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Old 10-13-2013, 10:06 AM   #1
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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....
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:38 AM   #2
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The test look good
Except for the high nitrates .
I have read 20ppm is ok for fish only but closer to 0 is advisable .
Have you done a water change since you finished the cycle ?
It takes a few partial water changes to bring the nitrates down .
I was recommended to do a large water change 50%
Then keep a eye on nitrates .
There was somewhere on here I read how much water you have to change to bring the nitrates down by 10ppm
A new tank parameters will jump but become more stable as it matures .
Be patient .
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Old 10-13-2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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No water change so far....So I guess getting a clean up crew today would not be good idea ? If I did a water change today, could I add my crew right away or have to wait...
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No water change so far....So I guess getting a clean up crew today would not be good idea ? If I did a water change today, could I add my crew right away or have to wait...
I think you would be safe .
Keep in mind if you don't have a ammonia source you will end up not being able to maintain a sufficient level of beneficial bacteria and start over .
I would add your CUC.
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Could you describe your set up ?
Tank , filtration , lights ,
Planned stocking wish , ect
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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....
20pmm is ok for a FOWLR but as rmckoy said, the lower the better
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:49 AM   #7
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It's a 20 gallon tall. Live sand, dried cured base rock, Aqueon 30 hob filter with a fluval surface skimmer hooked up to it. By the way, the surface skimmer works great. I had a protein slick on the surface. It was gone in 10 minutes with this skimmer never to return. Also have a Aquatic life 115 skimmer and 2 Hydor Koralia power heads. For now, I'm using a Beamswork LED light. I would like to get a pair of clowns and not sure what else because of my tank size.
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:12 PM   #8
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Looks good so far .
As for stocking you are very limited cause of the size .
Keep a very close eye on parameters ,
Being a small tank it's normal to jump in new tanks but with evaporation the salt concentration is more noticeable and more likely to get to very high levels if you don't top off with fresh water .
Maintain a small tank is a lot more work but it can be done
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It's a 20 gallon tall. Live sand, dried cured base rock, Aqueon 30 hob filter with a fluval surface skimmer hooked up to it. By the way, the surface skimmer works great. I had a protein slick on the surface. It was gone in 10 minutes with this skimmer never to return. Also have a Aquatic life 115 skimmer and 2 Hydor Koralia power heads. For now, I'm using a Beamswork LED light. I would like to get a pair of clowns and not sure what else because of my tank size.
Sorry to get off topic but for stock fish how about-
Pair of ocellaris clowns (nemo)
1 fire fish
1 six line wrasse
And then some inverts of your choice.
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Add the clowns first, then the goby, then the wrasse, and all the inverts next
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