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Old 02-19-2012, 09:12 PM   #11
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So I went with tap water this morning. If I can't get it right I can restart. But I just tested. After letting tank sit nitrates are at 30 trites at 2 and ph at 8. I don't have an ammonia tester yet so I'll have to get back
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:42 PM   #12
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Ok don't look down!

We will start there. You are beginning

So the most important thing is keep lights on for 8 hrs a day... Do the shrimp, get an ammonia test.

Get yourself a journal to keep organized
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #13
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Uf you are cycling I would say NO lights, not need to have algae from the very beginning.
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Oh

I was thinking the lights would help the process. Thanks for correcting Carey
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #15
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No worries. As long as possible is a great thing as far as the lighting. Once the corals start entering the tank you can't cut the lights so best to start as clean as possible.
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I agree with Carey Howard. You are off to a great start! Keep coming back to this thread and let us know how its going. Ok?
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So quick question....when I drain my tank 25 % that does take salt out. Right? I only top off the tank with salt when it evaporates. Also now that I have the sand and salt in there I have foam at the top edges of the tank. Is that normal
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So quick question....when I drain my tank 25 % that does take salt out. Right? I only top off the tank with salt when it evaporates. Also now that I have the sand and salt in there I have foam at the top edges of the tank. Is that normal
Yes, when you physically remove water from your tank you also remove salt since it is dissolved in the water. You need to top off with ro/di water for anything that evaporates as you only use pure water this way and no salt. If you top off with saltwater you will end up with a too high salinity. About the foam, not sure. Did you mix the saltwater in the tank? Also, did you add the stuff to remove chlorine from the tapwater?
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Yes I mixed the salt in tank and added the chlorine remover
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The chlorine remover can make the water foam do it is probably that. Have fun!!
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