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Old 08-23-2011, 11:18 AM   #31
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have you done any water changes? Cause the nitrates are really low. Usually after a cycle they are higher as there was more ammonia and trites to convert. You may be cycled but might have a small bacteria base.

Did you spike at all on ammonia or trites at any time?
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:37 AM   #32
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No pwc the highest I tested was about 1 nh3 and no2. No3 hit 5-10 then came down
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Old 08-24-2011, 12:21 AM   #33
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I added more shrimp to see if I get a larger spike. And I have a few aptiasia to nuke so that will add more ammonia yet
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Old 08-24-2011, 09:36 AM   #34
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Cool. always better to double check before risking a fish. Try to get the ammonia level to at least 2ppm, I go for 4ppm myself. Once your there you have to watch for the nitrite spike, then after the trites go down to 0 the ammonia should be at 0 as well by the way, you will be cycled. It can take a few days for the trites to drop down though so be prepared.
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Old 08-25-2011, 03:27 AM   #35
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Well with all the work I have been doing around the house and resposibilitys I have taken on m&d have decided to pay for the tank instead of 50/50 or so. Tests today were nh3 1. No2 .5. No3 2.5 now we see a bigger cycle forming. While it's cycling if some one would be so kind as to give me a lesson in corals only experience I have with them is aiptaisia ( very familiar with those . )
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:53 AM   #36
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I find corals to be alot easier to do than fish for some reason. LOL Just have to match the flow and light to a spot in your tank.

Check out Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums for their corals. They list the ease, requirements for light and flow and other useful information.
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I was thinking of things to look for when at the lfs like when you look for a new fish you look for ich and other disease. Any thing in that respect.
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You dont't want corals with any kind of goo present on them, you want them to be open and flowing if thats what they do. It's kinda like fish, you can tell something is off with a bad coral. Also look for sharp edges if it's a frag, some people frag and do a poor job of it. LOL
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Then dip in coral rx
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Tests form last night nh3 0 no2 0 no3 2.5
I added shrimp wed and a few hours before I ran the above tests
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