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Old 05-05-2011, 10:29 PM   #71
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how large is the fuge?
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:34 PM   #72
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Its the medium one , thats all I could fit, so 19" Wide by 12"High by 4"Deep I put about a 3" sand bed in.

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thats not a bad size at all its about 4 gallons.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:49 PM   #74
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Yup, thats what it said like 4.5 gallons. I feel like I have too much rock in my tank though compared to some ppl. Its like 60 lbs but it just looks like so much. I guess it will hopefully be better for filtration.

Tomorrow I am redoing the canister filter again lol (taking back out the rock rubble I put in)

I have 3 trays I was going to do

top tray = ceramic beads
middle = filter sock of rowa phos & filter sock of pura complete
bottom = filter floss

would that be the right order ?
then there are 4 sponges to the left of those three trays. (fluval 304)
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i don't think you'd need a filter sock for the media since you already have the mechanical filters in there.

its a bow front i have a bow front also so there is less space to work with in the back part that isn't curved so there is more stacked but not as thick
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Yeah it goes clear from top to bottom, but its all in kinda a row. I pushed it more twords the back so there was more open room in the front so when I do get fish I will be able to see them more.

Well IDK but I would think since I'm putting 2 media in one compartment maybe I should keep them separate lol. I just know I have really high phosphates and nitrates and im hoping between the media and the water change I will eventually get to do when my cycle ends that I can control those nutrients. Or I will have a messy algae tank and no fish till I can work it out.

Also my PH dropped again is that normal during the cycle?
I have a buffer used it once , it did work. Ive been messing a lot with the water and rocks, Im guessing thats why, plus just hadda add like 5 more gallons of ro water to make up for the fuge. I guess that might explain it. (i'm not mixing prior to putting it in the tank yet, cause there's nothing in there)
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Ohh yes and possible rough draft fish list

Green chromis (how many ? maybe 3 ??)

pair of clowns

goby of some sort (maybe yellow)

pajama cardinal

Im not for sure, just throwing an idea out there
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yellow watchman?
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I was thinking yellow clown goby, would a watchman be better ?
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Well I believe the time has come that my tank has cycled .... Its been 9 days since I put the 2 pieces of raw shrimp in and I believe my levels are correct for the water change.

today's parameters

SG 1.024
temp 79.3
ammonia 0
nitrite 0
nitrates 80+
phosphate .5 ( was 2.0 before I put a filter sock of rowa phos in the canister filter)

I did add rowa phos, chemi pure, and pura complete all in filter socks.
rowa phos and pura complete are in the canister, the chemi pure is in the HOB refugium. Totally is helping keep the PH stable and bring the phosphates down.

So now the question.... How much of a water change do I do ? (this is a 46 gallon bow front) I have 10 gallons of RODI water made up and I can make more if necessary. Just thought I would keep 10 gallons on hand always.
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