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Old 05-27-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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Im a newbe with some qestions on my SW AQ

I have a 20 gallon wall mounted aquarium 34 x 70 x 4, I have two Fluval u1 filters and heater. On day one I added my live sand and my fresh water and my instant ocean. on day tree I added my cured live rock now its day 4 and I have sand that sticks onto my live rock, its clumps of sand. I moved them around and a lot came off but I still have some. What can I do to get it off. I have been cleaning the filters twice a day. Thanks
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it will come off eventually. just let the tank cycle and the water clear up. btw, you should not add salt directly to the aquarium. mix the salt and water in a separate container and then add it.
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it will come off eventually. just let the tank cycle and the water clear up. btw, you should not add salt directly to the aquarium. mix the salt and water in a separate container and then add it.
ok thanks for the info do you know when I should test my water, and when I should add of test fish, which ones? Thanks
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a proper cycle can take a month. i would get a saltwater test kit right away and see if you are getting any ammonia from the live rock and sand. how much rock did you add btw?
i would not add any living creatures to the tank until it's completely cycled.

as for which fish to add....that's going to be somewhat difficult. you'll have to make sure the fish you buy will be able to turn around in that tank once they get large.
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a proper cycle can take a month. i would get a saltwater test kit right away and see if you are getting any ammonia from the live rock and sand. how much rock did you add btw?
i would not add any living creatures to the tank until it's completely cycled.

ok i have a masters test kit I will test for the ammonia . thanks
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a proper cycle can take a month. i would get a saltwater test kit right away and see if you are getting any ammonia from the live rock and sand. how much rock did you add btw?
i would not add any living creatures to the tank until it's completely cycled.

as for which fish to add....that's going to be somewhat difficult. you'll have to make sure the fish you buy will be able to turn around in that tank once they get large.
ok I have a masters test kit i will test the ammonia. Thanks
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ok..but how much rock did you add? how much sand? do you have any pics you can share? it sounds like a very interesting tank for sure.
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you might not see any ammonia because you have a very small amount of live rock and sand for the total volume of the tank. if you don't plan on putting any more rock in, you might need to add an ammonia source. some folks use a raw shrimp from the supermarket for this purpose. let the shrimp rot in the tank water and you'll get a spike.
i would add a bit more rock and see if the die-off from the rock spikes the ammonia for you.
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that system would probably be better as a reef only then to have fish in it, it is very narrow and not many fish would be able to turn around in it. maybe a clow would or some small gobys

anyways i would suggest more live rock, it no only adds filtration but it adds a nice look if its all setup with caves and such
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