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Old 03-16-2009, 03:46 PM   #41
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I think you can pick up your first fish today and keep the check the stability of the water for a month. YOu don't have to do the testing every day, but every 2-3 days should be good. If all levels are stable for a month and even after doing PWC and stuff, then your tank is ready to add the new inhabitants.
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Old 03-16-2009, 03:56 PM   #42
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Sounds good! WOOHOO!
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:22 PM   #43
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Just my thoughts, but if you are thinking a reef tank down the road, I'd do some massive water changes to get those nitrates down to nearly zero before adding livestock. Without any livestock in there, you will never find an easier time to do huge water changes and not risk stressing anything out. I mean... doing a 50% water change will immediately knock those nitrates down to 5ppm. Doing a 75% water change will knock it down to 2.5ppm. And with a reef, the lower the better.

10ppm is acceptable, but I guess I'd just try to get them as far down as possible while it's relatively easy.
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:32 PM   #44
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I thought about doing reef but with my hood and light setup I cant. mabey in about 6 months or so after I have had the tank a while and refilled my wallet, I will upgrade my hood and lights to support my reef dreams.

Also about the nitrates, I have the Ocean master test kit and the nitrate chip only goes as low as 10ppm. Now I would say my testing shows very littel color in my test water, the closest comparable reading was 10. I am going to pick up a API test kit today and verify all my numbers before picking up the fish.
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:00 AM   #45
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Just wanted to leave an update.
Ive had a couple clowns for about a week. here are a couple pics. I will wait about 3 more weeks before I get another fish. Probably a Goby.
I saw my ammonia rise slightly to .2 about three days ago and today it is back to Zero.
PH- 8.2
Ammonia- 0
Nitrite-0
Nitrate- 10
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Just curious... what is on the bottom of your tank? Looks like some type of mat?
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Argonite....
I guess the pic does make it look like a gym mat.
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What kind and how much lighting do you have on your tank? thanks
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it has 2 T8 - 18 Watt lamps.
I want to upgrade but the hood itself seriously limits my options. im currently researching what I can do.
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Argonite....
I guess the pic does make it look like a gym mat.
Yeah... it's just so perfectly smooth, and the color threw me off. Thanks!
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