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Old 02-03-2015, 02:46 PM   #1
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Started, getting back after 8-10 years

It's been 8-10 years since I left saltwater. I've been dreaming of going back since and just now getting to it. I forgot how much I missed the challenges. Right now I hate the rock work, it's a pain trying to get it just right. I'm working on trying to lower my kh and raising my calcium levels.



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Old 02-03-2015, 02:49 PM   #2
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:57 PM   #3
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Are there corals in the tank? Sorry, I cant tell for sure. lol I wouldnt try chasing kh and calcium levels with additives....best to do a nice sized water change and those levels should adjust themselves.
AS far as the rockwork, I kinda like it...the only thing I would change is to make sure there is space between the rocks and the side glass, will make cleaning so much easier.
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No corals yet till I get the issues resolved. My calcium is at the lowish end 400 and my kh was to high in the tank. The calcium is the same when I mix and kh is lower. I just been dosing to try to get cal up around 440. The anemone was moving around non stop from place to place then found a spot under a rock. Kinda annoying if you know what I mean. I'm not sure if it's to much flow or the light

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I don't think your alk is high if your calcium is 400. If you are using an API test kit I bet your calcium is much lower. Double check that. Anemones can be more sensitive than corals. I suggest water changes to level out things also. Low calcium is not a big deal and usually won't kill something like alk swings will. A few partial water changes with a reef grade salt mix and you'll be fine...and I bet that anemone will stop moving too.
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I added calcium earlier today. Now my calcium is at 440 and kh 268.5. What's mixed in my bucket for water changes is at 107.4 kh. I was doing daily water changes of 2.5 gallons. I backed off now and only doing them every other day

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I am using the api test kit then beat myself up when I realised magnisium isn't part of it. I'm gonna swap it out as soon as I get money saved up now lol. Its going to be a while before I get corals.

I couldn't believe how much pricing went up since I was doing it before. I remember paying $9.99 for clownfish now they are up over $30. Frags was cheaper too

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yes prices shot through the roof no doubt , but like the rest of us I'm sure you wont let that stop you .
I found just letting the rocks lay as they lay gives the look of a more natural look , just wait till you add coral you'll see what I mean , so far things look great ,
what kind of clowns are they hard to tell in pict
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yes prices shot through the roof no doubt , but like the rest of us I'm sure you wont let that stop you .
I found just letting the rocks lay as they lay gives the look of a more natural look , just wait till you add coral you'll see what I mean , so far things look great ,
what kind of clowns are they hard to tell in pict
Misbar and they was the cheapest ones $25.99

It's not going to scare me away.. I'm actually thinking of changing the 180 over for predators

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those will be my next choice when ever I start my next tank
been slowly running out the fresh water giving things away
I enjoy my 37g predator tank but not much of choice with this size tank
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