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Old 07-09-2010, 09:02 PM   #11
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Coraline (most of it ) thrives in low light conditions... However need mag and calcium to grow... DO NOT add unless testing indicates and only after you are cycled and have been doing H20 changes
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... The other pcs of LR have a lot of red corraline on them.
And yours will too in about 4-6 months. Just be patient and work on getting through your cycle.
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We are certainly still "working "on it...i know we added the fish too fast...my husband, and main poster, had a tanken when he was young and I was only familiar with FW...so off we went and got some fishies...getting some more LR today from a friend with a LFS. Most of the LR from the LFS that we bought (not the friend's place) seems uncured (white pc) and other, when they told us they were...jerks...wont buy from them again...and they had some gorgeous coral (next project for a 210g reef in a few years)...I can tell you this...I will never cycle with live animals EVER again!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alos, thanks sadie...no supplements till the cycle is done, what tests should i perform to check?

Side note, i had an aptasia on one of the LR (from the bad LFS) and shot it with some kalkwasser powder made into a paste (at the advice of a friend)...very small amount, but b/c it was a paste, it was very concentrated...killed the aptasia, but would it screw with my levels???

I am running out of ideas...help!
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Any thing you are wishing to dose you should be checking ...
But your basics are Ammonia , NitrIte, NitrAte , PH , Calcium ,alk , and Iodide/Iodine (if wishing to dose for reef.) Because of the size of your tanks and the limited corals in it as of now H20 changes should suffice ... Meaning you should not need to dose a thing , after you start adding corals and things that will "utilize" the elements in the H20 and testing that indicates H20 changes are no longer sufficent then dose ... As a rule of thumb here it is better to under dose than to over dose meaning it is easier to add a bit more later down the road than to remove it and kill stuff off ... Adding the kalk paste should NOT harm your levels at all ...
Just slow down a bit your wallet will thank you down the road ... I know it is hard when you see tanks that are built but remember many of us did so with frags and sloooooowly ...The LR you are getting today may well also cause a cycle , if possible cycle it in a tote bin with "old" tank water ... it will be less sever on your inhabitants ... Believe me I have stood where you are ... I crashed my tank soooo many times when I started that I was made to sit with an empty tank till I was willing to learn ... With a nano it can be done (I am proof as are others) but it is slow to go ... I was one that needed this and that , I was ready when I was willing to learn . Hard lesson was that I blew 2 grand or more crashing it ... Now if I am unsure I ask as I am sure others have been there and learned ,understand that what works for one is NOT , nor will be a guarentee that it will work for you or anyone for that matter it is just experience ...I am glad to help where and when I can , I do not believe in giving "fake" advice or "made up" advice . But if it has a ring of truth , and some one who has a successful tank then it may well be so ...Understand many of us are fustrated at those who are new and think they know it all ....or that it is "wrong" , this fustrates those of us who stood there before and experienced it ....when it is well I am going to do it anyways ... some fish (and there are those I would love to have , but I do not have the enviroment for them )are just not good community fish nor nano fish ... You are at a borderline for a nano but have more room than I do in a 10 gallon or BC8 , But even so some just will not work ... I wish you luck and I am here to help and ready ... just let us know , most of us are not fish stores so we have nothing to gain but rather been there done that ...
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