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Old 09-21-2009, 06:00 AM   #11
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Lookin good and will look better with more rocks. Good luck!!
More rock it is then!

Got a few tag-alongs too. The orange and green corals.

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Old 09-22-2009, 05:57 AM   #12
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OK, It's Day 3 of my FOWLR Tank, and it's time to do some tests:

Ammonia - 0.25 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 2.5 ppm
SG - 1.020
pH - 8.2
Temp - 24.5 celcius (76 F)


I have turned the heating up very slightly to hit 25 C or 77 F

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- Is it normal to have nitrate readings already? Could this have come along with my live rock?
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Old 09-22-2009, 07:38 AM   #13
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I like the corals! Everything looks good. I had high nitrates my first two days with rocks in place.
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Sharpie; Are you using ro/di water? If not, the nitrates could be coming from your tap water source. That's usually where most of the nitrates come from in tanks that don't use RO water. Nitrates could also come from leftover food, detritus buildups.. stuff like that. How much do you feed your fish? Do you have a clean up crew? Things like that should be able to determin where nitrates are coming from. Let us know!
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Hey Zer0 -
I'm not using RO/DI water - But I tested the water before I added it to the tank:

Am - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0
pH - 8.8

I haven't added any fish or food yet -
No Cleanup crew yet either - Other than 4 very small black, red and white striped shrimp looking things, a few tubes growing out of the rock with these frond things that stick out and wave in the water, and a TINY cone shaped shell critter that came with the LR.

Anyone know what these critters are?
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Got pics to help ID? I'm really interested in the red and white "shrimp looking things".
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austinsdad - The shrimp things appear more white and grey now. No red anymore. Plus I cant find as many this time around.
Heres some pics.

melosu58 - yes, tap water for this one.


Any know what the corals are?
That tube fan worm thing?
And the white worm on the glass.

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melosu58 - yes, tap water for this one.

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I did quite a bit of research on my local tap water before I added it. From what I can find, it is quite soft water.

This is the typical analysis:



After speaking with all the aquarium gurus in Adelaide, they said I should be very safe to use tap water for my FOWLR, but if i want to do reef, RO/DI should be considered.

So once I decide to make the plunge into corals, I'll invest in an RO/DI unit and slowly change all the water out.
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