Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-26-2010, 11:47 PM   #31
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Cookies N Punch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 75
Alright so UPDATE.

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0

Its been 17 days. Im pretty sure my cycle is done. I even saw little microscopic white dots swimming around this morning. I dont know what they are or how they got there, maybe someone could answer that. So I took a sample of my water to my LFS and had them test it, and if it passed I was going to buy some fish and some more LR. So everything was good and I wanted to get either domino damsels or striped damsels but theyre not good with other species so I bought 3 3/4 inch long green chromis. Theyre pretty cool. After acclimating them for about 30 mins, they started swimming around together and eating those white dots that were swimming around and were fine. I had to go to work so I was hoping they would be okay by the time I got back. I just got home from work and they now seem like they are a lot more comfortable. They are spread out and eating algae off of the LR besides 1. 1 was up by the surface by my filter staying still which kinda worries me. I then fed them some brine shrimp hoping it would bring the 1 up top down, but it didnt, the others were having a field day though. Whats an ideal time to feed fish? I usually work everyday from 4-9/10 pm so I would have to either feed them before or after. What should I do for feeding? Also I have my light timed to come on at 9 am and go off at 9 pm, but the sun rises at 6 am and sets around 6 pm so I figured I would give them a little light before just going from light to pitch black. But then after being in the dark for a while is it okay to turn the lights on in my room? How does that effect them? Should I not? Overall they seem very happy and okay. Ill take some pictures tomorrow of them and the LR set up.
__________________

__________________
Cookies N Punch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 12:07 AM   #32
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mitchell0605's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wollongong Australia
Posts: 2,757
Once a day before you go to work is fine. Also try and get some mysis shrimp or make sure that the brine shrimp you are feeding is vitamin enriched because if brine shrimp isn't it has the nutritional value of cotton candy.
I'd let them settle if for a few days then see if they are the same, the one up top will come round. Also those little white things would have been coepods.
__________________

__________________
~ Mitch

Follow my 6G Pico build!
Mitchell0605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2010, 07:38 PM   #33
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Cookies N Punch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 75
Theyre definitely a lot more active and comfortable now. Theyre munching on the copepods and swimming around. Questions....

When should I do my first water change? How often?
Im really interested in shrimp, how much longer should I wait til I can get one without hurting the bio load? Which one? Im thinking of the scarlet cleaner.
When I feed them, i feel like they could eat forever, but i know its bad to over feed so ive been only giving them enough to where it takes about 2 minutes for them to eat all the brine. How do I know if im over feeding them or not enough?
Im noticing my sand is starting to have some brown areas. Algae? Normal?
I noticed a small snail (1/8 of an inch long) on the LR I just purchased. Is he okay to stay?
What other inverts could I get in the future that will be okay with the chromis and the shrimp?

Heres some pics....




__________________
Cookies N Punch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 01:36 AM   #34
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mitchell0605's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wollongong Australia
Posts: 2,757
Awesome. Looks good.
__________________
~ Mitch

Follow my 6G Pico build!
Mitchell0605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 04:03 PM   #35
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
First, you should have done the first PWC before you got your fish. Then you could have done a very large waterchange (50%) without worrying about the fish. It seems that you are doing the correct amount as far as feeding. Just watch the fish, look at their stomach and you should be okay. The brown on the sand are diatoms and are just a part of the cycle you have to work through. Do not worry to much about them. Use RO.DI water for your PWC aand they will go away on their own.\
After you do your water change you should be good to go with any shrimp you like.
PS: tank is looking great!!! Keep up the good work...
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 10:31 PM   #36
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Cookies N Punch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 75
Alright cool, thanks. Im planning on doing 25% PWC every week, ill probably do one tomorrow. What would be the easiest way for me to do it with the tank of my size? And could you clarify on the RO.DI water, ive heard of it on here, but im a little fuzzy on what it is.
__________________
Cookies N Punch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-2010, 10:51 PM   #37
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
atte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 133
RO/DI water is "clean" pure water with nothing added to it. Usually you use a RO/DI filter and pass tap water through it. You can also purchase water if you are not up to buying a filter, but a filter would be better in the long run (especially with seahorses).

For the PWC, I don't have a sump either so I usually use a siphon to remove old water from the tank, and then just lift the bucket of new water up to the tank and pour it in. You could buy a kit or something with a small pump if you find that too hard, but with such a small tank you should be OK doing what I described.
__________________
3g Betta cube
29g FOWLR (No longer up)
atte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 05:01 AM   #38
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mitchell0605's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wollongong Australia
Posts: 2,757
What atte means by pure water is that the water is nothing more than 100% H2O. All nitrates, phosphtes, nitrites, everything is removed.
RO/DI = Reverse Osmosis De-Ionized (is that a z or s? lol)
__________________
~ Mitch

Follow my 6G Pico build!
Mitchell0605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 08:41 AM   #39
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
Looks good to me.
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-2010, 04:29 PM   #40
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Cookies N Punch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 75
O sweet, thanks, and if i get the RO.DI water or the filter I just add the salt to it and its good to pour in the tank with the fish in? Where would I be able to find that kind of water? LFS? Walmart?
__________________

__________________
Cookies N Punch is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.