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Old 10-15-2012, 10:27 AM   #41
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I'm assuming you started with the damsels, if that's the case, did you do anything special to acclimate the next set of fish after the cycling?
Yes I started with the damsels first. But there were only a couple of damsels before I added my blue regal tang. There are some damsels you want to stay away from, one being the Neon Damsel. I basically added a couple damsels then another type of fish. Then a couple damsels, then another type of fish. My blue regal tang seems to be the peace keeper in my tang so at this time there isn't much of a territorial issue.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #42
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Yes I started with the damsels first. But there were only a couple of damsels before I added my blue regal tang. There are some damsels you want to stay away from, one being the Neon Damsel. I basically added a couple damsels then another type of fish. Then a couple damsels, then another type of fish. My blue regal tang seems to be the peace keeper in my tang so at this time there isn't much of a territorial issue.
This is good to hear. Let's hope mine will be as content. Thanks.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:10 PM   #43
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So, it's been almost six weeks. Still no ammonia, no nitrate or nitrite... I did a water change and cleaned the filter last weeks or the first time. My four damsels seem happy. Another thing that's out of the ordinary is that the live sand is turning brown in certain areas. What am I missing here?
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So, it's been almost six weeks. Still no ammonia, no nitrate or nitrite... I did a water change and cleaned the filter last weeks or the first time. My four damsels seem happy. Another thing that's out of the ordinary is that the live sand is turning brown in certain areas. What am I missing here?
What are your nitrates and phosphates reading and what kind of lighting are you using? That brown algae is is diatom algae and usually occurs when you are completing or have just completed your cycle. Let me see if I can get you a link to read!
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What are your nitrates and phosphates reading and what kind of lighting are you using? That brown algae is is diatom algae and usually occurs when you are completing or have just completed your cycle. Let me see if I can get you a link to read!
http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/alg...a/aa091100.htm

That will explain a lot for you!
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Are you testing your water or is it a LFS? Seems strange to have zeros across the board with fish in there. At the very least there should be some nitrates.
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What are your nitrates and phosphates reading and what kind of lighting are you using? That brown algae is is diatom algae and usually occurs when you are completing or have just completed your cycle. Let me see if I can get you a link to read!
Nitrates were I would say slightly more than zero way less than 5.0 ppm. I'm using the API test and I'm not even sure if it was darker than the yellow (0 ppm) on the chart. My ph is 8.2. I can't imagine this being this easy, I only did one water change so far because I didn't see any ammonia spike nor detected anything harmful. Damsels are all active, eating twice a day without any problems I see no stress what so ever. I'm going to read the article now. Thank you for the response.
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Nitrates were I would say slightly more than zero way less than 5.0 ppm. I'm using the API test and I'm not even sure if it was darker than the yellow (0 ppm) on the chart. My ph is 8.2. I can't imagine this being this easy, I only did one water change so far because I didn't see any ammonia spike nor detected anything harmful. Damsels are all active, eating twice a day without any problems I see no stress what so ever. I'm going to read the article now. Thank you for the response.
You are welcome! Somewhere along the line you had to of cycled if you are at zero at both and a little nitrates present. Did you use filter media from a friend with the bacteria on it and cured live rock? I didn't have a cycle when I switched tanks but used my same stuff. Then when I emptied my other 55, I used a few pieces if live rock, some sand from my tank, and put the filter on that I used in QT and had nothing. I've always started from scratch in the past though.
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Are you testing your water or is it a LFS? Seems strange to have zeros across the board with fish in there. At the very least there should be some nitrates.
I'm testing the water myself, I'm following instructions every time even though I know what to do. I'm testing it twice in a row. I'm just completely stumped. I'm going to have my LFS test it I just can't for another week because of this **** hurricane sandy. I don't even know if I should do another water change.
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You are welcome! Somewhere along the line you had to of cycled if you are at zero at both and a little nitrates present. Did you use filter media from a friend with the bacteria on it and cured live rock? I didn't have a cycle when I switched tanks but used my same stuff. Then when I emptied my other 55, I used a few pieces if live rock, some sand from my tank, and put the filter on that I used in QT and had nothing. I've always started from scratch in the past though.
I don't even have live rock, I had brand new media and filter, I just used that wet live sand. I wonder if I can start adding more fish. I guess I'll decide that when I get the water tested at the LFS.
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