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Old 05-22-2006, 05:17 PM   #1
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Water test after fish in tank over a week.
sg 1.023
ph 8.5
nitrate 0
nitrate 0
amminoa 0.3
po4 0.5
cal 420
kh 150
iron 0

In tank 55 gal
2 perc. Clownfish
1 Three Stripe Damselfish
1 Blue Damselfish
3 mexi hermits
1 Serpent Sea Star

I guess its time for my first pwc ?
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Yes do a pwc, how long has the tank been going?

If truly reading amonia I would guess cycle may not be done or you added to many fish at one time. Amonia should be 0 and Nitrate should be elevated slightly if anything.

Do 10-15 gallon PWC and continue to monitor. Have more SW mixed and ready.

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I do weekly PWC with good results.
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why are you testing for iron? are you using well water?
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Did you cycle the tank first? Did you add all the fish at once?
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choupic tank cycle post is here and his tank was cycled prior to adding fish.
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Whats the best way to store the wate for weekly water changes. In a garbage can with power head and heater.
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I don't recommend garbage cans because many have been internally coated with an anti-mildew spray.

Rubbermaid tubs/totes are a good choice though. Powerhead (or 2, if large volume), cheap glass floating thermometer and heater is all that is needed after that.

Still wondering why you're testing for iron.
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I dont know why he does but I add iron to my tank for my calerpa. It helps it to grow faster. I have three growing tangs to feed. I have my LFS to test once a month. I`m just wondering if he`s testing for the same thing.
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Only tested iron because it was in the kit. Wasn't aware not to worry about iron level. I still very new to this.
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