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Old 09-30-2012, 09:19 PM   #11
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i mean i understand the testing for ammonia, but is it really necessary to test when i know it will take 3 weeks? or do i want to avoid the ammonia getting too high?
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:24 PM   #12
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I think if the ammonia is too high it will delay the cycle and make it longer, but I guess that doesn't matter since you don't mind going slow.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #13
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My goal is to have the first live fish or coral or both in on 3/26/13 for me and the girlfriend's anniversary
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:41 AM   #14
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i mean i understand the testing for ammonia, but is it really necessary to test when i know it will take 3 weeks? or do i want to avoid the ammonia getting too high?
You'll want to test to make sure your ammonia gets up to at least 4ppm so that you have a good strong cycle and your BB will easily be able to handle fish when they are introduced. If ammonia doesn't get high enough, the cycle might be too weak to handle fish waste.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:36 PM   #15
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So as long as the ammonia gets to 4ppm or higher I'm good, is there a too high? And has anyone used rock and sand from Marco rocks? They have a 40/40 combo of rock/sand that is priced real well
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The solution for this whole problem is to use pure ammonia. You can dose precisely to 4ppm and you dont have to deal with the smell of rotting shrimp.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:35 PM   #17
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so whats the best way to calculate the 4ppm if i am going to dose with pure ammonia?
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:35 PM   #18
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So since this tank is for my girlfriend mostly... ie she gets to pick a selection of livestock and then i research compatibility. where is a good place to buy a pink tinted sand, ive tried searching but cant find it.
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so these thoughts might be out of order but does this look like a good layout for my 38G

the sand bed will be about 1.5-2" deep, the equipment will be stashed behind the live rock when possible. the 3 power heads are positioned so that the 2 on the left are in front of the rock, the one on the right is behind. the green lines are the live rock and the pink Xs are where i would like to place corals

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so whats the best way to calculate the 4ppm if i am going to dose with pure ammonia?
I would add a few drops at a time and test. Keep adding until you are at 4ppm. Be careful! It only took a capful to get my 75 with 40 sump to 4ppm. It doesn't take much!
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