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Old 11-30-2010, 08:26 PM   #11
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i bought a marine test kit... ammonia was at 0 when i tested it and then gradually went to .25-.50.. how can i bring it down? ... pH level is @ 7.8-8.0 .. how can i get it to 8.2?
You need to let the tank cycle, that will take care of the ammonia. pH will be out of whack until the cycle is done. Worry about that later, cycle the tank first.
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some say let it be and have the cloudiness clear itself over time. do i have to do PWC any time soon or how soon should i do it?
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u need to test for nitrite and nitrate....i believe u have had read all the articles related to this hobby....when u saw your ammonia reading is 0 and spikes in nitrate, then u will have to do PWC...about the cloudiness water, let it be...it will clear sooner depends on your filter type....
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it should clear up in a couple days. you are cycling the tank now- you don't want to do a water change at this time. you want to see ammonia. it's going to come down on it's own. the PH is fine. just let the tank do it's thing and wait.
i think you are going to need more live rock though. i would use about 40-50 pounds for a tank that size.

btw, that substrate looks like some pretty large granules. you might have some maintenance with it. is that that top fin gravel you bought?
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i think you are going to need more live rock though. i would use about 40-50 pounds for a tank that size.

btw, that substrate looks like some pretty large granules. you might have some maintenance with it. is that that top fin gravel you bought?
i was thinking about getting more live rock later on. its ok to add it later just as long as its cured? ... the LFS had live rock for $10 per pound. .. i didn't want to spend more than 40-50 that day on live rock...

yup its the top fin gravel i bought... i'm willing to do the maintenance for the gravel.
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and when i bought the live rock i picked it out of a tank that contained fish already. was that a good idea? .. they also had rock in a tank all by itself.
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then you'll have to vacuum the gravel regularly, and you won't be able to purchase any sand dwellers, since you'll have no food for them. that gravel is meant for fresh water applications.

sure you can add rock a little at a time, but i wouldn't trust the lfs that it is truly cured. (awful expensive for rock too!) generally what i see stores do is have a bin for their rock. they sell it off a little at a time and since it's sat in this tank for a month or more, they call it cured, however, they are regularly adding new shipments of rock to these holding tanks that's uncured. unless they have separate, heated systems for cured rock and new rock, and they have some procedure as to not mix the two ...i would be cautious and expect all rock to be uncured.
is this a regular thing, pulling rock from that tank with the fish in it?
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ok .. i just added 10lbs of live rock so in total i have about 18-20 pounds. i will be adding more within the week . hoping to get about 40lbs like you recommended mr_X. my ph is at 8.0-8.2 ... nitrate and nitrite are both at 0 ... ammonia is at 1ppm.. what should i do next? any PWC?
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juz wait and lets the nature do their work....i would at more LR while at a stage of cycle because when u add LR after finish the cycle, as Mr X mentioned that the LR might not be cured LR...this will results mini cycle for your tank.....JMO.....
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detectable ammonia means you are in the beginning of the cycle. the water is toxic at this point. abdhalim said it right- sit and wait.
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