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Old 11-06-2005, 07:20 PM   #11
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Bought an Aquarium Pharmacuticals phosphate test kit.

Indicates 0ppm

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Old 11-06-2005, 07:22 PM   #12
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Old 11-06-2005, 09:04 PM   #13
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sorry, my post did not go through for some reason.

i was wondering if you had done water changes during this period and about your phos reading.i bought a 55 from this guy and ive been fighting high nitrate and phos for 3 months.25% water changes once a week and phos gaurd changed regularly.6 months is crazy to have no nitrate and phos. are your test old?
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Old 11-07-2005, 12:53 AM   #14
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well the Red Sea Master kit is about 1 year old.. I just bought the phos kit today but I guess it could have been in the store for a while...

I'll see if I can take a sample or two up to the LFS and see what they come up with..

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Old 11-07-2005, 01:16 AM   #15
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Got my skimmer going tonight also. Soaked it in a bit of vinegar and water and brushed all the gunk out. Had to take the impellar out from the Mag3 and clean it up too. It was causing a bad vibration at first.

I have not had good luck with this skimmer. I have yet to see any skimate like I have seen in pictures. It mostly produces cloudy water and if I adjust the collection cup up a bit it stops skimming all together. Then I push it back down and the cup is full of water the next day. I only move it a bit. I've cleaned the spray injector also. Not sure what to do. We will see what happens on this new go round.

I've also got some saltwater mixing and bringing it up to temp.. I'll be doing several water changes over the next week or two.

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Old 11-07-2005, 01:24 AM   #16
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Maybe the skimmer is broken???Maybe you should get a new one, also about the mantis shrimp, you should take it out and keep it somewhere else if you intend to keep other marine life.
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Yeah I'm plannin on makin some big changes which most likely includes adding a sump/fuge and when I do that I am going to get a skimmer that will work in the sump.

Dang mantis. Its funny cause when I got the live rock he was in the bottem of the box and I had no idea he was a bad critter so I picked him up and threw him into the tank. If I had only known!

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Yeah, they are very hard to take out of the tank, you might have to take down ur whole aquascape!!Well, there is a fuge called the Aquafuge CP that has a built in Bak-Pak Protein Skimmer and can hold macroalgae,mangroves,and other stuff you put in a fuge.HTH!!Good Luck
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I would have **** my pants if I picked up a mantis. BTW if you find him, I will gladly take him if he is any spearer type or if he is a peacock smasher.
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I would start with taking the mantis out and doing water changes. Run the lights 8-10 hours to get some algae growing for the urchins to eat. Put timers on the lights so you don't have to turn them on and off.
Skimmer you want a dry skimmate so leave it up where your not getting much foam, over time it will collect in the cup it does not happen right away. And if your tank has not been fed, no fish no light then there probably is not much to skim out.
No food, no fish so having no PO4 is great, nothing wrong with the kit, you said you are using ro/di for top off so that is great. Just check the top off water for nitrates and PO4 to see if the filters went bad.
If your not going to take the hobby sersiously then I suggest you save yourself some money and take the tank down before you get fish. I hope your willing to put in 20 min a day for feeding, top offs and glass cleaning and a few hours a month for water changes.
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