Thanx so much guys! And no my tank was not cycled before I stuck the rock in there, so this is the initial cycle. I tested all the parameters as soon as I filled it because...#1 I was anxous to do SOMETHING with it...lol and #2 because I wanted to familiarize myself with the SW
and reef test kits. I tested it again yesterday because my LFS
guy told me that snails will help eat up all the crap on the LR
. So, I wanted to see where my cycle was at.
It is a 20 gal
high. I was told to go smaller for the seahorses. I was going to go with a 29, but the initial cost would have been twice as much. I wish I would've went bigger, so the parameters would be easier to maintain. But I was also concerned about weight. The tank is in my bedroom next to an antique dresser that stands 5 foot high and weighs in at close to 200 lbs, if not more. There's also a 29 gal FW
set-up in there. So, combined weight in my little bedroom is at least 600 lbs without the SW
tank, the bed or any of the nightstands etc... To go with a 29 would have doubled the weight of the 20 gal
, so I just stuck with that. I'll just have to watch it closely and do more pwcs. That's no big deal, cuz I'm constantly making DI
water for my FW
tanks anyway (as I have 6 of those running, including a Discus tank which requires alot of pwcs).
I have 2 more questions......
Down the line (after much more research and reading), I plan on sticking a couple of soft corals in there. I was thinking of getting the powder 8.2 ph stabalizer. I hate using additives, but with it being a small tank, I'm fearful the pH will fluctuate and stress my ponies and eventually corals.
Even if it is left at 7.8, that isn't out of normal range.
If it stays at a 7.8 will this be ok for my livestock?? I plan on doing the pwcs by adding OSMO prep to my DI
, then mixing in the salt. Once I figure out how much of what to add, the amounts will be consistent. I will NOT be adding the seahorses until I know exactly what I'm doing, and monitor water conditions for awhile to observe fluctuations. Soooooo powder pH stabalizer or not?
The other question at hand......Do I do pwcs the same way I do for FW
? By that I mean, Can I use a "gravel vaccum"? Do I twist it into the sand the same way I would with the gravel in a FW
? And should I buy a seperate vaccum to use solely for my SW
Thanx again for putting my mind at ease as far as the severe ammonia spike. I'll be heading down to That Fish Place in Lancaster today for supplies (I only live a half hour away). I plan on getting another gravel vaccum for my SW
tank, but I wanted to double check first.