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Old 09-10-2011, 01:03 AM   #21
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thread hijack man but its all yours again after this one post . did you guys see that my deep water electra haps where doing fishy reproduction? she is for sure holding!!! i cant tell you how excited i am about this.

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Old 09-10-2011, 01:05 AM   #22
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thread hijack man but its all yours again after this one post . did you guys see that my deep water electra haps where doing fishy reproduction? she is for sure holding!!! i cant tell you how excited i am about this.

ok move along.

sw yay!
Oh man that's awesome! Congrats!
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:08 AM   #23
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congrats to you for getting your saltwater tank moving along.
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Old 09-10-2011, 06:00 PM   #24
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Alright, finally got the live rock and I'm now one step closer. I only ended up buying 115 lbs, and they gave me the rest as store credit (I had paid for 150lbs). One of the pieces I got is COVERED in corralline algae =D oh and another one had an anemone. They didn't know what it was though, any ideas?

This rock seems to be full of life. Surprising amount of stuff that looks like plants... I suppose I'll have to wait and see what makes it.

Anyways, since I'm not yet ready to set up the 75, the rock is temporarily being held in a 55G I had in the garage. It's full of water, and I've got 3 1000gph circulation pumps running, how long do you guys think I could keep it in there?
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thats some sweet looking rock man, as long as its good saltwater and you have circulation i would imagine a while. do you have a heater in there? i read somewhere that a heater helps.
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No heater, but it's Miami in the summertime lol. The garage has no AC, and the tank is at about 85 right now. I suspect that at midday it might get as hot as 87. I'll measure tomorrow and see.
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Old 09-10-2011, 08:13 PM   #27
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Well then. This was a surprise. It appears my QT might be close to being cycled. I just tested it and this is what I found.

Ammo: 0-0.25 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm
pH: 8.2

I set it up, and added fish (my noble chromis), water, and bio-spira all on the same day, last Saturday. I didn't believe in the bio-spira too much, but I figured I'd give it a try. I'm not going to go around touting success just yet, but I certainly didn't expect to be this far along in the cycle so soon.
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You have nitrates which is nice, but have you had the ammonia and nitrite spike yet?
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oh so thats how your supposed to read those cards. take a picture of them then read them... man i have a hard time seeing the difference between the test tube and the card sometimes.
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See that's the thing. I'm kind of in the dark here. When I was first buying everything, I thought that my reef master kit included tests for ammo and nitrites, but it didn't (rookie's mistake).

Anyways, I went this whole week without testing. I was changing between 25-50% of the water every other day, assuming that my ammo was probably rising. But it wasn't till today that I could get my hands on the test kit.

That's why I'm still not celebrating, but the presence of nitrates was certainly nice. Oh and I tested some of my other SW, and it had 0 nitrates. So they weren't introduced in the water change.
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