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Old 10-02-2011, 06:48 PM   #121
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:53 PM   #122
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Ok so I just tested my water straight from the drum I got from the LFS. It read 1.026. This is the right salinity for the tank correct?

One thing I just thought of which I think I've stuffed up, is I've been topping up evaporation with the same salt water from the LFS I filled the tank with.

Should I just be using normal RO water to top up, and NSW for water changes? If so what can I do to get the salinity back to normal now? I'm about a week and a half into cycling, and my ammonia is down to .50.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:21 PM   #123
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Anyone? Just need to know because it's morning here and I have time to head down to the LFS and get RO water quickly.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:22 PM   #124
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Yep, only top off with fresh water, not salt.
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Right, thought so. Evaporation would only take the water, not the salt. Silly of me. I'll head down to grab some RO water and do a small water change. Cheers mate.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:26 PM   #126
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Right, thought so. Evaporation would only take the water, not the salt. Silly of me. I'll head down to grab some RO water and do a small water change. Cheers mate.
Don't worry, I though the same thing at first.
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:28 PM   #127
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Just another quickie. I'll be ordering an RO/DI unit soon.

Until then, the water at the LFS is only RO I think, not RO/DI. At least it only says "RO Water" on the sign. Will this be sufficient or does it have to be RO/DI? It will only be for use for the next couple of weeks until my RO/DI unit arrives.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:54 PM   #128
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Hey everyone, just checking up. I tested my water today.

Ammonia 0
Nitrite looks like zero, may be between 0 and 0.25, but pretty sure 0
Nitrate somewhere between 10 and 20

I had to do a 15% water change yesterday to lower my salinity, which is now down to 1.024.

I first added 13 pound of live rock 2.5 weeks ago (which was partly cured, had been at LFS 2 weeks), then added 30 more pound of fresh live rock 1.5 weeks ago, but removed 20 pound of it as I found a couple of aiptasia. I also added around 15-20 pound of base rock a week ago.

Does it look like my cycle is nearly complete? Either way I'm going to leave it another 1 or 1.5 weeks to be safe, but is this too early for my levels to be so low?
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Old 10-06-2011, 12:31 AM   #129
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Talking to myself again by the looks of it

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate Dark yellow, maybe between 10-20?
pH 8.2
Salinity 1.025

How much % water change should I do to try and get the nitrate down?

So, as soon as I get this nitrate down the cycle will be complete.. yay!! Is there any advantage to waiting further time periods after the cycle completes before adding fish, or am I good to add a couple of clowns in exactly one week (my birthday!)?
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Not talking to yourself.

I owuld do a 15-20% pwc and then see where youre at.
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