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Old 01-06-2012, 11:50 PM   #31
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I did mine with ammonia. I read that lava rock doesn't host the bacteria. Only real ocean rock does

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Old 01-06-2012, 11:51 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by AquaRick
That Magnum 350 is a pretty old version of that model canister filter. While cycling, take a good look at your trates. Without regular maintenance on your canisters, they can be a nitrate factory.
Agreed about the nitrate factory if you keep the guts in it what comes out of the box like sponges and filter floss. Better off running empty or with rock rubble in it and use media when needed. I don't think will have nitrate build up if just rock rubble. Do ya? If so maybe I should get rid of mine. Although my nitrates have been always close to 0. Maybe 5 or 10ppm at the most

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Nah, the rubble won't cause a nitrate build up. It will have enough flow going through it. Good call on removing all media and just using LR rubble and only adding filter media if you need it etc.
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:34 AM   #34
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Welcome to the hobby!

Post pics (list of what u have) of all you received we ( hobbyists) can ID the items so you know what you and what you need or don't need.

To start tap water is ok. I have used tap water with de-chlorinator (Prime) for a year.
Wash the old rock with good water pressure so it gets cleaned well.
Do wash the sand before adding to system.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:31 AM   #35
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I will as soon as I get back home... I use tap water for my freshwater fish and use prime in it...

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