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Old 08-27-2004, 10:34 AM   #11
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No ned tobe nervous, just slow down a bit. I wold get a reliable test kit of your own so you can test yourself. Give your tanks some more time. Skip the bio-spira and spend the money on live rock instead. Go slow and let the tank cycle naturally. Good luck...Lando
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Old 08-27-2004, 01:35 PM   #12
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Keitech, is there a LFS you can go to instead of Petsmart? Pet stores in general are not known for their great advice to new SW keepers, and the problem with a place like Petsmart is that a lot of their employees are just kids with no special experience or interest in fish. You might get someone knowledgeable, but more than likely you won't. If you can make the drive up to Sac, Paradise Aquarium could really help you out--the guy who owns it has the same philosophy as most of the people on this board. (He told me to DIY my sump instead of trying to sell me a $400 setup like everyone else.)

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Petsmart told you to throw 13 fish and a bag of biospira in your tank? That should be a crime. Bio spyra will not do the job. I tried a bag in a 40 gallon qt tank and it didn't kick in a cycle, doubt if it will in a 100 gallon.
Nitrate is not your enemy right now, ammonia and nitrite is what is killing you animals.
I would take blorkiemom's advise and check out that other lfs. Maybe they would take the fish and give you the credit towards some live rock so you can start over and do it right. A good LFS would be invaluable to you right now.
Much good advise above and we will continue to help, but it is time for damage control. Did you try contacting blorkiemom's store ? Maybe another LFS, anyone but petsmart.
Don't worry, we'll get ya set straight. Keep posting questions.
Couple of links that will help guide you.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=15
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/estbiofiltmar.htm
Make sure you read the FAQ's on the second link, much info there.
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Old 08-29-2004, 02:37 PM   #15
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Keitech, update? How are the fish doing?
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1 peppermint shrimp and 1 fire shrimp (very shy)
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