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Old 08-28-2012, 03:39 PM   #121
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so the coraline seems to be spreading at a nice pace but i'm in the middle of a diatom bloom now so there is a lot of pretty blown on the majority of my rocks. It should die down in a little while though so now to just wait it out.
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i think my cycle is completed now.

PH: 8.4
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 5 ppm

I have diatoms covering everything right now but the cerith and mexican turbo snails are helping with that.

I'm picking up the rest of my rock, sand, and equipment on saturday. Woohoo!
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That's awesome!! Congratulations!
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i think my cycle is completed now.

PH: 8.4
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrites: 0 ppm
Nitrates: 5 ppm

I have diatoms covering everything right now but the cerith and mexican turbo snails are helping with that.

I'm picking up the rest of my rock, sand, and equipment on saturday. Woohoo!
geez, what was that, like two weeks!?!? Congrats!
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:12 PM   #125
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Thanks guys!

On a side note, an observation that i've made, which probably comes as no surprise to most, is that filter socks are nitrate factories. my nitrates went from 20 down to 5 just by changing out one sock.
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Thanks guys!

On a side note, an observation that i've made, which probably comes as no surprise to most, is that filter socks are nitrate factories. my nitrates went from 20 down to 5 just by changing out one sock.
How often do you clean them? I clean mine either daily or every other so has never really been an issue for me.
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How often do you clean them? I clean mine either daily or every other so has never really been an issue for me.
Well my issue is probably that they were changed once since i started the tank. I'm going to start rotating 1 out every few days for now, more often if needed.
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Well my issue is probably that they were changed once since i started the tank. I'm going to start rotating 1 out every few days for now, more often if needed.
When you begin stocking and reach your full feeding schedule most CAN'T go more then a few days without their socks overflowing. What micron do you use?
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When you begin stocking and reach your full feeding schedule most CAN'T go more then a few days without their socks overflowing. What micron do you use?
200. I have a total of 4 socks to rotate with.
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Ya my mesh 200 clogs in about a day and a half after feeding my nylons last almost 3 days. I need to order some more though mine are beginning to see some wear after about 8 months : / ... If I were you I would try to get into the routine of swapping them out twice a week minimum. I tend to clean my socks about an hour after mag floating my glass to try and remove a lil extra algae from the system
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