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Old 04-04-2008, 07:52 PM   #11
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Hey JWS, havent heard from you here in a few days whats the word on the tank?
Also wanted to add I do what ziggy does however over an hour or so for fish and 2 or better for corals. I float the whole time changing out 10-20% water every 15-20min. Always dumping the bag water. I havent lost one yet.
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That's just too much work for me! LOL!
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Old 04-05-2008, 05:43 PM   #13
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It's not that bad really...If I have to drip acclimate something, say it came from SG 1.019 and I have to bring it up to my 1.025 then I will use a 5g bucket and let the bucket fill using the drip method. I usually have to put a heater in the water to keep it from getting too cold. I only do that with corals and inverts. I haven't dripped a fish in a long long time.

My suggestion is to follow what ever instructions you are given from your LFS or online vendor to maintain the guarantee they provide.
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I have my drip bucket under my 125 with my MH ballasts so they stay nice and warm.
That is a good point, go with what the vendor recommends (unless they say just dump it in).
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:27 PM   #15
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My tests have been great for over 2 weeks now, so I added two damsels, chromus and chrysiptera. They are doing fantastic. Corals are doing great, and I have added two more turbo snail, no more casualities yet! I think everything is cycled, its been almost 6 weeks.

The salt water I have is premixed from my dealer, and I test it before I add anything. So far no problems, and the salinity is about .024.

I do have one question. I am going to add my clowns this week, so I should remove the damsels, correct. They are too aggressive for clowns, right?

Thanks for all the help. I am getting pretty excited to bring some more corals, etc and get the ball rolling. I know it's a long process...
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Three damsels and a chromis, in my opinion, is too much fish for a 24g. I'm guessing if you added those four fish all at once, you're going to see another mini cycle as your bacteria tries to catch up. In that small of a tank (and with only 15 lbs of live rock), I'd only add one fish at a time. Unless of course you're talking about a mated pair of clowns, in which case I'd be watching for an ammonia spike.

Yes... I'd take out all the damsels. The chromis can probably stay as they're pretty docile. Not sure why you added the damsels in the first place if you didn't have any intention of keeping them. LFS recommendation to cycle the tank?
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Sorry for the confusion, but I only have two damsels now, one being a chromus. I added them after I lost the clowns because they were very inexpensive and I wanted to see if they would survive. My water has always tested great, with the exception of the day after the cleaner shrimp died. I had a mini spike in nitrates which went away the next day. The two clowns I had never ate one bite from day one, so I'm pretty sure that is why they died. I also think I had red slime at the same time and didn't know what it was. I scraped it off but didn't remove it so maybe that caused the deaths.

I plan to keep the chromis, but bring the blue damsel to the pet store. Not gonna risk it. I should have the paired clowns this weekend. My dealer assures me that my water is great and I should have not problems whatsoever.
On a side note, I have had lots of other things growing. Looks like lots of feather duster worms, and some others I don't recognize. At one point, there were about a million tiny bugs crawling around inside the tank on the glass. They are gone since, but I was told that is a good thing.

Also, I have more like 25 lbs of live rock if I remember correctly. I was wrong the first time.

I know I sound uninformed to most of you, but I am trying to learn. Thanks for all the help so far!
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Ahhhhh... I see how I should've read that sentence now!

Sounds like you're doing good. But still be watchful after adding the two clowns! Having extra premade saltwater onhand is always a good thing!
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no tang. keep your damsels, they're pretty hardy...cheap. and just let them chill for a little bit. do clowns in about a month I would say. but take it slow...
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Another question...

I have the Sunpod 24 hr hqi lights. Here is what I've been running so far...

4 pm - 11 pm - Metal Halide
11 pm - 7 am - Blue LED
7 am - 4 pm - White LED

There is about 30 mins of overlap each time they change. Does this sound about right?
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