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Old 07-10-2013, 07:57 PM   #91
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You should mail it to me just to be safe Post a pic if you can it helps a lot
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:28 PM   #92
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You should mail it to me just to be safe Post a pic if you can it helps a lot
HA!! Yeah, let's see it!
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:01 AM   #93
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Here it is! Must have come in on the live rock. I looked at the calendar today.....I've only had water in the tank for 19 days ..... Can't be long enough to grow my own critter
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:03 AM   #94
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Looks like a sponge of some sort.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:03 PM   #95
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I really think I am cycled, although I still can't believe it. My tank has only been running for 20 days now.

Readings for 3rd day in a row are:
ammonia=0
Trites=0
Trates=80-160 (hard to tell for sure which color)

ph is a little low though=8.0 to 8.2 What is the best way to raise it?
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I really think I am cycled, although I still can't believe it. My tank has only been running for 20 days now.

Readings for 3rd day in a row are:
ammonia=0
Trites=0
Trates=80-160 (hard to tell for sure which color)

ph is a little low though=8.0 to 8.2 What is the best way to raise it?
How's your evap? Like are uou adding RODI a lot??

My pH was low when I got my tank & the previous owners were adding Distilled Water straight to the tank for evap. A few people said Don't just add plain RODI water to the tank, this will drop the pH. It's debatable but since I started just chucking a teensy bit of salt in my RODI water, not really changing the salinity just change the chemical composition of the water a smidge, my pH has come up nice. Plus just that major Nitrifying going on in your tank could be dropping your pH & your tank is telling you it needs a water change to restore the buffers. HTH!!
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #97
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You probably need more gas exchange / surface agitation. Point some power heads at the surface of your tank.
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You probably need more gas exchange / surface agitation. Point some power heads at the surface of your tank.
+1 yes, this also!
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:49 PM   #99
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So many questions!

Water: I am adding to water from the grocery store dispenser. "Glacier" is the brand. I can't tell from reading if it is also distilled , but it hoes through a 7 step precess. I drove to every pet store and grocery dtore in town snd this looks like the best option other than 1 gallon jugs if distilled water off the gricery store shelf. The only other sources from the big machines are the " primo" brand dispensers that have minerals added and they are $13 per 5 gal jug! I think that the minerals are a no- no?

When I top off for the evaporation I have been putting the glacier water in the sump. No salt. I did add salt once because my salinity was low. Now it is up where it should be. So every few days I just top it off to make sure my pump stays covered

Power heads: I've only got one at opposite end of tank from where the water comes in. I have those 2 black nozzles pointed at different areas of the tank (what is that black nozzle thing that returns the water called anyway?). Do I need another power head? I've got another smaller one in my box of extra stuff.

Dead space : what do I do with the back corner of the tank where the black plastic box is ... (Pipes are inside) And what is that thing called?! I tried to put some live rock in the area yet still keep room for fish to swim back there if they want to. But I'm guessing there's not much flow back there

Next steps: near complete water change this weekend to get rid of trates? Maybe a fish? I've got to make the 100 mile trek to the semi local fish store to buy light bulbs. Can I bring back a fish assuming I get the nitrates taken care of?
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I wouldn't do more than 50% water change at a time.

In your circumstances you really need to invest in a rodi unit. No knowing what is in the water you are getting. If they use copper tubing in their process it could be contaminating your tank for instance.
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