Originally Posted by joseramentol
thats great help man i owe you big time lol also can i buy the bacteria or just do it with the shrimp its the first time i hear about this,also my nitrates,nitrites how do i get them to 0 is that a special liquid and what happens if lets say 1 of them is at 0 and the other 1 is not how do i fix that and whats the amonia level supposed to be 0 ?
You have all the bacteria in your live rock, that's why its "live". You just need to give that bacteria some food in the way of ammonia, do this by throwing in a raw shrimp. Your nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia will all spike, you want them to go down to 0 before adding fish, your ph should be around 8.2. It will take time but that's what you have to do. I always think that the less chemicals you put in to the tank the better it is for your fish. Just take your time with it all otherwise you will have loads of problems, I'm currently setting up a 55g with a 10g sump, it's taken me months to plan it, I haven't even got the tank yet! You can check it out if you like here 55G FOLR Build DIY ATS
Before you buy that 75g have a think about what you want, trust me it will save you a lot of time, I went through 3 tanks in my first two years with SW
before I got a setup I was happy with.
As far as fixing the levels, that is a HUGE question with many answers, your best bet is to worry about that once your cycle is finished. Simply put, the easiest way to fix your levels is to do a water change, but that doesn't get to the source of the problem, cross that bridge when you come to it.
There's sooo much to learn in this hobby, that's what makes it so addicting.