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Old 02-11-2013, 10:22 AM   #71
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Good! Glad everything is working out!
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:27 PM   #72
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Got the coraline encrusted rock from my son's science teacher. He said take whatever you want and left to go to a meeting. He really likes the freshwater fish I gave him. I only took a smaller piece and when I got home I put it in a paper grocery bag and hit it about ten times with a hammer so that I would be able to spread it across the tank better. Some of the bigger pieces I scraped along my sterile white DIY live rock to help seed new growth.

Did a 10% water change today.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:14 PM   #73
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When does one need a skimmer? The guy at petsmart yesterday said I needed one doing the cycle. Really?
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I didn't use my protein skimmer during the cycle, I didn't even have my lights on during the cycle.

What's your parameter's?
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:37 PM   #75
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Ammonia near 0

Nitrite 1

Nitrate 20

Ph 8.4

Gonna take my filter canister filter apart tomorrow.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:46 PM   #76
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Yeah go for it. What are you planning on getting?

Before you put it on, when was the last time you did a PWC? If you didn't do it recently I would do that first IMO before you get the protein skimmer running.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:11 AM   #77
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I have had the canister on tank since day one. Give the trays a good rinse and maybe pull the charcoal and the purigen for a while.

I don't know if they could some how be holding up the cycle. Probably do a 20% water change tomorrow.

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Canister filters are factors of nitrate build up. You should look into overhang overflow box and have a refugium/sump underneath your tank. "The more water, the better".

Yeah I would do the 20% water change. See how your parameters are afterwards.

I used a canister filter on my old tank and I had huge problems with the nitrates.
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I've had my sump up and running for about a week now, water has never been so clear! I was reluctant to go with a hang on overflow box, so I drilled my tanks and installed one proper
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My tank is undrillable, all tempered glass. My water is amazingly clear as well. The problems are what you can't see in the water.
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