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Old 01-13-2012, 10:55 PM   #151
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Day 13 water test: 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrIte, 80ppm nitrAte. Did a 50% water change and will test again in an hour. Planning a trip to my LFS tomorrow to pick up a pair of O.C. clowns and maybe a yellow watchman goby. Too much? Making another 15 gallons of saltwater in case I have to do another water change.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:11 AM   #152
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So, you probably cut your cycle in half with the bottled bacteria?
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:56 AM   #153
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Thats what I think. It looks like I got nitrItes way faster than most. If I had to cycle another tank I would use it again. Worth the $16 in my opinion. Do you think it is too soon to put 2 clowns and a ywg in this weekend? Also, I have a chance to get a nice torch coral for free. Think it would be ok in this VERY young tank?
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Here is a pic of the torch. Too soon?


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Old 01-14-2012, 01:38 AM   #155
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I think there's enough speculation to prove either way, Tim. Since you seeded with LR, it's very possible that is the reason your cycle happened so quickly. At the same time, it's equally as possible that the bottled bacteria sped it up. Without a control, I'd be curious as to whether it did anything or not. Regardless, you're ready for fish! I'd stock slowly, maybe start with the clowns, then get the goby after a couple weeks of steady parameters. That's my plan.

No idea on the coral. I'm getting two frags tomorrow, but I've got a few weeks on you. I'm not certain that they'll do any good, but a local guy is giving them to me on the cheap as 'testers'.
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Old 01-14-2012, 11:48 AM   #156
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I think there's enough speculation to prove either way, Tim.
C'Mon Jonathan, drink the cool-aid, everything will work out.....LOL! But, you are right. The reason I think it helped is the fact that I only had about 10lbs of live rock out of about 50lbs. And, I am pretty dissapointed in the live rock. I have not found one hitch hiker. I think it had live bacteria on it but that is all. I will probably get the torch this afternoon and the pair of O.C. clowns. Will post pics and let everyone know how it goes. Thanks to mr_x, Kurtyboh, carey and you for helping with this project so far! Couldn't have done it alone!
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Old 01-14-2012, 02:01 PM   #157
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So, did a 60% pwc last night and another this morning. Got the NitrAte down to 5-10ppm and all else 0ppm. Going to the LFS this afternoon for an Ocellaris clown pair and am getting a free torch. 14 days from filling the tank with water to having fish. Very excited now! Thanks to all for your help!
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Good luck! Show us some pictures once everything is in the tank or qt!
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@carey, Thanks for the good wishes and all the help making this happen!
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As long as your parameters stay stable, the torch will be fine. Keep up the tests for a while to make sure. After they stay put for a week or so you can start scaling back to every other for a while and so on
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