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Old 03-26-2011, 06:28 PM   #11
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So, my tank is no longer empty! I have a few green chromis, a royal gramma (thank you, Joy) and a fire shrimp. Carey, I liked your black and white clowns so much that I have my store on the lookout for me. Just waiting on the blenny, I like the canary one or a scooter, not sure which, but no good choices at the lfs today. Pic to follow when they stop hiding!
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:30 PM   #12
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Scooter blenny probably a bad idea, I believe they are as picky as mandarins, so I'd go with a canary cuz they're not too tough.
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Cool. Looking forward to seeing the new fish! I'm thinking royal gramma myself but I'm hearing aggression talk about him. :-(
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Tested water today, zero nitrates, ph 8.0, phosphates 0.25, calcium 360, zero ammonia. I don't have a spectrometer yet, so I don't know the salinity. Temp 77-78 degrees.
Quick question: I'm really only familiar with freshwater, but are you sure you should have 0 nitrates in a fully cycled tank, even with saltwater...?
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It's surprising......I'm not sure why that is, are you sure there was a cycle? Does you test kit work?
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Old 03-26-2011, 06:38 PM   #16
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Interesting catch....i didnt notice that. Either theres a test kit error, she is really really good with pwc's or theres a cycling issue. Maybe they are just really low.

My api kit doesnt register my nitrates but my red sea does cause it goes down to smaller amounts
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Wow, saltwater definitely seems more complicated than freshwater. o.o There doesn't seem to be much of a noticeable difference between no cycle and a completed cycle! Also, and this may sound stupid, if you don't want a noticeable level of nitrates in a SW, why do you cycle? I thought cycling was specifically for creating good bacteria, which registers as nitrates.
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But if there werent nitrates there would be ammonia and/or nitrites. Each tank has to build up a healthy colony so that the job gets done. Zero nitrates are possible but unlikely. There usually is some un detectable amount or else you would have ammonia and nitrite spikes. At least this is how i see it.

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Ohhh, good point... the ammonia would build up, I suppose. But that's only after you have fish in it...
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So, my tank is no longer empty! I have a few green chromis, a royal gramma (thank you, Joy) and a fire shrimp. Carey, I liked your black and white clowns so much that I have my store on the lookout for me. Just waiting on the blenny, I like the canary one or a scooter, not sure which, but no good choices at the lfs today. Pic to follow when they stop hiding!
The canary blenny isn't as hardy as a midas blenny, they look very similar but the midas looks like it is wearing eyeshadow and always smiling, that is how my sons friend describes mine. A scooter blenny isn't a good choice for most tanks since they need live food very few will eat prepared foods.

I really like your tank.
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