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Old 03-04-2014, 01:20 PM   #91
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You don't really need carbon from the start .
IMO .
Do you have a sump ?
I really don't know anything about your system to say it's good or not .
I use a canister on my 75 reef and it hasn't given me any problems .
Canisters are known to be nitrate factories .
Trapping them .
Mine has only filter floss that I wash every Saturday .
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:05 PM   #92
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You don't really need carbon from the start .
IMO .
Do you have a sump ?
I really don't know anything about your system to say it's good or not .
I use a canister on my 75 reef and it hasn't given me any problems .
Canisters are known to be nitrate factories .
Trapping them .
Mine has only filter floss that I wash every Saturday .

Yea I have a sump but I know that carbon takes out phosphates and makes the water like crystal clear. So I wanted to run my canister filter which also can hold carbon instead of the floss so I wanted to use the carbon just as extra.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:11 PM   #93
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Ok so I finally have it somewhat clear. No mud floating and still just a little cloudy white. I put a raw shrimp in for two day then cut one up and left it in there for an extra day and there were some pieces that fell off that I left in there also uses bio spira and have 15 pounds of live rock from my LFS.

Parameters were at
Ammonia -1.0 / 2.0
Nitrites - 1.0 / 2.0
Nitrates - .50
It's hard to tell what color matches from the chart to the liquid. I think it's just me Bc everybody else seems to have some good luck with it. Not sure
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:13 PM   #94
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Sorry I meant 5.0 for the nitrates
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:04 AM   #95
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Woke up to the tank be almost completely clear it's lookin a whole lot nicer.
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Also I have my refugium mud in my refugium and I have no Idea really what seeding the refugium is?
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:25 PM   #97
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Can anybody please help? This doesn't seen right...I'm 4 days into cycle and I have ammonia that isn't super high I have nitrites and nitrates...aren't you suppose to have one at a time while one goes up then down the next would be going up as the others going down right?

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Not necessarily. Just wait it out and everything will fall into place.
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Not necessarily. Just wait it out and everything will fall into place.

Yea I hope so
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So I have a question. Once my ammonia and nitrites go down to 0 do a big water change and check for nitrates and if at 0 I'm good for fish?
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