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Old 09-09-2012, 03:02 PM   #21
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But that's really high right?
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But that's really high right?
I honestly don't know. Someone else will be able to help you out.
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:25 PM   #23
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Not sure if this helps but I keep my salinity at 1.025-1.026 and my tank has been thriving for a little over 9 months.


What's your mag levels? And you want phosphates to be 0 ideally. NitrAtes are fine and you also want ammonia at 0.
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:49 PM   #25
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Not sure if this helps but I keep my salinity at 1.025-1.026 and my tank has been thriving for a little over 9 months.

What's your mag levels? And you want phosphates to be 0 ideally. NitrAtes are fine and you also want ammonia at 0.
Mags? And yes I know I am gonna do a partial water change in the next few days to bring the ammonia and phosphates down. Tank is still cycling.
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If your using an API test kit, you may be done. I got a pure water sample from the water treatment plant that is used for calibration and my API kit showed a hint of amm and phosphates. Their lab showed 0. I don't think API zeroize out very well in those 2 tests.
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If your using an API test kit, you may be done. I got a pure water sample from the water treatment plant that is used for calibration and my API kit showed a hint of amm and phosphates. Their lab showed 0. I don't think API zeroize out very well in those 2 tests.
I agree. My freshwater test always looked like it has a hint of ammonia. I tested it with RODI water and it showed the same result. so I know it's zero.

Use a sample of RODI water to get a baseline of what your "0" will look like.
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Sorry.... Your magnesium levels (mag)
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So I've been reading some post/threads about cycling a new tank with established rock, sand and some bb from a previous filter and adding a dozen of hermits to help clean up as well as keep the bb running. My question to you is will this work? I have a tank that's been running about 5 days now and surprisingly I do have a single blue leg in my tank that I'm guessing was in the rock. Is it safe to add some hermits and snails now?
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Ok I'm on the 6th day of cycling my tank and I'm starting to get the red algae on some of the base rock and the brown crap on my sand bed. Water changes should control both correct?
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