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Old 12-17-2011, 12:11 AM   #11
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By the way have you ever had a reading on ammonia and nitrite?
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Well then I do not think the diatoms occurred.

They told me how to cycle but they made it seem like a cycle should be over in about a week.

There are pictures of the sump set up posted. In my albums. I have 2 folders.
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I checked the salinity with a hydrometer that I use to brew beer and it was confirmed by the store when they used a refractometer.
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By the way have you ever had a reading on ammonia and nitrite?
Per my first post these were my reading yesterday:
From the store:
pH 8
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0
Salinity 1.026
Temp 80 (I know it was a little high so I turned down the temp)

This morning at home using a API (aquarium pharmaceuticals) Saltwater Master Test Kit for pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels:
pH 8.2
Nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Ammonia 0
Temp of 78
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P.S. a moderator has to review the post that included a link to my album.
But you can find a picture of the sump in my albums.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:33 AM   #15
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By the way have you ever had a reading on ammonia and nitrite?
He didn't know to document so he doesnt know if he had a spike or not n

And trust me....he's right when he says u can't miss diatoms. Pain in the ***.

I honestly don't think ur tank is cycled yet brother.....it's very possible.

How long did u acclimate for?
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Is the skimmer producing any waste?

And in pic 3 in your other album is the zoo's or a goniopora? I would hope zoo's but they do look similar and the pic is a little blurry.

I hope it's not goniopora anyway.
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Is the skimmer producing any waste?

And in pic 3 in your other album is the zoo's or a goniopora? I would hope zoo's but they do look similar and the pic is a little blurry.

I hope it's not goniopora anyway.
Why do u hope that?
I don't have those but i luv my alveapora! Which is very similar.
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Why do u hope that?
I don't have those but i luv my alveapora! Which is very similar.
Other than the fact thats its too early for corals in general.

But I think we can help him.
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I like how they look, but as far as I've ever been able to establish they require water far more pristine than will be achievable by a newbie that doesn't know if his tank has cycled. (no offence intended)
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None taken.
The protein skimmer does have a little bit of white colored waste in it.
I emptied it right before I picked up my fish.
How long does it take to re-fill so to speak?

Acclimate what? The tank had salt water and live rock in it for 8 days in it before I took the sample. We added Stability each day for those 8 days.

So if the tank has not cycled yet why I am getting zero reading on the test on two separate days?

If the tank is indeed not cycled which it appears as not what is my next step.

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