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Old 03-13-2011, 12:48 PM   #1
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Starting over :/

Hi there people decided to start over was thinking of emptying my aquarium's water completely and using all R/O saltwater from the shop the ones in the big tank which you buy per litre just wondered if I would need to leave the tank to cycle still because if so I have no where to keep my fish I have at the moment any one can help be great thanks
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:23 PM   #2
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Can you remind us of your setup and everything in it.
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:36 PM   #3
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Em 4 clowns 1 regal tang 2 emporer cardinals 1 flame angel 1 cream angel
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:42 PM   #4
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Ok, so you have a 200L (50ish gallon) tank using a canister filter and ocean rock for your filtration? What is in the canister filter. How many pounds of LR do you have. What is your substrate (sand or crushed coral)? How long is your tank? I thought regal tangs need a 6' tank. I prefer a sump over using a canister filter. Any macro algae? What are your current readings, temp salinity, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate

I guess I should have asked, why are you wanting to start over?
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Well first off my canister has a bunch of different media e.g crushed rock bio balls sponges nitrate remover sponges cotton wool. I have sand and there is no live rock only ocean rock the sand bed keeps getting covered in red slim algae and the nitrite is 0 however the nitrate is around 60ppm (reason for starting over mainly) any way could you please let me know if it would be possible to remove all sand and water and all new sand and all new water from the store and just take the fish out for like 3 hours while I change all this over then just place the fish back into the tank and leave the lights off to let the calm ???
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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Canister, remove the bioballs and add more live rock rubble. Bioballs end up being a nitrate factory. By ocean rock, do you mean rock you picked up from the ocean? Can you send pictures?

Your main question can you take everything out and put new sand and water? I really need to know more about this ocean rock. If you had enough LR you could do something similar to what you're talking about because the good bacteria is in the LR. I think with what you propose you're still going to have a cycle and you don't want to put the fish through that. Still concerned with that regal, how big is the fish?
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About 0.7 inch lol
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:03 PM   #8
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That's the rock we have about 25kg
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:07 PM   #9
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I can't tell from the picture. Is that porus rock? I think your problem may be the rock itself. I'd wait for others to chime in, but... The wrong kind can leach heavy metals, change PH....could be your main problem.
If my math is right, thats around 55lbs. Where did you get the rock from? Cichlid..I just worry it was from a FW tank. How long did your tank cycle for when you set it up?
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2 months 1 month with nothing in it and one month with a butterfly fish
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