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Old 10-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #61
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Yay!! Good to hear!
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:59 AM   #62
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So the salinity should stay the same as long as I always top off with distilled water, correct? And the key to keeping it consistent would be to pour in the exact salinity level when doing WCs... I was worried this was going to be hard, but it doesn't seem so scary lol
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:09 AM   #63
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Okay, it's a long way away but... does it matter which fish I put in there first? I was just planning on putting the firefish in first.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:30 AM   #64
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One more question... Do I need to add .002 to my hydrometer readings?? I read somewhere that you're supposed to due to temperture. My hydrometer says "ideal for use in water temps of 68 to 85 degrees" I haven't been adding this.
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:30 PM   #65
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Yeah it's not too bad once you get a hang of it! When your cycle ends you'll probably have a diatom bloom so maybe get some CUC members and see how they do and if everything is well put in the firefish . Never heard that you needed to add .002 to your hydrometer readings...Tank looks nice!
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Old 10-13-2012, 03:15 PM   #66
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Hydrometers are notoriously wrong. Be sure to tap it to clear any bubbles. A refractometer on EBay is about $50 and something you should put on your Christmas list.

Good luck, my son started with 9 gallon nano and had such good success he has graduated to a larger reef.
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Old 10-13-2012, 04:59 PM   #67
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Right... inverts first then firefish. Thanks!!

Well no can do for the refractometer for christmas... I'm going on a cruise and I'm not getting anything for christmas this year. :/ Thanks!

Is it normal for the area around the tank and the tank to smell... salty? It's almost kind of stinky. I'm pretty sure it is the decaying shrimp... because if I smell the pre-mixed water it doesn't really smell like anything, if not just a little salty. But it's like I get wafts of the smell around my room (the tank is in my bedroom) and it's pretty strong.
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Yup that's the shrimp. It's a smelly process.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:06 PM   #69
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Now there's more than one reason I want the cycle to hurry up and finish!! lol
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:23 PM   #70
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I printed out a color chart for the saltwater master test kit. I emailed API to see if they'd send me the actual color chart which would most likely be better than this one I printed out, but will certainly suffice for now. I hope they do send me one. Proves you can easily get stuff if you just ask! lol.

I hope since I used live sand and rock my cycle will go faster.
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