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Old 05-15-2006, 12:53 AM   #11
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Ok, sorry for not posting any sooner, been pretty busy with stuff lately and just finally got the testing kit yesterday

Here's what I've currently show:

Nitrate: 40
Nitrite: 10.0
Alkalinity: 300+ (blue)
pH: 8.8?
Temp: ~78
Salinity: 1.025 outside of water or between 1.024 and 1.025 when submerged (hydrometer w/swinging arm thingy)

Ok, so it looks like Nitrite and Nitrates are a little high?? What is needed to lower it? I'm guessing a PWC is in order...

Here's a few pics that I took yesterday as well:

This is the current setup... what you see is basically what i've got



Here's a close up of the 'stuff' in question:



Zoomed into see sand as well (top layer live sand bottom layer crushed coral?)



(worthless??) Shot from the Upper left side, and down into the tank:


Currently in talks to possibly acquire some Live Rock and maybe other equiptment

Thanks for the link demodiki, I'll keep that in mind

Elzool, thanks for the offer, but I'm located in Huskerland (NE) Might be interested in it though
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Old 05-15-2006, 12:22 PM   #12
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I did the same thing w/the CC under the sand. The first time you clean the CC, the sand will sink to the bottom and the CC will be on top....You will have to clean the CC. I am removeing most of my CC right now....kinda of a pain with critters and LR in the tank. I only have a little section left. Just a little of my experience.....
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Old 05-18-2006, 12:50 PM   #13
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Is there any critters that will clean the crushed coral?

Our tank has been running for about a month or so now, and was wondering if we are nearing the end of the cycling process?

Here are the stats compiled last night
Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 30
Nitrite: 5.0
Alkalinity: 300+ (blue)
pH: 8.4?
Temp: ~80
Salinity: 1.025 outside of water or between 1.024 and 1.025 when submerged (hydrometer w/swinging arm thingy)

After doing the test, I fished out the chunks of shrimp that were left in there when it was started... The chunks were pretty slimey

I visited the LFS and got myself a MaxiJet 1200 to get some flow going. What are we needing to do to get the 'stuff' on the bottom cleaned up and also to clear up the cloudy water? any critters we should get?

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Edit: I forgot to mention that there are a couple green spots that have started to show up on the sand. Is this a different algae or maybe mold from the rotting shrimp??
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Edit: I forgot to mention that there are a couple green spots that have started to show up on the sand. Is this a different algae or maybe mold from the rotting shrimp??
It is probably the brown algae "converting" to green...not sure how to really exlpain it....
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Interesting. Well, I turned off my lights last night to see if it helps in slowing down the algae stuff until we get more critters in there.

To fix cloudy water, we do a PWC right?
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To fix cloudy water, we do a PWC right?
Not until your cycle is complete i.e. 0 nh3/no2. Till then the easiest way to clear a cloudy tank is to use GAC in your HOB.
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Thanks, I just got some the other day. It is still a little cloudy. I guess it'll take a while to get cleaned up then.
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