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Old 10-18-2004, 02:13 PM   #1
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Just a few question

My tank has been cycling for over a month now and my nitrite levels are still a bit on the high side. What can i do about this to get them closer to zero. The man at the LFS told me not to worry about. Is this correct?

Also i still have a brown film growing everywhere. I think it is diatom bloom but what can i do to control this because it is getting out of hand and i am having to wipe the glass off about every two or three days. What type of cleaners etc. can i get that will help take care of this problem.

My last question is where is the cheapest place to purchase a PC lighting. I would rather buy a kit that is already put together because i am still in school and i don't have a lot of time to be fabricating a hood. I would like about 120-150W total. It needs to be between 24-30in in width.

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Aquaclear 150 HOB Filter (soon to be upgraded to a 15gal refugeum)
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35 lbs Live Rock ~ (wanting to have about 45lbs when done)
1 yellow watchman goby
1 saddle back clown that hosts my condy
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
hermits and snails
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:15 PM   #2
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i'm no expert, but here's what I've heard:

leave it alone. it's not done cycling. how much LR do you have?

the brown is normal too
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:21 PM   #3
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I have about 20 lbs right now but i am hoping to have about 40 lbs when i am done. Just cant afford it right now. It is outrageous at my LFS.
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29gal.
65W Accentic 65W Daylight PC
Aquaclear 150 HOB Filter (soon to be upgraded to a 15gal refugeum)
Seaclone 100 Protein Skimmer
20 lbs Live Sand ~2in SB
35 lbs Live Rock ~ (wanting to have about 45lbs when done)
1 yellow watchman goby
1 saddle back clown that hosts my condy
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
hermits and snails
2 emerald crabs

Corals
Devils Finger Leather
Closed Brain Coral
Starburst polyps (2 colors)
Yellow Colony Polyps
Pink and silver zoos
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:30 PM   #4
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Sounds like a normal turn of events for a new system. Take your time, you are doing fine.
I wouldn't add any cleaners until the nitrites go down and stay down. You could then start adding some snails and hermits to help with the cleaning.
The hard part is the waiting.
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:35 PM   #5
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Probly should have asked this first but what is an acceptable level of nitrites, zero?
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29gal.
65W Accentic 65W Daylight PC
Aquaclear 150 HOB Filter (soon to be upgraded to a 15gal refugeum)
Seaclone 100 Protein Skimmer
20 lbs Live Sand ~2in SB
35 lbs Live Rock ~ (wanting to have about 45lbs when done)
1 yellow watchman goby
1 saddle back clown that hosts my condy
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
hermits and snails
2 emerald crabs

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Old 10-18-2004, 02:39 PM   #6
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Yes, nitrites and ammonia have to be 0. Either one can eventually kill your livestock at detectable levels.
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:39 PM   #7
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Nitrites should always be at 0. Nirtrites are just as bad for the fish as Ammonia.

Also as Qshark mentioned above, the diatoms are a part of New Tank Syndrom. You can wipe it if you want to, but it will go away over time on it's on.
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Old 10-18-2004, 03:47 PM   #8
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What are the best ways to keep nitrites at zero for future reference.
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29gal.
65W Accentic 65W Daylight PC
Aquaclear 150 HOB Filter (soon to be upgraded to a 15gal refugeum)
Seaclone 100 Protein Skimmer
20 lbs Live Sand ~2in SB
35 lbs Live Rock ~ (wanting to have about 45lbs when done)
1 yellow watchman goby
1 saddle back clown that hosts my condy
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
hermits and snails
2 emerald crabs

Corals
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Closed Brain Coral
Starburst polyps (2 colors)
Yellow Colony Polyps
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bio filters (live rock, bioballs, whatever) turn ammonia into nitrite and then nitrite into nitrate. if you have nitrites, but no ammonia, wait a while and it will all convert into nitrate. it's then much safer for fish. inverts are pickier when it comes to nitrates, though, so you may have to pay attention to the next (and last) step in the cycle, which is the conversion of nitrate to nitrogen gas, which bubbles off and goes away.
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Will adding carbon to my HOB filter help this process or hurt it. Also what are some good plans for a bio filter for my tank. It is a 29g. I have also purchased a seaclone 100 protein skimmer. Dont know much about it though. It was the most reasonably priced skimmer at my LFS. Any comments on it.
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29gal.
65W Accentic 65W Daylight PC
Aquaclear 150 HOB Filter (soon to be upgraded to a 15gal refugeum)
Seaclone 100 Protein Skimmer
20 lbs Live Sand ~2in SB
35 lbs Live Rock ~ (wanting to have about 45lbs when done)
1 yellow watchman goby
1 saddle back clown that hosts my condy
1 cleaner shrimp
1 peppermint shrimp
hermits and snails
2 emerald crabs

Corals
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Closed Brain Coral
Starburst polyps (2 colors)
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