm. Hard to tell
Nitrate: 20 ppm
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I guess I accidentally put a snail in my tank last night with the live rock. Good news is he's still alive and moving around this morning.
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Putting snails is not bad. It will aid in speeding the cycle. Don't recommend it due to stress on live stock but its not bad.
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Putting snails is not bad. It will aid in speeding the cycle. Don't recommend it due to stress on live stock but its not bad.
Thanks. I'm glad it at least won't kill him. He still seems to be as happy as a snail can seem.

Edit: I don't like stressing livestock if I don't have to, so everything else will probably wait until the cycle is complete.
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GUYS! I think my tank is cycled!!! I'm tickled!

Ammonia: 0 ppm,
Nitrite: 0 ppm.
Nitrate: 5 ppm.

Please tell me I'm correct.
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