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Old 05-01-2009, 06:28 PM   #11
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I would offer you this last piece of advice. It's hard to help you if you won't provide the information that's asked for in the thread. Each of the questions that has been asked would have provided a piece of the puzzle to help answer your basic question : 'What could have possibly went wrong?'

In any event, good luck with your new tank.
I am willing to give all the info once I am home. I appreciate the help this far and will post asap.
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Never put an anemone in a brand new tank. You need a well established tank as they need perfect conditions.
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:32 PM   #14
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So if I'm starting new and the tank is empty. Can I put the salt directly in the tank? Thinking of picking up pre mixed stuff.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:25 PM   #15
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Heres how i set mine up. I filled it 95% with water and let it warm to 80. Then
I added 2 cups of salt per gallon and waited a few hours and tested salinity. I added more salt every while to get it to the right amount. If you had a hygrometer, Take it to your LFS and have them test it in their tanks. Mine was off by about .009 and i adjusted for it. Also, when ready to start cycling get some of the LFS sand and add it to the base sand. This will have the bacteria that eat ammonia, nitrite.
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:32 PM   #16
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ok
as promised.
here are the results so far.

Ammonia .40
pH 8.4
Nirate:~0
Nirite: 0
Salinity 1.019 (remember i took out ~10 gallons of water and replaced it with regular distilled water)

i have 10 gallons of premixed salt water sitting here ready to go btw that i bought at the LFS.
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There are no fish in there right? If not go get some of the LFS sand to seed your sand with bacteria that may have died during the High salinity.
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There are no fish in there right? If not go get some of the LFS sand to seed your sand with bacteria that may have died during the High salinity.
Already bought a bag and put it in we removing the dead fish and adding diatolled water. I also have 10 gallon or premixed salt water sitting here.
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OK I see two things that probably are culprits in the death of your fish. 1) your ammonia level is lethal. That needs to be 0 before anything is added to the tank. 2) Your salinity moved too far too fast. when raising or lowering salinity it must be done very slowly. These two reasons combined are a perfect recipe for fish deaths. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:53 AM   #20
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what is "diatolled water".
1) it is best to mix your saltwater in a separate container. Get that to a SG of ~1.026 then add that to your tank. I don't believe your cycle is done yet. as Mike stated your AM is deadly. Take your time, the fish will be there when your tank is ready.
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