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Old 05-21-2011, 09:31 PM   #11
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Just got the numbers of my first test nitrite where at 2.0 ppm now they are at 0 since I've add the old filter pad will be doing another test today add krill and brine shrimp last night
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:14 AM   #12
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yea, the old filter pad would explain the drop in nitrite since there are bacteria on it to eat it up.

A fuge is an area to grow macro algae. The macro algae would consume the nitrate which lowers it. Other methods is like dosing with vodka which creates chemical reactions to change nitrate to something else.
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No water changes no use of other methods just the filter pad so is it ok to add stuff
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:41 AM   #14
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Can you do a full water parameter test first? That way can be sure everything is OK to add stuff.
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Old 05-22-2011, 10:39 AM   #15
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Did a test
Ph 8.0
Nitrates 0
Nitrites 0
Ammonia 0
Spoke to my lfs they said all I have to do is to add something (maybe a blue/green chromis) to put some ammonia in the tank il wait a a few days got 5 hermit crabs 3 emerald crabs a few bristles worms and a little shrimp in there just feeding them flake krill and brime shrimp at the moment il run a few more test over the next few days
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First you are putting in fish that you will probably want out of your tank. Make sure your tank is cycled and then add the first fish you want in your tank the least aggressive and hardiest.

Nearly all the fish in the saltwater trade are wild caught. They are usually poisoned or darted to be caught IMO it is important to give the best start in our home aquariums possible. It is best to have a QT set up so you aren't introducing something in your tank that can wipe out the whole DT.
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Old 05-22-2011, 12:00 PM   #17
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Did a test
Ph 8.0
Nitrates 0
Nitrites 0
Ammonia 0
Spoke to my lfs they said all I have to do is to add something (maybe a blue/green chromis) to put some ammonia in the tank il wait a a few days got 5 hermit crabs 3 emerald crabs a few bristles worms and a little shrimp in there just feeding them flake krill and brime shrimp at the moment il run a few more test over the next few days
Don't listen to Ur Lfs! Don't LISTEN!

Y ain't u dosing up ur ammonia? If u don't have pure ammonia. Then add lots of fish food (20pellets) to let it decay into ammonia. If u don't. U are gonna kill all ur bacteria by starving them! And ur cycle will stall! So ya
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Joy this tank is going to be a coral tank with 2 or 3 peaceful fish in it and the blue green chromis has been at the lfs for about 3 months so he is healthy
If he is the first fish in the tank then who can he infect (that's if he is sick) the chromis are usually pretty hardy
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Hubert I have put alot of krill in the tank flake and brim shrimp over the last 2 days ty
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I personally wouldn't add the fish just for an ammonia source. It takes a little bit of time for the flake and brim shrimp to decompose so if you wait about 5-7 days and your levels are still good, I would say your cycled.
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