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Old 11-27-2008, 12:06 PM   #11
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Roger that. I'm going to see if this works by WED. And if not - start over. But right now I've already done the cuprisorb and see if that fixes the water.
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Old 11-27-2008, 01:35 PM   #12
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Just picked up 2.5 gallons of RO/DI water. I'm going to use this to top off over the next few days as my salt is in the 1.026 range. If things don't work out by Wed - then I'll dump - and buy water and new live sand. This will get rid of having to use any of the stuff.

Thanks - as always being a newbie - I just should have gotten pure water - but was told we could treat it if there was an issue. What I should have done was picked up the tank - gotten it ready to fill and then brought our tap water back to the LFS. Then we would have caught it, and I could have just gotten water.

Oh well - at least I know what to do in the future. I still don't even have anything living in the main tank but I can see this is like learning to snowboard or anything else - baby steps, and then one day you really fly.
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:01 PM   #13
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Date: 11/28/08 Temp: 77 pH: 7.8 Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 10 Nitrite: 1 Magnesium: n/t GH: n/t
KH: n/t Salinity: 1.023 Alkalinity: n/t
Calcium: n/t Carbon Dioxide: n/t Copper: n/t
Iodine: n/t Iron: n/t Dissolved Oxygen: n/t
Phosphate: n/t

Looks like my Nitrates have risen but ammonia is now back to 0.

I don't have a copper test - but hopefully it will be lower on Wed. If not - redo.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:53 PM   #14
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Okay - all levels are back to normal - what about the PH being 7.8-8.0? Should this come up a little after we get live rock? Or is that the PH of the water?

Date: 11/30/08 Temp: 77 pH: 8 Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 0 Nitrite: 0 Magnesium: n/t GH: n/t
KH: n/t Salinity: 1.024 Alkalinity: n/t
Calcium: n/t Carbon Dioxide: n/t Copper: n/t
Iodine: n/t Iron: n/t Dissolved Oxygen: n/t
Phosphate: n/t

If the copper levels are gone on Wed/Friday - then it's live rock central.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:59 PM   #15
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PH at 8.2 is ideal
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Okay - update. We got our live rock today - and already I can see little critters - floral looking things on the rocks - so cool.



We have at least 3-4 good places for coral/other stuff.

Also the readings in our tank have all normalized prior to adding the live rock, and the cuprisorb removed all the copper. My tests and the LFS confirmed that.

WOOT! Very excited!!!
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Old 12-07-2008, 11:52 AM   #17
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Update - cuprisorb took out the copper - we've added live rock 4 days ago and could our cycle be over already - the live rock was cured and yesterday we saw the nitrates spike a bit then come down.



We did use an entire thing of Bio-Spira prior to adding live rock.

Not sure what I'm looking for here...
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