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Old 07-05-2011, 03:15 AM   #31
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Did you put a waste source in it to start the cycle? Don't be fooled into thinking that it's fine because I cam guarantee your ammonia will go up. Glad it's going ok 
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:41 AM   #32
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waste source?? ugghhh ok now what r u talking about?
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The dead prawn I said about to put in
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:54 AM   #34
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waste source?? ugghhh ok now what r u talking about?
In order to "cycle" your tank you must either wait forever or jump start it with a waste source. The ammonia will spike then the nitrite will spike and once you can put ammonia in there and 24 hours later it be nitrate, you have a cycled tank. I've been cycling for a week now.
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Oh my gosh lol I almost forgot about that.. Ok I will get to that right away. But I will have to wait till middle of week to get prawn and put in.. I live out in the country,, so close store sells seafood lol I know terrible right??
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Oh my gosh lol I almost forgot about that.. Ok I will get to that right away. But I will have to wait till middle of week to get prawn and put in.. I live out in the country,, so close store sells seafood lol I know terrible right??
Haha yeah. I'm doing the prawns right now and its doing ok. Im going to go to a local hardware store and get some ammonia. I suggest you should too. I haven't done it but with the prawns you have to wait till they start to decay to get ammonia where as the liquid, you get instant ammonia.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:49 PM   #37
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For a 55 you'll want a reverse osmosis filter for long term success. Dechlorinating water just doesn't cut it when algae explodes due to excess nutrients and silicates in tap water. Trust me, an aquarium is no fun when the source of your algae problems is your water.
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Would distilled water work?
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:30 PM   #39
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Do you have superjarket nearby with those water machines? It's usually like 30 cents a gallon and it ro/di water. Thats what I was using until I got my unit to do it at home. Best $60 I ever spent next to my refractometer.
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I just buy mine from the lfs, ive only got a 30g, they do it for £5 for a 6 gallon bucketful, pre salted too, so its good for a 20% weekly change.

Plain rodi, he charges £1 for 6 gallons that i use for top off.

Its handy if your other half wont let you have a unit connected up to the sink at home, like mine!
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