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Old 03-24-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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Testing my new FOWLR

Ok, so I have setup a 55 Gallon FOWLR Tank, however I only have the LR right now. I have 6lbs of live rock, and about 15lbs of dead rock. The live rock came with some nice little organisms already and some coralline algae.

However, when I setup the tank, the salinity was right at the reef salinity, and dropped down to about 1.023 yesterday. I tested it today, and it appears to be @ 1.028, which appears to be really high. What just happened? Nothing has happened to the tank by my hands since yesterday.

Should I be worried, or just replace water? I Just got my Marine Master Kit in the mail, and I'm getting ready to test it. I will post results when I get them.

--- Testing Results ---
ph: 8.2
ammonia: .25-.5
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 10-20

This is the 'API Saltwater Master Test Kit' and is all checked by color, so if it has a range, it's because the color was very similar to both numbers.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:00 PM   #2
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Ok, so I have setup a 55 Gallon FOWLR Tank, however I only have the LR right now. I have 6lbs of live rock, and about 15lbs of dead rock. The live rock came with some nice little organisms already and some coralline algae.

However, when I setup the tank, the salinity was right at the reef salinity, and dropped down to about 1.023 yesterday. I tested it today, and it appears to be @ 1.028, which appears to be really high. What just happened? Nothing has happened to the tank by my hands since yesterday.

Should I be worried, or just replace water? I Just got my Marine Master Kit in the mail, and I'm getting ready to test it. I will post results when I get them.

--- Testing Results ---
ph: 8.2
ammonia: .25-.5
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 10-20

This is the 'API Saltwater Master Test Kit' and is all checked by color, so if it has a range, it's because the color was very similar to both numbers.
-- Double Checked --

I double checked the Salinity with the Hydrometer and it is reading 1.024 like yesterday.. what just happened? Bubbles in the tester maybe?
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Most likely bubbles on the arm of the tester. Might wanna look into a refratometer, about $30 on amazon.
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Yeah, swing arm hydrometers are unreliable.
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I actually own one, what should the reading be?
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Own a refractometer? Specific gravity for a FOWLR is: 1.020-1.026, for a reef 1.023-1.026.
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