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Old 09-05-2013, 05:05 PM   #21
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Clearly you need to do more research and not rush it. Have you even added an ammonia source to the tank? If not cycling will take longer or never fully complete.
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Clearly you need to do more research and not rush it. Have you even added an ammonia source to the tank? If not cycling will take longer or never fully complete.
Yes i dosed 4 ppm of ammonia and in couple hours it was hone ive done my research and have gone to alot of fish stores
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:09 PM   #23
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Ok so i got the tank of craigslist with 30lbs of live rock, a canister filter, a cpr bakpak protien skimmer, and we saver 15 gallons of there water (there tank was up for 5 years.)
And then bought 20lbs of live sand, a power head,and 22 gallons of SW. I tested right before we got them and it was
0 ammonia
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Its cycled
Are you sure their tank has been up for 5 years? That rock looks new, not aged. I would wait a week and test again before adding anything to make sure there isn't any die off from the rock and especially the live sand.
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Are you sure their tank has been up for 5 years? That rock looks new, not aged. I would wait a week and test again before adding anything to make sure there isn't any die off from the rock and especially the live sand.
Wow ,
This has to be the fastest research to purchase time ever!
Question and inquire one day,
And the next purchase a tank , and fish ,
The tomato clowns are too beautiful to sacrifice and I will guarantee your tank will begin a cycle in a couple of days after adding these 2 fish .
The rock is too clean/ new looking for it to be cycled .
But as for a few other threads I've read ,
The best lesson is self taught .
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Are you sure their tank has been up for 5 years? That rock looks new, not aged. I would wait a week and test again before adding anything to make sure there isn't any die off from the rock and especially the live sand.
Yes that is what they told us and the sand is new
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:11 PM   #26
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Well... I'm inclined to think they were lying to you. That rock doesn't show it. And new live sand that has been sitting on a shelf will have die off that will cause a cycle.
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Well... I'm inclined to think they were lying to you. That rock doesn't show it. And new live sand that has been sitting on a shelf will have die off that will cause a cycle.
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These rocks are in my tank and I bought them used in another tank ,
I cycled them when I started , they are about 2 years old , only in my tank less then a year .
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I agree with everyone else wait a week or two testing the water every 3 days and if everything stays zero (I do not think it will though) then you're good to go.
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So what should i do with the clowns?
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:16 PM   #30
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So what should i do with the clowns?
If you believe the tank is already cycled and everything is good what do you have to worry about ?
I will recommend reading about new tanks , especially the nitrogen cycle .
It will explain how all your parameters are good now but will explain what you could possibly be in for ,
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