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Old 02-14-2011, 07:19 PM   #11
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I would recommend doing a Partial water change every day to keep the nitrites and ammonia down until they are not present in the aquarium, this will hopefully keep the fish alive enough for the tank to cycle.
Ok thanks 5 gal or 10 gal per day, its a 55 gal
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:25 PM   #12
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Oh man! Another soul who was probably told to set up a tank and let it run for a few weeks before adding fish. I'm sorry that happened to you. More sorry for the fish in your tank who are going thru this cycling with high ammonia and nitrite levels.

Read up on cycling a tank. You'll see that it is hard on fish. Very hard. Look at our articles section and read about fishless cycling.

Now that you've added copper, pls belive what MrX told you above. Inverts (crabs, shrimp, starfish, coral, anenomes) will not live in that tank. I'd use it as a quarantine/hospital tank for new fish arrivals or sick fish and get a new tank, rock and sand and start over. Be more informed, and don't give in to being "new or a lill dumb" before you spend your money. You'll enjoy it a lot more
When i got the tank it was all ready set up, i keep the water that was in it and run it for 4 weeks ,all my numbers where at 0, 3 days later i add fish
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sidney, if you can, purchase a reef ready 75 gallon tank. a 55 is barely 12" from front to back. a 75 is 18" front to back. 20 more gallons, but a much bigger footprint. you'll be glad you did.

keeping the water from the old tank isn't going to do anything to prevent a cycle. there is virtually no bacteria in the water- it's all on the surfaces.
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Old 02-14-2011, 07:31 PM   #14
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sidney, if you can, purchase a reef ready 75 gallon tank. a 55 is barely 12" from front to back. a 75 is 18" front to back. 20 more gallons, but a much bigger footprint. you'll be glad you did.

keeping the water from the old tank isn't going to do anything to prevent a cycle. there is virtually no bacteria in the water- it's all on the surfaces.
Thank Mr. x i hope i can keep the ones i have alive and do a lot more reading
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heres a good thing to read - you said you wanted to read up more
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:41 AM   #16
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How to setup your first saltwater aquarium.

heres a good thing to read - you said you wanted to read up more
You know i got my tank all set up it was running when i got there to pick it up live sand live rock snow flake eel and all i got it home and put the water that was in it back in it and i let it run no fish no eel wife did not like eel for 4 plus weeks did all the texts and all tests were 0 ph was 8.0 all good right So i get 5 fish 2 crabs and all [moderator edit] breaks loose now im doing 5 gals of culligan water very day to get it back to 0s
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sidney, if you can, purchase a reef ready 75 gallon tank. a 55 is barely 12" from front to back. a 75 is 18" front to back. 20 more gallons, but a much bigger footprint. you'll be glad you did.

keeping the water from the old tank isn't going to do anything to prevent a cycle. there is virtually no bacteria in the water- it's all on the surfaces.
You know i got the tank all ready set up it was running when i picked it up it had live rock live sand full of water and a live snow flake eel about 18 ins. long, wife did not like eel so i sold it. Igot tank home put water back in tank and let it run for 4 plus weeks. Tests were all 0s and PH 8.0 i buy 5 fish and 2 crabs and all [moderator edit] cuts loose. Now im doing daily water 5 gals. of culligan os water.
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I like the idea of a 75g too. We ALL want as bigger one than we first got.

Ok to move your fish into the new tank after cycling, but not the rock or sand I believe.
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Good news ick has gone away all my levels are 0s and my fish are doing great.
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