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Old 11-25-2013, 12:09 PM   #31
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I keep ammonia at 4.0 ppm until a saw 5.0 of nitrites then I just dosed 5-10 for last 5 days except for Saturday until 0 ppm.
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I keep ammonia at 4.0 ppm until a saw 5.0 of nitrites then I just dosed 5-10 for last 5 days except for Saturday until 0 ppm.
That's odd. What test kit are you using?
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:07 PM   #34
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Are you shaking the nitrate bottle a lot? It should be shaken so if it isn't it might give you false readings.
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:27 PM   #35
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Are you shaking the nitrate bottle a lot? It should be shaken so if it isn't it might give you false readings.
Oscarr has a good point.I was getting no reading on my trates until I noticed I was doing the test wrong.I wasn't mixing the water after adding bottle 1 and I wasn't shaking bottle 2 before adding it to the tube.Now I get results for nitrates.
I love what you did with the aquascape!
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:32 PM   #36
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Thanks for the compliment on the aquascape and yeah I shake the bottles before and such. It was showing alot of Nitrates last week and then just dropped off so I dunno. I added 10 drops of ammonia yesterday and by today it was gone so I'm confident its cycled.
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Gratz on getting the tank cycled
I would go ahead and do the 20% water change prior to acclimating anything and adding it to the tank, just to be safer. Tank is looking a lot like mine with the brown ugly diatoms covering it! I just added my own CuC on Friday so you really are right behind me
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As long as ammonia and nitrite are at 0, you're good to go. Just keep up on water changes. Any idea what CUC you want?
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Something similar to Tmar's CUC which is:

5x blue legged hermit crab
1x red scarlet hermit crab
3x astrea snail
2x cerith snails
2x peppermint shrimp

So I didn't want to get all of that so I went and just got:

2x Nassarius Snails
2x Red Cortez Hermit Crabs
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Would this be good lighting for my corals?

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