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Old 04-21-2010, 07:14 AM   #11
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I've still got to get it! I've got only low-light corals at the moment so I can get away with it. If you look at the two Nitrate tests carefully one should probably say NitrIte. With an 'I'. You want 0 of that and less than 20 of the nitrAte. There's nothing wrong with that pH so long as it's stable. 8.2 is where it's best but that is fine, don't go messing with it. You will want to raise your Salinity (SG) (what your hydrometer measures) to around 1.024-1.026. That's best for corals.

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Old 04-21-2010, 07:30 AM   #12
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haha no worries!! i did all my tests just tomoro and i am keeping record of them all in a diary/book "me and my aquarium" hahaha i am quite obsessed with my new hobby! it has spent a long time on the back burner and even longer in my dreams to start a salt water aquarium!

P.H 7.8 ( that is too low i know it needs to be more like 8.4 - 8.6 )
Ammonia 0.0
Nitrate 0.0
other nitrate test 0.0
calcium 460
hydromiter reading 1.021 - 1.022

i will buy some more live rock this weekend!!
Don't worry to much about the PH. In a new tank it will be all over the place until your tank becomes more stable.
What is your Nitrite reading?
Your SG could be raise each time you do a water change until you get it to ~1.025. I like that SG because it gives you some room for error, 1.024-1.026.
Do you happen to have a magnisium test kit?

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Old 04-21-2010, 08:54 AM   #13
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I would recommend that once your cycle is over that you start with a small CUC and then with a few fish. I would wait about 6 months before you think about corals. Give your tank time to stabilize.



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