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Old 04-16-2007, 12:01 AM   #11
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Here are some pix of it as it sits right now...
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:18 AM   #12
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I'd take the shrimp out at this point. 3.0ppm ammonia is just dandy to get your cycle going. From my experience, if it goes too high it can slow the cycle down - but not harm anything. If you don't have a nitrite or nitrate test kit yet, now's the time to get it. After a week or two, you should see your nitrites start to go up. At the same time, or shortly after, your ammonia will start to decrease. After your nitrites have peaked and start coming down - or at least not going up anymore - you should start to see some nitrates. As far as you current water parameters go, nothing looks "nutty"... just normal for a cycling tank. Expect to see the pH vary a bit as the cycle continues.

Also... you don't really need the bubbler for a saltwater tank. Oxygen is absorbed at the surface, assuming you at least have some surface ripple going on. And with a HOB, you probably have enough surface ripple as it is. If you like the looks of it, cool - but you don't need it.
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I agree with Kurt. I would take out the airstones, you don't need them and will probably end up constantly getting clogged.
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Old 04-16-2007, 11:19 AM   #14
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I really like the airstones so I am going to leave them in for the moment. If they get to be high maintnance I will figure something else out. If I take off the HOB filter then I have no filter at all hooked up..???
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You can get away without a filter, if you have about 1.5-2 Lbs of rock per gallon and a skimmer. I have a canister filter on my 55G, just to run purigen.
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Hmm - Guess I should really look into getting a skimmer then. The only skimmer setup I have ever scene was at the LFS and it was this huge nasty bubling thing on the side of the tank. Can it be hidden? Where can I find pictures of small tanks with skimmers?
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I don't have a skimmer for my 125 yet, so I am no help there. I believe Bak-pac makes a HOB skimmer. I know austinsdad has one or two used ones, he is trying to get rid of. You may want to PM him.
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Here are my test results as of last night

temp - 74
SG - 1.0215 (ppt 29)
pH - 8.3
NH3 - 2.0 ppm
NO2 - 1.0 ppm
NO3 - 10 ppm
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Looking good.
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