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Old 10-01-2011, 12:04 AM   #41
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A partial water change is completed by syphoning out water and detritus or anything else that can be releasing toxins, and replacing that quantity of water with the same amount of fresh saltwater. Most people let the new batch of saltwater aerate overnight.

During your cycle test frequently. Ammonia feeds the bacteria that will convert ammonia into nitrite. Then bacteria will form that feed off of nitrite. You should see a slight drop in ammonia and a rise in nitrites at this point. Then the bacteria that feeds off of nitrate will convert it into nitrates. You will then see a drop in both ammonia and nitrate, and a spike in nitrate. Then and only then should a pwc be performed. There isn't a bacteria that feed off of nitrate but algae sure as heck do. Pwcs help keep nitrates at low to undetectable levels.
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:04 AM   #42
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how do i do a pwc im confused
Follow the salt water cycle link you where given. It'll get you where you need to be.
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:08 AM   #43
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i will follow it
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Old 10-01-2011, 12:13 AM   #44
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Your right... My bad for that advice. I thought about it after I wrote it. Been up since 430, time to lay it down... Lol.
I hear ya, I got 4 hours of sleep the past two nights. And I just posted that no bacteria feeds off of nitrate but algae do...Cyanobacteria, or blue green algae is a photosynthetic bacteria...so bacteria does feed off of nitrates...I think we all need sleep.
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no biggie on the mis info, happens to all of us , thanks everyone and good night, talk to you tomorow
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IME royal dottybacks are usually really aggressive in small tanks. Just a heads up
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what does everyone else think about the dottyback
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My reef is like a downtown street corner. It's pretty rough territory. And one of the toughest is one of the littlest, a purple dotty back.
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:39 AM   #49
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what does everyone else think about the dottyback
I'm really not trying to be rude, but shouldn't you learn about aquariums first before you try to add anything? It seams like you are new to this hobby, so why don't u get easy beginner fish and learn slowly before you get into more complicated stuff?
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do i need to cycle the water for a pwc
There is no such thing as cycled water. As mentioned above the nitrifying bacteria resides on surfaces. LR, substrate and tank glass to mention a few. That article would answer a whole lot of your questions.
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