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Old 07-07-2007, 03:56 AM   #11
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this is really weird.. my nitrates is at 0 but it looks like my nitrite keeps going up... hmm... anybody know why?
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:03 AM   #12
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Your still cycling. Just sit back and wait it out.. Adding stuff from a bottle is not the answer, don't waste your money on that stuff.
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I agree with Seaham and Brian The stuff you used for your cycle is not the way to go. A natural cycle is the way to go. I know you have already used it but you are going to have to wait it out now.

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Old 07-07-2007, 08:53 PM   #14
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I got another question.. a lot of my water has evaporated so I dont know how I am going to add water?.. shoud I put some salt with it?.. or Do I just put regular... I dont want my specific gravity to go over 1.023 so I am still confused right now?.. and also, will it hurt the bacterias or any livestock (if i have any later on) if i put unsalted water? thanks
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Good question. Only add fresh water to replace evaporated water. The salt stays in your tank so do not add salt unless you are doing a PWC.
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k thanks mel... so its ok to add freshwater even thought theres livestock in there?
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Yes you can add FW to your tank with livestock in it, adding fresh water keeps your SG stable. Without adding FW your SG will rise and that over time can harm your corals and critters.
You should get into a routine when adding top off water, I used to add it in the am and pm to keep things stable. Keeping things stable/constant in your tank is important.
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so about how much everytime and how many times per day?
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Every tank is different, you need to remember where your water level is or mark it where the full line is. When water evaps fill back to that line, how many times depends on evaproation rate. Once a day may be fine for you no on can tell you that.
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Seaham is right on the money. I have a mark on my sump and I keep the water level. Remember that only water evaporates. Your salt stays in the tank so you want to add FW to the line tgo replenish the FW
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