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Old 02-13-2005, 05:37 PM   #11
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just curious... did you start the tank with RO/DI? did u add tap water at any point?
We have never used tap water in the tank. We bought store made salt water from our LFS. Found out about 2 weeks ago now that the LFS R/O D/I system was broken and we had used their water for water change. We found this out after already using 10 gallons of their water which was FULL of silicates and phosphates! That is when our issue got totally OUT of control. At that point we started using Walmart distilled and salt mixing it ourselves for 24 hours with a power head. That is why we are doing so many water changes.

Here are our readings now:
Phosphates .1 (says critical on the Salifert test)
Silicates 0 (Salifert test)
Nitrates 0
Nitrites 0
amonia 0
temp 80F (this is as low as we can get it to go with our lights)
Salinity: 1.022.

(One week ago, silicates were 3ppm and phosphates were .25. That is when we started with very frequent water changes, using our own mix and put a phosphate pad in our canister filter. We have one more phosphate pad unused yet, should we change that yet?)

We are feeding once daily, in the morning
One day mysis, next day brine, next day flake and start over.
We are not feeding too much because the food is gone in about 30 seconds (we have some piggies in the tank).
We are not draining the shrimp before adding it but we are mixing it with tank water, not tap water. Is that OK? Do we still need to drain it?

Light cycle:
Lights on from 7am - 7pm
moonlights on the rest of the time

Also, our cleaning crew is very small. I think there is only about 1 snail remaining and about 4 hermit crabs.

TIA

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Old 02-14-2005, 01:29 PM   #12
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Lights on from 11am - 11pm, and then Moonlights on after that.
Feeding flake food in the morning, Brine shrimp or Formular 1 at night. Also, 3" dried seaweed 2 times/week. I mixed brine shrimp with water from tank as well, no drain. I got big cleaning crew. Maybe thats the different.
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Old 02-15-2005, 10:04 AM   #13
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We vacumed again last night. This time we skipped the gravel vac and just used our airline hose. It worked pretty well, but now I think we may need to add some additional sand. Is that a problem to do with an established tank? Any suggestions on how?

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Old 02-15-2005, 11:07 AM   #14
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sandsifting goby.....I had the same problem, my diamond goby does a great job of keeping my sand white even with the lights on for 10 to 12 hours a day. The one negative about a goby is it will place sand where you might not want at. Some say that it will eat any organisms living in the sand, but do some research on it HTH good luck
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would a yellow watchman goby turn over the sand enough?
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