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Old 02-11-2012, 12:08 PM   #11
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Old 03-04-2012, 09:53 AM   #12
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Aquarium is cycling nicely. I am shopping for a sump that will fit under this 54 gallon corner stand. Seems like the smallest sump I can find has a 21" x 8". I dont think I can fit that. I think I need an inch shaved off. Any suggestions for smaller sump?
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A custom design, or put it in the room behind the tank and run the pipes through the wall, if you are able.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:12 PM   #14
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My aquarium is through cycling (finally). Should I do a water change before I add my first fish?
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Definitely! Once your tank is done cycling, meaning you can drop 2ppm of ammo to 0ppm in 24 hours, you will still have high NITRATES. You will want to do a big 40-60% pwc to knock those down to <10ppm or as close to 0 as possible. Then you can put in a hardy fish like a clown, and continue to test to see how your tank is handling the bio-load. If it does okay, wait 3-4 weeks, and try and add another fish.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:07 PM   #16
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The tank is doing great. I have 2 fish in the aquarium. It is day #4 and my Nitrites, Nitrates and Ammonia are still at 0. I am getting ready to go out of town next week for only 2 nights. With my fresh water aquarium, I never worry about the fish going a couple of days without food. Should I worry about my salt water fish not eating for 2 days? I could have the neighbor come and feed them if necessary. Thanks for your help!
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The fish will be fine without food for a couple days.
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If I had corals in my tank, which hopefully I will one day, would it be ok to skip a couple of days without feeding?
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If I had corals in my tank, which hopefully I will one day, would it be ok to skip a couple of days without feeding?
Yes. The main issue when going out of town is evaporation not food. Just make sure your ATO will handle the time you are going to be gone. I have left my tank for a week before but I have a lot of automation with ATO and 2 part dosing my RKE makes sure everything stay in line. If you are going to be gone for longer that a week I would get someone to feed or set up something with food and a dosing pump.
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I have started to get a coating of brown algae like stuff on my rocks. I have kept it cleaned off the back glass. Is this normal? How do you get rid of it? My Nitrates, Nitrites and Ammonia are all still at Zero.
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