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Old 12-07-2003, 03:09 PM   #1
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One week Old Tank What Do You Think

I started a 65 gallon tank one week ago. I used live sand and about midweek added about 20 pounds of live base rock. Here are the chemistry results today.

ammonia .5
nitrate 0
Nitrite 0
Ph 9
Salinity 1.021

A local shop said to replace about 10 gallons to help Ph.

Any other thoughts as to how things are going and what if anything I need to be doing?
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Are there fish in the tank? Or are you doing a fishless cycle?
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Old 12-07-2003, 05:26 PM   #3
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During the cycle your PH can fluxuate a bit more than normal.

I would wait till your ammonia was down to 0.0 before doing a water change. When you do the first water change make it a fairly significant one. Maybe 50%.
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I kept a log during my cycle so I would know exactly where I was. It is very helpful to look back on. ( I still keep a log) I checked my levels every 2 days during the cycle and every 1 week now. My tank cycled very fast and because I kept a log I never questioned it. 8O
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im starting a tank to how much live rock do u recomend
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Old 12-08-2003, 06:02 AM   #7
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Live Rock

Hi,

I big is your tank? and what type of tank are you going to put up? Do you have Fishes? Is your water level low? I would use 50 lbs to start with for a small tank (30-55). It always depends how high you want to go. Remember 50 lbs of live rock will rise the water level higher!


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It depends on your system. Do you have any other kind of filtration? Do you want to go with live sand? The general rule is 1-2# per gallon of tank. I chose to go with a little over one pound per gallon because 2 pounds per gallon takes up a lot of tank space. Some of it a personal preference.
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