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Old 06-29-2011, 06:18 PM   #11
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Easy way to tell if the ammonia is really high or if the test was wrong. Smell the tank. High ammonia reeks of a low quality fish market. If you have high ammonia, you don't need to add any fish food until the ammonia goes down below 4 ppm.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:20 PM   #12
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are you asking how I added the sand or how anyone adds the sand? i just put it in there and poured saltwater in.
Hehehe well "you" cause if you trow the water to strong to the sand that will move the sand a lot and that will take some time to get clear.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:09 PM   #13
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Hehehe well "you" cause if you trow the water to strong to the sand that will move the sand a lot and that will take some time to get clear.
Hahaha yeah. I have found that out the hard way. I can tell though it's getting clearer. At first I couldn't see any thing but now I can see probably about 3-4 inches in.
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Easy way to tell if the ammonia is really high or if the test was wrong. Smell the tank. High ammonia reeks of a low quality fish market. If you have high ammonia, you don't need to add any fish food until the ammonia goes down below 4 ppm.
Haha yeah. I smelled it and it didn't really smell to terribly bad; Not anything that struck me as strange...I think I'm starting to understand the cycle. I'm going to the store later. What do you recommend that I get? I have a duel external power filter and a Coralife light. (super bright btw) I know I need more. "Just what" is the question.
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What is your budget on this tank? I strongly recommend some lights, at least a few Power Compacts. Also you will need a powerhead or two for flow.
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What is your budget on this tank? I strongly recommend some lights, at least a few Power Compacts. Also you will need a powerhead or two for flow.
I have invested about $400 dollars into this. I have around $250 left. I have a great light and I've looked at powerhead. What kind though?
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I have invested about $400 dollars into this. I have around $250 left. I have a great light and I've looked at powerhead. What kind though?
I like pretty much anything Hydor makes.
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I like pretty much anything Hydor makes.
Is this brand expensive and is it available at any lfs?
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Is this brand expensive and is it available at any lfs?
Not really. Yeah. Since you're on a budget(I sure am!) I would suggest trying to find a powerhead online so you get the best possible price. Just an idea.
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Not really. Yeah. Since you're on a budget(I sure am!) I would suggest trying to find a powerhead online so you get the best possible price. Just an idea.
Ok!! Thanks for the advice. My moms a HUGE eBayer so she can find me a good for a good price. (I'm 16, btw.) so how long should it take for my sand to settle and should I leave the filter running?
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