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Old 10-31-2012, 03:27 AM   #271
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I've never done a water change after cycling
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:33 AM   #272
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Dreamsound, doing a pwc and skimming are the only ways I know of removing nitrates. If not removed, they will build up...

Excited for you. You've come a long way and glad you didn't give up! Enjoy the fish and inverts when you get them. Def. want to see pictures when you get them.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:35 AM   #273
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:41 AM   #274
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Yes a skimmer removes the waste that would otherwise decompose and turn eventually into nitrates, but doing say a 50% water change is going to be a faster way of removing a lot of the nitrates.
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Yeah I know and in a few days my tank is do for a water change
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:50 AM   #276
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Yeah I know and in a few days my tank is do for a water change
Great!
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:46 AM   #277
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I agreed that I will only get one angel and ditch the butterfly. I'm willing to give up the gramma for the wrasse I think. But if possible when I go to the lfs either tomorrow or Friday I'd like to get 2 ocell clowns, a bunch of snails and a bunch of hermits. Too much?
Reason i asked is imo you should get nitrates down as low as possible before adding fish because the nitrate will build up once added especially if you dont have fugi
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How big of a water change should I do? Normal 10% or like 50%?
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:39 PM   #279
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What's size tank do you have?
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:59 PM   #280
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Do a 50% change and recheck your trates. If they are anywhere below 20 you'll be fine for the clowns. I would wait a couple days for some (not all) of the CUC.
Your sump has room in the second section for a cheato ball. I would add that and a cheap desktop type CFL light with a clamp. That will consume nitrates.
A larger PWC is also an option.
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