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Old 04-27-2016, 08:33 AM   #51
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I guess idk that's why they ask you to put 1-1.5lbs of live rock to 1 gallon to make that ammonia higher but I guess I'll do both and I guess I can't go wrong


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The reason for that amount of LR is NOT to make the ammonia higher. It is to have enough surface area (both internal and external) for proper processing of the fish wastes (nitrification and denitrification).

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Attachment 286457could I use the ammonia tests and nitrite and nitrate test from this ?


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I believe the reactants are the same between the FW and SW kits but the color charts differ. You might be able download and print these up. Or purchase them separately.


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Petco sells prawns ?


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Walmart does. But either fresh or frozen shrimp, tie up in a piece of panty hose, through in the filter and your done, replace weekly for about a month
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In my opinion The rock ratio to water is very old school these days ,with the equipment that we have to hand like skimmers and better filtering flow pumps Etc, you need nowhere near as much as I believe it's to do with how much flow you have to help the rock you have work efficiently.

And personally for the cycle I would just put the prawns in and let them do their job just drop them in your tank don't worry about taking them out when They start floating around just let the cycle do its job and they will just disintegrate.


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Tank looks crystal clean just waiting for this week to buy more live rock and a testing kit and a prawn or two


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Looks good and sounds like a plan
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Looking at the picture of the skimmer you've got there it looks like the foam are coming up to fast you need to slow it up a bit more so the foam only just reaches the beginning of the neck as the collection cup should look a lot darker in colour, also when first starting up a skimmer can take a few weeks to settle in and also can go a bit crazy with foam overspilling very quickly because of the new water in the tank but should settle within a few days you will to adjust the air dial accordingly until it settles. Also looking at your cup on the top of your skimmer you need to be emptying it once it reaches the top once it reaches the top of the clone piece otherwise the water is just going back down into the skimmer.


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Yes that looks better it's all about fine tuning it you want the foam to overspill where we slowly or only now and again try adjusting it a little bit more so it's only reaches halfway and then gradually over time it will push itself over the top you should only really be emptying the cup at the most once a day or every 24 hours depending on the amount of livestock you will eventually have, as the darker the waste in the cup The more concentrated it will be. Which is for you to decide.


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