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Old 08-04-2011, 09:48 PM   #21
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ph at 8.3, salinity is a bit low, but not a problem. look at the link in my sig for fishless cycling. You should also consider buying some test kits. API are the best for the value, but you can't go wrong with spending some extra $ on a nicer test kit. Aquarium Water Test Kits | Marine Depot
It took me a little while to figure out, but you'll need to buffer your tank with
Alk and Calcium once you get some lights and coraline/corals. Look for a good two part additive system, since you're running a smaller tank you don't need a calc reactor, the two-part will be fine. I'm assuming you have AC, but if for some reason you don't (like me) that glass top will have to go, in fact, you'll probably take it off anyways, but i'll leave that up to you.
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Old 08-04-2011, 10:37 PM   #22
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Yea I have a API master test kit. I'm going to get a reef master kit soon. The top is acrylic I have a/c the house remains about 70 degrees or so. I was thinking that I needed a ph buffer to get it to 8.3. I cannot wait until I can put some fish in there. Was thinking about picking up some instant ocean bio spira to speed up the process a little bit. I have a question I know that sone people do water changes weekly is it ok to do them monthly?
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:05 PM   #23
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What's the easiest way to add salt to a tank to raise salinity?
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:09 PM   #24
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doing a water change once a month is just asking for trouble in my opinion. Not enough export of nutrients and replenishment of the ones already used.
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Ok would every other week be ok?
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:30 PM   #26
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I'd start out with every week and see how it goes. I do mine every week and havent had any problems with my parameters. Most people do weekly pwc's, just the nature of the beast
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I'd start out with every week and see how it goes. I do mine every week and havent had any problems with my parameters. Most people do weekly pwc's, just the nature of the beast
+1 I do your pwcs everyweek once stocked but at first you shouldn't have a problem doing it every two weeks. A good rule of thumb is 20%.
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Picked up some ph buffer today while at work. Let's see how it works. I was at about 7.8-8.0 last night. Looked at the shrimp that was in there and they have what almost looks like a bubble around them. But ammo is still at 1.0 ppm
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Picked up some ph buffer today while at work. Let's see how it works. I was at about 7.8-8.0 last night. Looked at the shrimp that was in there and they have what almost looks like a bubble around them. But ammo is still at 1.0 ppm
The bubble is what u want. Hold off on the ph buffer till u stock. . Alot can effect ph.. including water quality.. which would make sence if your cycling
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So went to the lfs over here. And I told him there was nothing happening with 2 shrimp in my tank so he gave me an adult domino damsel to cycle with also purchased about 8 pounds of live rock from him. And it came complete with a teeny tiny feather duster on it. I'm not happy about cycling with a fish but hey it is what it is. I even brought him a water sample and even he said you should be a little furter along than it was. So we'll see what happens.
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