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Old 12-22-2011, 08:51 PM   #11
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If you want to keep all those CUC members alive...feed everyday and it'll make sure there's some algae growth for them to power through lol.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:40 PM   #12
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Ok so feed everyday? Between the 2 PJ Cardinals and feeding everyday that should create enough for the CUC?
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:08 PM   #13
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I just want to make sure everything is healthy. So when should I start water changes? I plan on doing a 5 gallon change next week on my 65 gallon tank. Anything else I need to do? Everyone seems happy as of now. Put CUC and PJ cardinals in the tank around 12:00. So far so good. I'm going to feed everyday for now since I have 20 turbos and 20 blue legs and 2 emeralds. Advice?
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Yeah, I over fed mine accidently and the algae got out of control. So, IMO, increasing nutrients and keeping the lights on alittle longer than normal should increase algae growth...which will keep your overstocked CUC alive until you can trade in for something else.
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Old 12-23-2011, 12:06 AM   #15
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Ok. So feed every day. Got it. Are pellets ok? That's what I'm using. Also tested water parameters. Ammonia-0 Nitrite-0 Nitrate-30-40 Ph-7.9. Temperature-76.5 Salinity-1.026. Sounds good right? If not I should be getting an ammonia reading by now correct? Put fish in today about 12 hrs ago.
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Your nitrates are way to high and your temp is alittle low. I run my tank at 80, but that is just my personal.
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I would feed every other day. I have been doing that for 14 yrs now and never had any algea issues. Feeding too much is the main cause of bad water quality and nuisance algea.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:32 PM   #18
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What should my nitrates be? And how do I get them lower? Water change? 5 gallons on 65 gallon tank?
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My temp today which was first day with lights on most of it was 78.5. That temp seems fine no?
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My nitrates ever since my cycle ended have been at 0. I've seen others having their nitrates at 10. I would not want to go higher than 10. Lots of water changes, 5 is not enough. you need to do 10-15% of your tanks capacity. For my 36 gal, i do 5-10 gallons depending on what my week has looked like. So you should double what I do.
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