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Old 10-13-2013, 12:27 PM   #11
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Add the clowns first, then the goby, then the wrasse, and all the inverts next
Clowns anemone and a diamond sand sifting goby were my first .
Crabs and shrimp were soon to follow .
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Here's my test from this morning. Is everything good ? The nitrates are about 20ppm. I have heard so many things about water changes. Should I do one before adding anything ? Plan on getting a clean up crew first. Some people say 20ppm is nothing in a FOWLR tank. Others say as close to zero as possible...What do you think ? Also, if you think the tank is good, do I still have to wait a few days or can I add my crew right away....
I found the conversation I had the beginning of the year about lowering nitrates
This was a lengthily thread starting on using the vodka method to reduce nitrates .
This was a guide line of how much water to change and how much it will Lower nitrates .
3 50% water changes or a massive 100% water change will keep the beneficial bacteria but clean water with 0 nitrates .

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Clowns anemone and a diamond sand sifting goby were my first .
Crabs and shrimp were soon to follow .
I was talking about a fire fish goby, who will eat prepared and frozen foods. I would not do a sand sifter like the diamond watchman because if you wait a few months and then get one he will have a more likley chance of survival because there will be algea and organisms in the sand but in a new tank it will starve.
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I found the conversation I had the beginning of the year about lowering nitrates
This was a lengthily thread starting on using the vodka method to reduce nitrates .
This was a guide line of how much water to change and how much it will Lower nitrates .
3 50% water changes or a massive 100% water change will keep the beneficial bacteria but clean water with 0 nitrates .
Never do a 100% wc. It will take put all your copepods and other critters and alot of you bb.
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Never do a 100% wc. It will take put all your copepods and other critters and alot of you bb.
The water column is fairly devoid of life. There will be some plankton in the water but the vast majority of everything will be found in the substrate and rocks.

That's being said, I wouldn't do a 100% water change due to the shock to your system but a 50% change will drop you down to 10ppm nitrates. Have you thought about a planted fowlr tank? That will help with nitrates as well.

Lastly, I agree about the sand sifting goby that you shouodnt get one for your tank. But unless you're running a refugium or protein skimmer I wouldn't stock more than 2 clowns and 1 other small fish for a 20g.
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