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Old 04-19-2006, 07:03 PM   #21
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question what is the right level for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and Ph.

what do you think guy's do I need to remove my under gravel filter?
NH3-0
NO2-0
NO3-<10
PO4-0
PH-8.1-8.3
Remove the undergravel filter.

I agree with seaham 100%
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Old 04-19-2006, 07:05 PM   #22
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Ok! I will buy a test kits.

How about my equipment do I have to add or to remove equipments on my aquarium
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Old 04-19-2006, 08:08 PM   #23
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The major thing you are missing is good lighting. (Besides the test kits.)

The power heads, and skimmer are good.

The wet-dry could be converted into a sump, which is good.

A quarantine tank would be another good thing to have.

Yes, remove the undergravel filter, but do it slowly. Remove about 1/4 of the crushed coral each week, and when it's all gone you can pull out the plates. If you can, replace the crushed coral with argonite sand (Carib Sea sells the expensive kind, Wal-Mart has "white play sand" manufactured by "Old Castle" under the brandname "Kolorscape" that's the same stuff only cheaper. Don't be scared off by the warning on the white play sand that it shouldn't be used in aquariums.) If you're not going to replace with sand, you could just remove the uplift tubes. The plates won't hurt anything, it's the crushed coral and the circulation pattern that need to change.

seaham358 - Don't be so harsh. The first post on this thread was yesterday, we've already emphasized the importance of test kits. Not everyone has an express train to the LFS and an unlimited bank account. The foodstuffs are already on hand, so that's all we have until the test kits come.
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you say you have 2 wet and dry filter , hoe do you have 2 wet dry filters? Are these hang on back filters or are they under the tank?

dskidmore just driving home how important the test kits are.. Food is not a issue at this point and just trying to deal with the larger issue at hand... A elegance in a tank poor lighting and possible poor water quality. The reason things are dieing and not eating is probably due too poor water quality not the food. JMO..
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The reason things are dieing and not eating is probably due too poor water quality not the food. JMO..
I agree completely.
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How do you acclimate the critters you put in the tank?
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Old 04-19-2006, 08:59 PM   #27
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Thanx! Dskidmore… well this is my first time to try saltwater I know sometimes I’m tooo annoying because I ask too many question, because I like to learn.

I read some articles on the net but sometimes or most of the sime I cannot understand some information because I do not have any experience on it.

Well thanx! for all the info…
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Not annoying at all?? we all asked questions ar first that is how we learn.. We are looking to get as much info as possible to help you out. This why we ask questions and want answers so we can help you out.
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No such thing as too many questions. We are just trying to get info from you to help us, so we can help you.
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:32 PM   #30
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Yup! I have 2 wet and dry filter hang on back filters…

But I see one problem because I have 3 power head running at opposite direction and the current is too strong do I need to turn off one of the power head or just leave it be.
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