So i decided to get into saltwater after doing well with Freshwather.
I've done a lot of reseach on saltwater so i think i go the basics down. Here's where i have so far.
I setup the tank on 7/3/09. 90 Gallon take with overflow in it.
Wetdry filter with a Rio power head.
100 pounds of uncured rock. (I did a great job cleaning them as best as i could).
I want the tank to cycle with the uncured rock.
it's been 17 days since i started the tank. i've been doing water checks. My ammonia
was very high at the begining, but now it's down to almost zero. My nitrite
is at a peak and my nitrate
is at 80.
I will be putting in a aquac remora skimmer
on wednesday when it arrives. I also have a small 20 gallon tank powerhead
in the tank helping to circulate the uncured rock.
Current issues: i have a deep six hydrometer
and the suggested reading should be 1.022. when i first mixed the water as suggested by the salt intructions i got a reading of 1.016, but i didn't konw if the hydrometer was right. Once the tank was filled i added salt to get it to 1.022 which is where it is now. I went to the beach this weekend and i took some water back home to test it and i got the reading at 1.016 (i live in Long Island, NY). So i just ordered a refractometer
from ebay which i should be getting soon in order to figure out if the hydrometer is faulty, as i am getting a reading for 1.022 from my tank water, but 1.016 from beach water.
That's just one issues.
I've been reading about the nitrifying cycle and i found out that drastic temperature changes will affect the bacteria.
My apartment has no breeze and it's very hot compared to outside. i haven't cared much about it because i don't have fish in there yet. but the water temp has been as high as 84 degrees, and as low as 76 degrees, it was not been dramatic because it changes on it's own which means that the temperature changes very slowly.
Here are my questions:
Do i need do add powerheads to my tank setup? or is the wetdry with the rio pump enough?
Is the fact that the salidity could be 1.028, bad for the nitrifying cycle? and is the tempature at 83 degrees bad for the nitrifying cycle?
Since the rocks were not cured, but the ammonia is now at almost zero, but the Nitrite at a peak mean that the rocks are not cured yet? should i add some bacteria from the petstore in order to speed up the cycle process? or would that be useless if the rock is not cured yet.
oh and one last thing. I've been using tap water with stress coat and when i first mixed the saltwater i forgot to add the stress coat to the water before i added the salt (this happened with only about 15 gallons of the 90 gallons.
Also i have done two 15% water changes since 7/3/09.
I have not added the sand. I have 75 lbs of NOT live sand
taht i purchased from the pet store where i bought the tank from. I read somewhere that i should not add the sand until the rocks are cured, which means zero ammonia and nitrite.
THanks in advance.