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Old 03-22-2012, 09:30 PM   #271
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Tumbling chaeto is what you want. Diatoms are also normal for a new tank will usually die out soon.
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Excellent, thanks cmor.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:52 PM   #273
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Looking good. IME once you hit the diatom stage you're well on your way to finishing up the cycle. Nice progress.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:57 PM   #274
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Stocking list done?
Almost ready for that first fish.
Do you have a QT?
If not, get some filter material in the sump now and get ready to start up the QT in a week. YES, you should QT from the first livestock you buy and everything that comes after.
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Can I use a 5 gal and an HOB for quarantine?
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Old 03-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #276
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Can I use a 5 gal and an HOB for quarantine?
as long as you buy the fish as juvies yea you can. I mean I wouldn't put a small tang in there but you can for a few weeks if it's small enough. just don't put more than 1-2 fish in a 5g QT at a time.
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Can I use a 5 gal and an HOB for quarantine?
Try 10g. They are $12 at Walmart or a 20g for $30 at petsmarr
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I would probably go with a little bit of a bigger QT too. I am currently using a 20g, but 10g is a good size too.
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I agree on a 10g as a minimum. I use a 30, but I bought it when I had an Ich outbreak years ago and needed to house all my fish for 8 weeks. I now use it to mix my PWCs in.
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Good news, ammonia is now 0 ppm. Nitrite is dropping. Down to around 1.0. Should be ready for a water change soon. Mixing up SW for my PWC now...

Also observed a couple of small feather dusters that must have either come in on cmor's chaeto or on my LR. Cool!

I am getting a ton of salt creep near the end of the sump where the drain line ends. I may have to come up with a lid or some thing for the sump, or at least the skimmer/drain area...

Also, no new growth on the diatoms, and they might have actually receded a bit. That is encouraging.
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