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Old 10-14-2011, 12:47 AM   #31
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gboy and green turtule, what grade are u guys in?
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Old 10-14-2011, 08:14 AM   #32
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Update: We purchased 4 pounds of live rock yesterday from lfs. We want to add in about 10 pounds of base rock when we can.

Any suggestions for aquascaping?
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Update: We purchased 4 pounds of live rock yesterday from lfs. We want to add in about 10 pounds of base rock when we can.

Any suggestions for aquascaping?
Make sure it is set in a way that it wont topple and gives lots of tunnels and hiding places for the fish. They will love it. I used the base rock to form the base (imagine that), then used the live rock that was a pretty purple color to cover the white base rock.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:24 AM   #34
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Just tested the ammonia - .05 ppm. Cycle has begun, Yeah!
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You are on you way. Just remember, it takes time for the BB to establish a good colony. Be patient. This is fun, almost like starting my own tank over again.
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:11 AM   #36
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Update: the ammonia was up to 1.0 yesterday.

We got the 30 gallon set up and running yesterday; the sand is mostly settled this morning. We also purchased 50 pounds of base rock from Reef Cleaners along with a few pieces of live rock from the lfs. We're planning on adding our ammonia source this morning.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:59 AM   #37
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10 gallon
pH 8.2
ammonia 0.5 (down from Saturday, but only spiked to 1ppm)
nitrite between 0 and .25 ppm (so starting to show up)
salinity .028?

Questions: Is 1 ppm enough of an ammonia spike or should we see more like 4 ppm?
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:26 AM   #38
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The earlier test results were for yesterday; here are todays for the 10 gal.
pH 8.2
ammonia 1.5
Nitrite between 0 and .25
Nitrate 5 ppm (starting to show up)
Salinity .030 (high)
Temp. 72

Questions:

Why is the salinity rising?
The temperature is lower than it should be and the Visitherm heater is turned up as far as it can be. How can I increase the temperature?
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Why is the salinity rising?
Are you getting much evaporation? If so, when the water evaporates it leaves the salt behind. If you are adding back salt water it will bring more salt into the system. To replace evaporated water use regular RO/DI water with no salt. When you do partial water changes (PWC) you will use saltwater because when you remove water you are taking the salt with it.
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If your h heater hasn't brought you up to temp at max the tank is either in a cool place or the heater is not working right
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