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Old 08-01-2005, 05:32 PM   #1
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Cycle almost complete, when its done what % water change?

Here is my last few test results, I think by the end of the week I should see all 0 and can add my livestock

Test 7/21/05
Temperature 79
PH 7.8
Salinity 1.024
Nitrate 10ppm
Nitrite 1.0ppm
Ammonia 0.0ppm

Test 7/25/05
Temperature 79
PH 7.8
Salinity 1.024
Nitrate 80ppm
Nitrite 1.5ppm
Ammonia 0.0ppm

Test 7/29/05
Temperature 79
PH 7.8
Salinity 1.024
Nitrate 40ppm
Nitrite 2.0ppm
Ammonia 0.0ppm

Test 8/1/05
Temperature 79
PH 7.8
Salinity 1.025
Nitrate 10ppm
Nitrite 0.25ppm
Ammonia 0.0ppm


So when it does go to 0, what % water change should I do. Its a 10g tank.

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Old 08-01-2005, 09:52 PM   #2
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Did you change the water between 7/25 and 8/1? Your nitrates fell down. How does that happen without a water change? Are you sure you did the test correctly?
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How does that happen without a water change?
skimming can do it.

I would do a 3 galllon water change once the cycle is complete IMO.
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Afterthought. Take a water sample to your LFS just to compare your results.
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Ahhh Duh! Didn't think about skimming.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:45 PM   #6
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Just curious, why is a water change needed after the cycle. I never did do one and my parameters were fine. 0ppm ammonia, nitrites, and <5ppm nitrates. Am I missing something?
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Just a part of the routine water care and to lower nitrates.
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Old 08-02-2005, 01:03 AM   #8
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The test isnt to hard lol. Put 5 drops of solute into the solution and compare to color chart. Same test as I have been doing since day one and its definatly gone down. Its a very light purple instead of a deep purple.

Ill take it to have it checked but Im sure it correct. I top off daily with about 1.2 gallon water daily. One thing that i wish I did with consistency was take test before adding my water daily.
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Also would I be ok adding a clown to the tank now?
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The nitrate test on the aquarium pharm. kit is a PITA. You have to add 10 drops... turn the vial a few times to mix it up. Then shake the #2 bottle for atleast 30 seconds... then add 10 drops. Now shake up the vial for 1 minute atleast then let it sit for 5 minutes. Kinda rough for one test. Much more accurate than those test strips tho.


A skimmer does make perfect sense tho. Personally I wonder why you need to do water changes hardly at all if you have a skimmer and good water circulation. Using just aragonite sand and live rock with a skimmer and a few power heads. LR and LS for biological filtration to make nitrates, HOB filter for mechanical, and a skimmer to remove nitrates. Just top off the tank. :P You could use a python just to do that.


As for adding the clown I've heard they are pretty hardy fish. If it looks like the tank has cycled. 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrites. I would think you could add him. I've just heard you should go slow. Let the tank adjust to the waste production to keep ammonia spikes to a minimum.

I'm actually working on my first SW tank and I have some shrimp rotting in my tank along with some LR and LS. Should prove to be an interesting smell.
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