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Old 08-19-2011, 06:31 PM   #11
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You'll need either more live rock or you can buy somebase rock to save some money. You should have at least 15lbs of rock in there. In saltwater the rock is your filter really, the other parts of the filtration system just remove particulate matter that floats around.

Your beneficial bacteria will reside in the sand and rock and convert the ammonia (fish poop and other organics) inbto nitrites, then the other nitrite eating bacteria will eat that and in turn produce nitrates.

Your next thing after getting rid of the nem is to get an API saltwater testing kit, it will help you cycle your tank.

As far as the fish already still in it, it might or might not survive the cycle. In the olden days people would use fish to cycle their tanks and if it died it was oh well. These days most if not all people promote fishless cycling.

if you keep the fish you will have to monitor the tank daily and do many water changes to keep the ammonia levels at 0 or close to it.

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Old 08-19-2011, 06:35 PM   #12
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Thank you! I appreciate everyones advice and I hope everything will be better! I will get more live rock and is there anything else I can get to test the water?
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:38 PM   #13
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Just get that liquid test kit, you wanna be able to test for ph, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. Those are a biggie when you cycle. It comes ina kit for like $25

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Old 08-19-2011, 06:41 PM   #14
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Thanks again for all the advice! I love they way saltwater tanks look and I want to do it right!
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Old 08-19-2011, 06:44 PM   #15
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Cycle that tank properly and you will be off to a great start. It sucks that a fish store would guide you so badly...I would recommend lookign around for another store when the time comes. I drive an hour or more sometimes to go to a reputable place. And if in doubt just post a thread here, there are soo many people who have years, even decades of experince with saltwater.

Good luck and when you get your test kit let us know the results. Also since you have a clown already be sure to have extra water on hand for water changes.

Are you using ro/di water or tap water?
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I am not sure about the water! I purchased it already made! He gave me half he made and half from a tank he had fish in.
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EEk. LOL. You might wanna look into getting your water from those supermarket machines and mixing your own salt water. I was paying 30 cents a gallon for that water and since your tank is so small you'll only need like 5g a week. If you are serious about the tank though and have the money you might just wanna make your own water right at home. I use this machine

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I also have like 5 sw tanks now so it beats lugging jugs of water back and forth. Are you planning on getting corals at some point cause ro/di water is for sure the way to go.


Like mentioned by someone earlier, the bacteria doesnt really reside in the water it lives on the rock and sand. All you got fromhis used water was the end product of nitrates. And by the way, nitrates are removed by doing a weekly water change, for your tank, maybe like 3-4 gallons. Also keep in mind that when the water level drops from evaporation you need to add unsalted water as the salt doesnt evaporate.

I'm just throwing stuff out there so if you have any specific questions just ask.
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Soni want to my LFS and I cannot return the anemone. What should I do with it! I would like to try and keep it and help it be healthy!
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Throw the anemone at the owners face, throw some merchandise on the floor, and tell him to go f#^@ himself!!!!! I hate that, he gave you wrong information to make a quick sale. Never go there again, and look for another lfs that can give you credit or take it for free.
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I'm not sure what to tell you. When I returned my nem I just gave it back with no refund. :-(

not sure he will survive the cycling process and if he does die in there it will pretty much nuke the tank unless you catch it quick enough.

Youre in a tough spot....
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