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Old 10-03-2014, 02:15 PM   #11
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Okay. I don't have the money right now for it. So I'll have my LFS do it for free. But I'll get one soon

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Old 10-04-2014, 09:43 AM   #12
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There are no short cuts to cycling a tank or anything in this hobby. you have to make 100% sure it ready before any live stock is added..Nothing in the hobby happens quickly or bad things happen. Also, this hobby is expensive and every time you turn around you need something else.. you should also have a refractometer to test your salinity instead of a hydrometer. I see you have a 25 gallon tank.. the smaller the tank the harder it is to keep your parameters in check, because you have less water than say a 120 gallon tank , any small nitrate problem in your tank is going kill fish and or corals, where as a larger tank you wouldn't hardly see any effects at all. If any. Smaller tanks are the hardest to keep stable .they can go out of whack very quickly and you lose everything . Good luck
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:27 AM   #13
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There are no short cuts to cycling a tank or anything in this hobby. you have to make 100% sure it ready before any live stock is added..Nothing in the hobby happens quickly or bad things happen. Also, this hobby is expensive and every time you turn around you need something else.. you should also have a refractometer to test your salinity instead of a hydrometer. I see you have a 25 gallon tank.. the smaller the tank the harder it is to keep your parameters in check, because you have less water than say a 120 gallon tank , any small nitrate problem in your tank is going kill fish and or corals, where as a larger tank you wouldn't hardly see any effects at all. If any. Smaller tanks are the hardest to keep stable .they can go out of whack very quickly and you lose everything . Good luck

I get sick of seeing this, nanos aren't any harder than a 120. If something goes wrong in your 120 can you do a 50% wc (or even 2 back to back) because I can easily do that in my nano. No matter what the tank size it's about hoe you stock/maintain the tank that can cause problems, not because it's a 28 gallon tank.
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:23 PM   #14
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yes a 28 gallon.. when i first started..once i went to a 65 with a 20 gallon sump things were a lot more forgiving..I had to stay on top of the nano constantly and for myself who was new to the hobby at the time and didnt know much about the hobby, i had thought to start smaller would be safer., I had lost a few fish and i was always fighting nitrates.. I only had 2 clowns in it at the time. Now i could do it from what Ive learned over the years but the biggest thing i learned was too slow down, dont rush. But from what i see sometimes, when someone gets a tank , they are already to stock it with fish and corals after 2 weeks..lol. Bigger tanks are more forgiving is basically my point. thats all, especially to a new tank owner that has never done it
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I agree with you there, but that has a lot less to do with tank size and more with proper husbandry habits.
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agreed. just trying to help out a new guy so he will enjoy the hobby and not hate it
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Well so far everything is going great. I just had the water tested. I'm fully cycled. CX and I got an algae eating blenny

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