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Old 06-15-2010, 12:51 PM   #11
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Agree that PWCs are your best friend righit now. Treat the tank like it's a new QT tank that requires 2x/day 20% PWC's until the biological filter is able to handle the bioload. Any measurable ammonia or nitrite is harmful to fish. Nitrate is much more tolerable to fish (up to 80 - 100ppm).

Here's my 9 (still deciding on #10) rules for SW:
Rule # 1. Nothing Good ever happens Fast in a salt water aquarium
Rule # 2. Don't add anything (supplements/chemicals/minerals)you don't test for first.
Rule # 3. PWC (Partial Water Changes) are your friend, and cure many ills.
Rule # 4. QT EVERYTHING before adding it to your tank (mandarins excepted, corals should be dipped)
Rule # 5. Use only RO or RODI water (either buy it or make it)
Rule # 6. All animal species live longer on a 30% reduced caloric intake. Only feed every other day at most (fish species dependant)
Rule # 7. Hyposalinity is the best, safest, and most effective treatment for marine Ich (IMHO)
Rule # 8. A Refractometer is a MUST HAVE, not a luxury.
Rule # 9. Anemones will never live anywhere near their normal (aprox 30 years) lifespan in a home aquarium. Leave them in the ocean
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"Rule # 6. All animal species live longer on a 30% reduced caloric intake. Only feed every other day at most (fish species dependant)."

Really? So Im better off feeding my fish a little less? Every other day? I feed a little every day.
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