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Old 09-28-2011, 04:50 AM   #111
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+1, I also put the sand from the bucket back into the tank as good as I can. While you're cycling(fishless) I wouldn't do water-changes anyway though and later on there isn't a lot to vacuum if you have enough flow
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:46 AM   #112
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Thanks guys

Another question, I want to move some live rock from my DT to the sump so I can put some base rock in the DT. Will the live rock survive in the refugium without a power head of some sort, and is there a limit to the amount of live rock I can put down there?

Also, should I break down the live rock into small bits in the refugium? I'm planning on trying to find some chaeto (hard to get in Australia).
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Old 09-28-2011, 09:27 PM   #113
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Ok, so one week since adding the live rock here are my parameters:

Ammonia 1ppm
pH 8.2
Nitrite 1ppm
Nitrate 10

Is this normal at this stage of the cycle?

Also, I do have diatoms growing on the sand and live rock, as well as some purple/red colored hair. Is this also normal at this stage of the cycle?
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Old 09-29-2011, 05:30 AM   #114
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:56 AM   #115
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Nope we're still here.

Your test results are going well, looks like a regular cycle to me so far.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:45 AM   #116
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Great to hear Thanks Carey.

The diatoms and red hair algae are just the sign of a cycling tank too correct? Nothing to be worried about? Best just to let it run it's course and get fixed up by a clean up crew after the cycle?
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Diatoms will come and go in new tanks...the red algae is a bit different but I would wait for the cycle is complete before worrying about it.
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Yeah, I'm honestly not too fussed. I'm thinking it may be as a result of prolonged exposure to light sunlight from my window, as I've had to keep it open 24/7 as the smell from the cycling live rock is gross.
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:30 PM   #119
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Hmm.. I just attempted to calibrate my refractometer for the first time with distilled water, and with my first test got a result of 1.034.. surely this can't be right. My water is natural salt water from a highly regarded LFS where most Melbourne reef aquarists get their water. I didn't check the temperature of the room/distilled water, can this skew the results that much?
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Old 10-02-2011, 12:11 PM   #120
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I;m not sure, I think temp can play a role but the refractometer should be reading close I would think even if that were the case.

have you tried testing any other water?
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