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Old 01-17-2012, 09:45 PM   #271
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Update and questions:

Today I put in the rock from LA (45 lbs), and I really like the quick rockscape I made. I will post pictures later. I also added the water from the garbage bin my LR was in. Is it normal for this water (from the garbage bin) to be yellowish? Also, I was wondering how you all would recommend cycling and what I would need for it.

Hopefully tomorrow I will have all of the equipment running and I will add some LR from my 55g.

I was also looking at some corals on LA, and I found some I really like, I will get around to posting those eventually, lol.

I also wanted to know how often I should do PWCs. I have had the LR in the garbage bin since Thurs, and didn't change the water. Should I be changing the water in the 125g soon?
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I wouldn't do a water change until the cycle is complete. The water is a slight yellow probably because their was some die off in shipping times. As far as cycling- its preference. Some people use a dead table shrimp while others use pure ammonia from the hardware store. Either way- when you can see that all the ammonia dissipates into nitrates in a 24 hour period the cycle is complete. But just to be sure- get the ammonia back up to 4.0 and make sure it can do it again. During cycle- leave your lights off- make sure your water is running with powerheads and cycled thru your sump. I'd recommend testing your water a few days after you introduce your ammonia source to keep tabs on it. Don't do a water change until your cycle is complete though or you will just prolong the process. That's why it's so important to not put fish in a cycling tank (that and it's torture to the fish).
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:33 PM   #272
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I wouldn't do a water change until the cycle is complete. The water is a slight yellow probably because their was some die off in shipping times. As far as cycling- its preference. Some people use a dead table shrimp while others use pure ammonia from the hardware store. Either way- when you can see that all the ammonia dissipates into nitrates in a 24 hour period the cycle is complete. But just to be sure- get the ammonia back up to 4.0 and make sure it can do it again. During cycle- leave your lights off- make sure your water is running with powerheads and cycled thru your sump. I'd recommend testing your water a few days after you introduce your ammonia source to keep tabs on it. Don't do a water change until your cycle is complete though or you will just prolong the process. That's why it's so important to not put fish in a cycling tank (that and it's torture to the fish).
Thanks for the pointers!
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Here are the promised pictures.
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I wouldn't do a water change until the cycle is complete. The water is a slight yellow probably because their was some die off in shipping times. As far as cycling- its preference. Some people use a dead table shrimp while others use pure ammonia from the hardware store. Either way- when you can see that all the ammonia dissipates into nitrates in a 24 hour period the cycle is complete. But just to be sure- get the ammonia back up to 4.0 and make sure it can do it again. During cycle- leave your lights off- make sure your water is running with powerheads and cycled thru your sump. I'd recommend testing your water a few days after you introduce your ammonia source to keep tabs on it. Don't do a water change until your cycle is complete though or you will just prolong the process. That's why it's so important to not put fish in a cycling tank (that and it's torture to the fish).

Is there anything I should be wary of when purchasing ammonia? Is there a kind with chemicals that I am not supposed to use? Thanks.



Also in other news; I got some more sand today. I hope to setup the sump, and hopefully add some ammonia tomorrow.

Thank you everyone for following! I really appreciate it a lot!
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pure ammonia from ace hardware seems to be the best deal and most common that i read about on here.

glad your coming along.
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pure ammonia from ace hardware seems to be the best deal and most common that i read about on here.

glad your coming along.
Great, thanks for the advice. I am glad I am getting there too! I hope to have some fish swimming in here sometime in February.
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like wise. and ive enjoyed following along and learning new things as it goes.
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