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Old 10-29-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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Question Cycle is it done? Part II

Ok...my readings today October 28

PH.........8.0 - 8.2
Amonia... 0
Nitrite ... 0
Nitrate 20

So ...do you guys call the cycle done? What will be the next step? Do I need more clean up critters? Any fish sugestion? As my goal it's a reef with fish..do you have any sugestion about reef to start?

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Ok, you have a 34 G tank, what kind of lighting (this will determine what corals you can house). You may also want to add more rock (about 1.5-2Lbs per G).
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:10 AM   #3
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I have a red sea max 34G..they say it's a coral tank.
Do I have to do a PWC? like 10%?
Fishes?
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I would do a PWC to get the nitrates down now, yes. Then, you can add in some clean up crew (not a full crew since you don't have any buildup yet to feed a full crew) and you can consider adding your first fish now as well.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:24 AM   #5
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I post another thread yesterday about my cycle...on that I described what I have already in my tank...1 fire shrimp..10 hermi crab...3 snails...
What you mean when you say i don't have "any buildup yet to feed a full crew"?

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Your cleanup crew grazes on algaes and other living stuff in your aquarium, which in a new tank just takes a little bit of time to develop.
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Some of your clean up crew will eat waste as well. You are probably good for now. How many watts do you lights produce?
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:17 AM   #8
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So all the information from USER MANUAL

The Red Sea Max include two 55 watt T5 power compact fluorescente bulbs with a hight-polish, texture aluminum reflector, designed specifically to attain the lighting requirementes for a healthy reef ecosystem. The lighting provids 1 watt per litter of clear blue sky color with a 1:1 ratio to pure actinic blue.

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How do you like the Red Sea Max tank? Can you put it up against a wall, or do you need room behind it to access any of the components? Such as filters, heater, etc.
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So far I'm very happy with my Red Sea Max, you can put against a wall no problem, you don't need room behind...(just I don't think you should have it totaly agains the wall), all the components you have acess from the top, and you have a central power switch on the side.. it is perfect.
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