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Old 02-28-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I am new to Saltwater aquariums, much like anyone else in this section I guess :P After looking around the forums I have decided to make a thread. I just want some confirmation that my tank is heading in the right direction in regards to water quality.

The tank is roughly 200L in volume and has 15kg of live rock in it. I understand now, that as a new tank it should not have had the live rock added yet. As this has already happened, I am told that it should be okay once the chemicals in the water even out.

The hardware in the tank is as follows:

- There are two circulation pumped (one at either end) <-- Oddly strong (Issue?)
- Heater (Reasonable size)
- Skimmer (Pretty Big)
- Light



Can someone let me know if this is on the right track? Each of the tests were performed roughly two days apart and the water is roughly 2 weeks old with a single 30% water cycle.

Thanks in advanced.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:22 AM   #2
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Are you doing fish less, or do you have fish in?
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Thanks for the reply, it is currently fish less.
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I don't know how to link a thread but go to freshwater getting started and there are good advice on fish less cycles, the cycle works the same for salt water. What are you using for an ammonia source?
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I think the ammonia is from the original fresh water? I'm not really sure if it is that, or some decay caused by the breaking down from some of the worms that were in the living rock.

Will the bacteria be able to convert that much ammonia or?
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Yes you want ammonia for the beginning of fish less cycle, if you can find that article it will tell you how to go about it. Or do a search online for fish less cycle. Mine went very smooth and my tank has been up with fish for a wk and a half. Took about 3-4 weeks to cycle. Also you should not be using tap water if you are use prime with it. you want rodi water. I would bare minimum use distiller water
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Yeah it is tap water, what do you refer to when you say prime?
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Prime is a water conditioner that neutralizes ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. Not sure how that would effect your cycle. I'm not an expert, I just answer the easy questions. Lol
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Stay away from tap water even if you are using prime or some other water conditioner. It will only cause you major problems down the road. Promise. Get a RO/DI unit. It should remove all contaminants in the water including chlorine.

Here is the link to the saltwater articles section. Excellent information. If you read all of these articles you will be well on your way to a successful tank.

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Ahhh right thanks that awesome info. So if I were to empty the tank out again, would one option be to go to the beach and collect actual seawater? Or what would you recommend? The RO/DI is any interesting idea, however I do not have the space around the tank other than the cupboard underneath.
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