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Old 01-01-2007, 03:05 AM   #11
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Thanx for the tip guys!! I never did pwc s in my FW tanks during a cycle. I just got freaked out when my ammonia was at an 8.0 I'm def ok with not doing anymore pwcs until the tank is cycled. I added more LR since the last pic (which doesn't have an accurate date btw) I'll try to get a pic up soon.
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Old 01-01-2007, 03:08 AM   #12
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No problem at all!! I remember being freaked out at spikes when I had my first tank. It is all normal and you are on your way!
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Old 01-01-2007, 03:11 AM   #13
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Old 01-01-2007, 03:17 PM   #14
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I agree with everybody about the PWC`s. Wait till it`s done then do a good size one. Cant wait to see the pics.
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:50 PM   #15
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O.K. I have to fess up. I was naughty. I went and bought 3 snails. 2 turbos and a nassarius. I know I shouldn't have. My fiance (who never showed any interest in my other 8 aquariums) is completely entranced by this SW tank. He begged me to put a fish in there. (How nice it is to see a grown man beg ) So I went to the LFS and the guy said the snails should be ok. So I did it. I know, I know..... I feel horrible now. They haven't moved in 2 days. I thought they would help eat up the die off crap on the LR. But instead, I think I sentenced them to an early demise. I'm worried the nassarius is rotting away somewhere in the SB. That's why I did the PWC. I was hoping to somewhat lower the ammonia to give them a fighting chance. I was scared to tell you guys, for I know I will be shunned. I am so embarrassed, because I know better. So there it is...That's the truth. Go ahead, lay it on me. I deserve it.
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Old 01-01-2007, 06:37 PM   #16
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Snails are actually more sensitve to levels then fish from what I read. I'm not a pro at this yet so you aren't alone. Don't feel bad you didn't know. Lesson learned. On the positive side maybe their decaying will help make your tank cycle faster>.
I'm really impatient with mine now as well. I get my live rock on Thursday and I hope having something in that tank to look at and monitor will help me be more patient.
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Old 01-02-2007, 01:54 AM   #17
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Good news! I saw my nassarius climbing all over the LR tonight, so he's not decaying somewhere in my SB. My honey said he saw antennae movement from one of the turbos tonight, so at least one of them is still kickin. I think they just drew back in their shells to avoid the painful sting of the ungodly high amounts of ammonia (poor things). I feel so bad. I also found some critters crawling around my LR. I'm gonna post in the other section to see if any1 knows what they are.
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:06 AM   #18
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Snails are sensitive especially to high nitrate levels which you are going to begin having.

Though you know you did not make the best move, the good news is I have gone through complete cycles with hitchiker inverts and they survived.

Monitor them if one dies, take it out. Nothing smells worse than a dead snail.
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I agree with the rest. Inverts tend to be very sensitive to poor water conditions. Ammonia and nitrItes are way more harmful than nitrAtes. There is still a chance they may not make it through the rest of the cycle (nitrIte spike).
As for test kits....don't dose your tank, unless you have the test kit for what you are dosing. If you do regular PWCs, you should not have to dose with anything.
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I'm not going to dose anything anytime soon. And I'm done testing for calcium and carbonate hardness until it cycles. Once it cycles, I'm going to do a pwc. I'll start adding my clean-up crew, and test again. From what I understand, my calcium needs to be right around 400. If it's not, I'll post and find out where to go from there. I was told the LR needs calcium, so I dosed it when I put my first piece in there. But I haven't added anything since. I'm just going to monitor my poor little snails, and test the ammonia and nitrites in a few days. I'm not even gonna test nitrates until ammonia and nitrites are at 0. I'll def keep ya'll posted.
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