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Old 03-06-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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Ok so when I first set up my tank 6 and a half weeks ago I put 5kg of live rock in there. I let that cycle for 6 weeks. 3 days ago I added another 7kg of rock. There is still no livestock in the tank. The day after I added the extra 7kg f rock I tested the water and got a result for 0.25 ammonia and 2 nitrates. Today I tested the water again being 3 days after the rock was added now all my waste levels are 0 do yous think that as the tank was cycled for 6 weeks before it could create a quick cycle. The new 7kg of rock are also from a tank that they have been cycling in previously to mine.
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It's possible if the ammonia disappeared that quickly that there is a bacteria colony present, but i would check for nitrite and nitrate, and if you want to add livestock, add it very slowly, like 1 fish a week, to give the bacteria colony time to grow to meet the demands of the bio load.
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:24 AM   #3
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I did check nitrite and nitrate and everything was at zero here are the results.
pH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate:0
Alkalinity: 8 dkh
Calcium: 400ppm
Salinity: 1.022
Temperature: constantly in a range of 25.0 - 25.2
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And there is a lot of copepods in the new rock that come out at night so I guess that is a good sign.
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I would raise the salinity up a bit, but otherwise, you may be ready for livestock.
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Yea but the corals like higher salinity and the fish like lower salinity so it's recommended that u keep it in the middle at 1.022-1.023
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That's not true, as far as I know. They all come from the same salinity. Stores keep the salinity lower to keep parasites at bay, but I would keep the salinity the same as their natural habitat.
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That's not true, as far as I know. They all come from the same salinity. Stores keep the salinity lower to keep parasites at bay, but I would keep the salinity the same as their natural habitat.
stores also do this bc it lowers the metabolism of the fish so they grow slower eat less therefore produce less waste
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I'd love to see some proof to back that up.
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I'd love to see some proof to back that up.
when i take marine bio next fall maybe I'll do an experiment to see if its true it was just something i was told when i worked at a fish store and i took my bosses word bc she has a degree it would be an interesting complex experiment with many variables maybe 2 many to provide a result
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