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Old 10-14-2013, 03:44 PM   #11
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Just buy 2 They are cheap and when there is enough beneficial bacteria built what ever is left won't hurt anything . Better to have enough than not .
Ok! I bought 4! My little bro love shrimp so he can eat the other 2 haha. Do I cut off the hard tail or not?
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Ok! I bought 4! My little bro love shrimp so he can eat the other 2 haha. Do I cut off the hard tail or not?
No .
Put it in a stocking or mesh bag ,
Just makes picking it out and cleaning it easier when it's done
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No . Put it in a stocking or mesh bag , Just makes picking it out and cleaning it easier when it's done
Ok cool! Thanks!
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Just tested my water..

Ph: 7.8 I'm ordering API buffer max to raise it to 8.2-8.4
Ammo: close to 0 ppm
Nitrite: 1.0 ppm
Nitrate: 20-40 ppm
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Just tested my water.. Ph: 7.8 I'm ordering API buffer max to raise it to 8.2-8.4 Ammo: close to 0 ppm Nitrite: 1.0 ppm Nitrate: 20-40 ppm
Don't worry about raising it yet .
Leave it alone and let it cycle .
After it's finished and you do a water change that's when you worry about
Ph ,
Cal :
KH :

The only important ones now are ammonia , nitrite , nitrate and temp .
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:40 PM   #16
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Just tested my water.. Ph: 7.8 I'm ordering API buffer max to raise it to 8.2-8.4 Ammo: close to 0 ppm Nitrite: 1.0 ppm Nitrate: 20-40 ppm
Nature doesn't have a chance to do its thing as long as we are playing with it,
Be patient the more you play with it the longer It will take
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Ok! Cal is calcium I'm assuming. I have a hydrometer. Is that the same thing as testing cal?


My temp right now is 74 degrees F.
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Ok! Cal is calcium I'm assuming. I have a hydrometer. Is that the same thing as testing cal? My temp right now is 74 degrees F.
Hydrometer ?
I think there is one that measures temp and salinity ( specific gravity )
They were a glass bobber type .
The hydrometer I have only test salinity ppt ( parts per thousand )
And SG ( specific gravity )
To test cal it's done with a test kit .
I'm not trying to be rude but have you researched ?
You might want to raise your temp a little to 78 .
Did you mix your own salt ?
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Hydrometer ? I think there is one that measures temp and salinity ( specific gravity ) They were a glass bobber type . The hydrometer I have only test salinity ppt ( parts per thousand ) And SG ( specific gravity ) To test cal it's done with a test kit . I'm not trying to be rude but have you researched ? You might want to raise your temp a little to 78 . Did you mix your own salt ?
I have the hydrometer. (Sg and salinity)
I have a glass thermometer in my tank right now.

I thought I had done most research! This is the first time I've been informed of calcium. The API saltwater test kit I have only had ammo, ph, trites, and trates. I guess I need to get a calcium test kit! And yes, I mixed my own salt!
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Ah, I need to get the reef master kit... I wasn't planning on adding coral right away though.. I was gonna go about a month with a FOWLR tank and use that month to do more research on coral and what is needed. Do I still need to test calcium with a FOWLR tank?
Right now my sg is at 1.023
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