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Old 10-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #91
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Yes I plan to start with low light corals then add some more light maybe after Christmas. I know about angel being with caution fish, but that is one of my favorites. I'll have to think about it. I was thinking if you kept well fed he might not nip.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:37 PM   #92
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Ok so day 1 water test
Nitrate 5-10
Nitrite 0
Ph 8.5
Ammonia 0-.05

Is that a good sign I will have a quick cycle I got it to 4ppm last night and it's down to .05? I cut sump off last night and shut ball valves bc I'm having issues getting return ball valve to right amount of flow it either sucks too fast or not fast enough and water in sump is clear but not in DT. I think I will cut power heads off for now to let settle.

Also, I really wanted some shrimp so I guess hubby's pick of engineer goby is out. I will go for yellow watchmen goby and a pistol shrimp. I really like watching symbiotic relationships. Its beat to see how they would be in the ocean. I liked the eel look of engineer too though. I'm planning to get a leather toadstool( I think that's the name, I'm just learning about corals) so I can watch clown host it.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:33 PM   #93
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Your cycle is almost complete if you converted 4ppm in a day. This is what I meant about adding so much liverock can sometimes nearly instantly cycle your tank.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:09 PM   #94
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I was worried I didn't have enough I only had about 65 lbs for a 70 gallon. But it was fully cured so maybe that helps. So should I check again tonight to see if it's at 0 and add some more ammonia to see how it does? What is a mini cycle?
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:41 PM   #95
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Well most people use like 10-25% live rock 75-90% base rock which is why the cycle takes so long. Adding all live rock is the same as adding a fully established filter to a tank, but ya test later to see if you hit zero which you probably will or close to it. A mini cycle is just when you experience a little die off or more then normal amounts of nutrients which causes you to get ammo and nitrite readings since it can't convert it quick enough.
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:49 PM   #96
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Yeah I had planned on just seeding my rock but, I found a great deal on CL a guy had to move so he kept his rock live with heater and pump. It had no die off smell at all for only 2.75 a lb. he wanted 4.50 but I guess he needed to move soon so he accepted the offer.
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Yes I plan to start with low light corals then add some more light maybe after Christmas. I know about angel being with caution fish, but that is one of my favorites. I'll have to think about it. I was thinking if you kept well fed he might not nip.
My half black angel ate all kinds of coral, he loved it. And I feed every day and he gets seaweed sheets every day too, so don't think keeping them well-fed is the deciding factor. It's just whether that particular fish likes coral or not.
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:43 PM   #98
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Oh that sucks. Well now I have to find something else. I've been looking on live aquaria and saw some smaller tangs but none as pretty as the flame angel. Any ideas?
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Marine bettas are nice
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:34 PM   #100
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Oh that sucks. Well now I have to find something else. I've been looking on live aquaria and saw some smaller tangs but none as pretty as the flame angel. Any ideas?
I'm not telling you not to get one, that was just my experience. Try one if you really want one. I tried it, didn't work, so I set up a 30g FOWLR to put him in. It gave me an excuse to get another tank, anyways!! Lol. I've read on here that people have gotten lucky and their dwarf angel doesn't touch their coral. I wasn't that lucky.
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