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Old 04-13-2011, 03:47 AM   #541
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You sound mad about having to miss class and set up a fish tank instead!! School must of changed since I've been there.
Amen to that! I would've given anything to miss any amount of class, even if I had to learn something new on my own.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:15 AM   #542
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Thing is my teacher is useless, she hasnt taught us anything alll year she might be crazy, and she can barely speak english, and the freshwatr part, she is getting gravel and a test kit what do i do? how should i test the water
what do i look for, does the water need some salt?
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:32 AM   #543
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It's just like SW minus the salt (only use hypo-salinity when battling ich). The tank still has to cycle and you have to test for pH, Nitrate/ites, and ammonia. Other than that, you're pretty much good to go.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:54 AM   #544
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Yeah most fw fish dont like a high ph, cichlids are an exceprion there may be others as well... Ph isn't really a big deal though for most fw as long as its steady.
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Old 04-13-2011, 08:58 AM   #545
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ok same params and sw ans wait for each spike right? amm, then trite, then trate? then don?
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You got it! As someone said earlier, the pH is [generally] the only difference between fresh and salt.
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:15 PM   #547
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Back to the realll thread for a sec what do i do now =(
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Old 04-15-2011, 12:18 AM   #548
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if I was in this situation, I would start over. I've invested too much money in my tank for me to consider backing out. The only other option is for me to do a FW tank, but I know in the end I would be unsatisfied and retry SW. I really love this hobby so far so I wouldn't give up. I guess the question is do you like it enough to restart? Or try to get back MAYBE half of your money
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:15 AM   #549
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What im supposed to throw out my rocks and sand? no way should i do a 70% wc or a 50% every three days to get it straigt
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Here's my advice: Take out your rocks and drain as much water as you can out. Clean up the inside of the tank really well. Fill it back up and do a LARGE pwc to get rid of anything bad you cleaned up and to get the gunk outta the sand. Fill again and start over.

You probably won't have much of a cycle since you're putting back the LR that cycled already.

This time out I would suggest adding your cuc and any inverts first. Then onto small and not real expensive fish. try some clowns, blennies or a goby. after your tank is doing good for a few months add in the fish of your choice.

I hope this helps and if you need any more encouragement just post!

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