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Old 10-20-2011, 09:31 AM   #51
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You will be amazed at how many life forms will make it through the cycle. Keep a camera close by and take pictures whenever you can. Then you can post them in the ID forum and find out what they are. Most will be good but some may be worth removing. It is always good to get input from the experts. Look up Bristle Worms in Google and see if that is what yours look like.
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Old 10-20-2011, 10:05 AM   #52
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Awesome, thank you for the advise. We'll check Google after we give you our update. We thin it was a serpent star arm, but not sure. We also saw a pink-ish colored worm on the sand this morning.

Here is todays update.

10 gal
pH 7.8
ammonia .5
nitrite .5
nitrate 20
salinity 1.026
temp. 76

30 gal
pH 8.2
ammonia 1.5
nitrite between 0 and .25
nitrate 0
salinity 1.026
temp 82

I'm thinking that we're at the halfway point with the 10 gal. ammonia is still .5 after we added 10 drops of ammonia and a pinch of fish food yesterday, and nitrite continues to rise, and nitrates are rising.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:07 AM   #53
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The base rock came yesterday. Here are the updated photos of both aquariums.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:25 AM   #54
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Looking good. In the second pictures do I see a lot of bubbles or is that just the reflection from the light? Bubbles should be avoided.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:55 AM   #55
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Yes, the bubbles are from the powerhead. How do you avoid bubbles from the powerhead and filter output? In the first picture the powerhead is turned off.

We are looking to upgrade our lighting also. What do you recommend?
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:46 AM   #56
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Thank you again, for all of the help and answering our questions. We've decied our first 2 fish purchases will be a mated pair of ocellaris or percula clowns.

cycling test results:

10 gal.
pH 7.8
ammonia 1.0
nitrite 1.0
nitrate 20
salinity 1.027
temp 75 F

30 gal.
pH 8.2
ammonia 2
nitrite .25
nitrate 5
salinity
temp 82 F

another question: What do you use for chemical filtration in your filter?
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Old 10-21-2011, 10:39 AM   #57
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Should we up the Ace amonia dosing to 4ppm?
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I don't use chemical filtration the live rock is the work horse when it comes to flirtation. If the powerheads have a Venturi tube attached you should plug the end so no air comes in. Dosing the ammonia to 4 ppm will help the bacteria to multiply. Try to wait 24 hours after getting it to 4 ppm before testing. If not ammonia and nitrite are not at 0 by then dose it again. Kelp doing that until the bacteria can bring both to 0 within 24 hours for a couple of days in a row. Then start doing 10-20% water changes until nitrate is below 5. Once that happens you will be ready for fish. Good choice on the fish. . Everyone NEEDS a Nemo.
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:36 PM   #59
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Yesterday we doesed both aquariums up to 4ppm. Here are the results 24 hours later.

Also, took out the powerheads to block off air flow, will put them back tomorrow.

10 gal.
pH 7.8
ammonia 1.5
nitrite 1.5
nitrate 20
salinity 1.025
temp 75

30 gal.
pH 7.8
ammonia 2.0
nitrite .75
nitrate 10
salinity 1.025
temp 79
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We didn't test yesterday. here are a few pictures of things growing on the live rocks. It seems like we're beginning to see new things everday day. This morning we also saw some dead white worms? on the sand. Can you id any of these?
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