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Old 01-02-2011, 02:33 AM   #61
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Wow that tank looks very nice. Your doing a good job so far! I would really look into a light, once you get one type of coral its hard to not get more! The T5 you need isnt too pricy anyway. Good idea with the filter, Im always looking for ways to reause everything I got. They usually fall to diy projects. Good luck, again tank looks great!
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:21 AM   #62
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Thank you Kelso!

yes i feel the same way, once i get one its just going to multiply from there.

the only thing holding be back now is that i would like to keep everything enclosed and not have glass top with exposed light.

i know thats the best way to do it, but i dont want the excess light it gives off lighting up that side of the room. i would rather have the water/decor very bright giving off light from the inside out.
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:19 PM   #63
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Todays water results

Ammonia - 0-.25
Nitrite - .1
Nitrate - 10-20 ( hard to tell by color)
pH - 8.2ish

i have been getting the same test results for the past week, week and a half.

is there a reason why nothing is changing?
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it's only been since the 18th. it's not uncommon to have a cycle that lasts a month or so.
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Old 01-03-2011, 09:45 PM   #65
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as you can tell im getting antsy, haha. im very excited.

what would be the ideal test results im looking for? everything to be at 0 right?
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well, no ammonia or nitrite. nitrates are ok..but not at ridiculous levels. practice patience. you'll be happy you did in the long run. you are almost there...your livestock will thank you.
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for the water that has evaporated and needed to top off from the canister filter, i added about 4 gals of distilled water so far. its cheap and i have a 6 tablespoon - 1 gal of water ratio i measured ( 1.022 ). i wanted to give an advantage over tap water during my cycle.

i am noticing more brown build up on my LR as time goes by( comes off if i rub my finger on it). what is this?
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you don't salt your evap water..just add fresh.salt does not evaporate.
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Old 01-04-2011, 01:21 AM   #70
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i am noticing more brown build up on my LR as time goes by( comes off if i rub my finger on it). what is this?
That would probably be diatoms. They usually show up towards the end of cycling. You can let it be, it will burn out on its own, or if it's really bothering you, once your cycle is 100% done you can add a few snails.
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