Originally Posted by celtic_dude
nitrate= 5.0 low 25 high
s gravity= 1.016
reading should be 0 at this point since you have nothing but cc in the tank. I'd recheck your no3
level with your lfs
to be sure. Could be you have no3
in your tap water which will be problematic later on. You should invest in an RO
unit if you do.
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You need to bring your sg
level up to 1.019 as a minimum and closer to 1.023 IMO
I also would highly recommend replacing your cc with aragonite sand
since you're just getting started.
A 30" tall tank isn't the best for SW
but will work with strong surface agitation. I'd use two 200+ GPH
ph aimed towards the surface and pointed at each other.