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Old 11-25-2012, 11:51 AM   #11
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hmmmm, ph dropped out- probably with the spikes nitrates and phosphates killed off some of the organisms living inside your rock... I have a 10g nano starting out. You can try to buffer your tank with some shells, crushed coral and also make sure that you are keeping up with replenishing iodine, calcium and trace elements. good luck!!
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Old 11-25-2012, 12:07 PM   #12
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I have used Kent's Buffer. It worked well for me, not too pricey.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:28 AM   #13
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I have seen someone on here that had bad salt that made his ph drop real low. There is a recall on the instant ocean reef crystals.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:56 AM   #14
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Beengirl: I think I might just pick some of that up.

boniewoodruff: I used Red Sea Coral pro, everything was ok for over a week. I have been doing a better job of keeping it filled so less waves and then it crashed when I added the top so I think it might be that. But I will keep your advice in mind.

ktomminello: would trace be an issue during a cycle? I thought that was only an issue with growing coral?

Today's Numbers

PH 7.4 (thus the seeking a solution. lol)
NH3 0.00ppm!!!! woohoo and look at the enormous amount of shrimp left. looks like a strong cycle
NO2 2.ppm this is going down, we will see if that is a trend or my ability to read the color chart is bad
NO3 0.00ppm I must have messed that test a bit ago up? or its just super fluctuating.

skipping PO4 today. lazy.


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Old 11-26-2012, 05:10 PM   #15
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Beengirl: I think I might just pick some of that up.

boniewoodruff: I used Red Sea Coral pro, everything was ok for over a week. I have been doing a better job of keeping it filled so less waves and then it crashed when I added the top so I think it might be that. But I will keep your advice in mind.

ktomminello: would trace be an issue during a cycle? I thought that was only an issue with growing coral?

Today's Numbers

PH 7.4 (thus the seeking a solution. lol)
NH3 0.00ppm!!!! woohoo and look at the enormous amount of shrimp left. looks like a strong cycle
NO2 2.ppm this is going down, we will see if that is a trend or my ability to read the color chart is bad
NO3 0.00ppm I must have messed that test a bit ago up? or its just super fluctuating.

skipping PO4 today. lazy.

Here is the shrimp and a FTS for the heck of it.
The tank looks nice. I like how you have some crevices for the fish to hide.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:19 AM   #16
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I have had 2 dead shrimp in for about 3 weeks now. Nitrate just started dropping. Good luck!
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:02 PM   #17
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Beengirl: thanks! I got the Pukani from BRS and is it just gorgeous with so many crevices. I was also able to saw it to even out the bases and used a chisel to carve a cave all the way through one piece and open up that archway.

boniewoodruff: good luck to you too!

todays numbers

Salinity: 1.024 seem to have this dialed in. Will 1.024 be ok or should I try to get to 1.025 which I can do with just a bit of evap.

PH 7.8 not going to worry about this, I think it will even out.

NH3 0 ppm so done with this part of the cycle

NO2: 5ppm at least. I think I am just having issues reading the purple on the chart. I dipped a multitest stick and it actually showed this up at 10ppm. I think I have a long way to come with Nitrite. I have heard that Bio-Spira works for the nitrite portion of the cycle. How long should I give it for the NO2 to come down to think about that? The nitrite portion is the longest part.

NO3 0ppm

now I just wait for the nirtrites.....
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Old 11-30-2012, 05:35 PM   #18
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WooHoo!!!

0ppm ammonia, 0ppm Nitrite, 5ppm nitrate!! salinity 1.025

omg... now what?!?!

so should I start with some CUC? I wanted an assortment of snails to start the coraline seeding and maybe some hermits. they can eat what is left of the shrimp. to early for a shrimp? and I figured no fish till I get back from vacation in January.

Help? first time i've had a cycled salt tank.....

bit nervous....
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While I can't offer advice...I just put shrimp in my tank and am excited to see the tests...how long did it take for you to get an ammonia spike?
Right now my salinity is stable at 1.026 with a ph of around 8.3-8.4...love my ac3 controller with ph probe.....

I tested yesterday..and everything is still zero.
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While I can't offer advice...I just put shrimp in my tank and am excited to see the tests...how long did it take for you to get an ammonia spike?
Right now my salinity is stable at 1.026 with a ph of around 8.3-8.4...love my ac3 controller with ph probe.....

I tested yesterday..and everything is still zero.
It took me to about day 6 to top out ammonia.
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