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Old 02-09-2004, 09:33 PM   #1
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Newbie here

Hey whats up everybody... I wish I would have found this forum sooner.
I just invested in a 60 gal. aquarium that I am using for saltwater. I'm probably moving too fast with it but here's my situation.

I filled this tank a week ago using tap water , added almost a whole bag of salt(15lb) my specific gravity is 1.023, 40lbs. of Aragonite, water temp is 78F. This past weekend I added 30lbs. of live rock, 11lbs. of base rock (the live rock did have a foul odor), I added 3 Damsels per a LFS advice. I also purchased a fasTesT master kit and so far I have tested Nitrate 10, Nitrite .2, PH 8.1, Amonia .6 (i'm not sure on the Nitrite it had two different #'s for the same color).

Let me know how I am doing Like I said I'm probably moving too fast with it, help the newbie, please

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Old 02-09-2004, 10:51 PM   #2
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Sounds like your doing OK, you should remove the fish though, they will be very stressed and probably die from the toxic soup created in the cycling/curing process. Since you added LR, there really is no need for another source of nitrogenous waste, but if there was a raw cocktail shrimp from the grocers seafood counter would be a better option. Since your curing LR, I would start doing some water changes, depending on how quickly the ammonia rises, I usually recommend 50% every other day during the curing process. You can just let it sit and do no water changes and it will eventually cure, however you will have lost alot of things you wouldn't have if you'd done the waterchanges. Many say my method is a little hard on the wallet, and they are right, so you need to come up with a schedule you can afford and gives the best chance for survival of the critters on your rock
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Sounds like your on the right track and already have gotten some good advise from Kevin.

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Old 02-11-2004, 08:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info Kevin, I wish I could afford 50% water changes every other day. The LFS over here charges $6 for 3gal. of water 8O .

What else would you recomend for water changes? And also do you add salt before you do the change or after the water is already in the tank?

My ammonia level is already on the decline . What is the white fuzzy stuff that seems to be growing on some of the LR?

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ALways premix your water. Your LFS is ripping you a new one with that kind of price for premixed water. Your better off getting a bucket of salt and mixing it yourself.

All it takes to mix your own water is a large tub, heater, powerhead(s) and saltmix.
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What is the white fuzzy stuff that seems to be growing on some of the LR?
It is fouling (decay) from the die off on the LR, most likely from sponges. You can blow it off with a baster and siphon it out.
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I read in another post that bio balls are bad? I have a wet/dry filter with bio balls, do I need to remove them? Why are they so bad?
What do I replace them with? or dont I?

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In a reef of FOWLR set-up, bioballs are considered bad because they are nitrate sinks, in a FO tank, you may have no choice. So tell us about your tank
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It will be a FOWLR set up. Right now its just LR with aragonite substrate. I plan on having some inverts but have not made up my mind on aggressive or non aggressive fish.

The filter is a Pro clear Aquatic Systems wet/dry 75gal. w/pre filter and a Rio 2500 powerhead.

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If you have 1-2 lbs per gallon of LR and base rock, you can remove the bioballs, if the tank is established I would remove about 1/3 per week over three weeks.
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