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Old 07-13-2011, 02:15 PM   #71
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I'd never dose any of my DT's QT QT QT lol it cant be said enough The only tank i dont run carbon in has two tangs i dont run it there cause i heard it can cause HLLE
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:23 PM   #72
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So our tank is now cycled. In a 100g is 40ppm nitrate a good level? Or should it be a little higher? I know my freshwater tanks are all about that and they range from a 10- 45 and they never really go up from 40so didn't know if salt water is different.

We just added 6 damsels to get it broken in a couple turbo snails, hermit crabs and a bumblebee snail. Looking at a lion fish, the Fu Manchu. Tiny little guy. So that brings me to my next question.

How long will FW ghost shrimp last in saltwater? I'm trying it right now and he's still alive and I added him like an hour ago
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Old 07-19-2011, 09:37 PM   #73
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you realy should try for 0 nitrAtes in both FW and SW IMO 40 ppm is to high
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What? Are you serious. No. I will not do that. I know that in both fresh and salt water you need nitrates to keep your tank cycled.
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:28 PM   #75
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I second grizz's statement. You wanna be as close to 0 for trates as possible.. And you may wanna hold off on the fu manchu lion....he's prob the hardest lion to keep and you really wanna make sure you have your water and tank operations down pat before bringing him home. Unfrotunately if you try to keep a fu manchu now, its gonna get stressed out and be a handful....I'd wait 2-3 months and then pick him up. Your end experience will be soo much better
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And you don't need trates at all...they are the end result of the nitrogen cycle.....you have to get rid of them with pwc's or you'll start stressing your fish out
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Old 07-19-2011, 10:36 PM   #77
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its hard to get 0 nitrates for a beginner...but if u can keep it as low as possible such 10ppm with a fowlr sw tank, that consider good...and it was great if u can them 0....0 doesnt mean the nitrate isnt there...
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0 trates is def possible, granted beginners may have some trouble holding it at 0....but its def possible.
Tracey if you want to get your trates knocked down considerably, do a 50% pwc now and another 50% pwc tomorrow.....itlls knocked your trates down quite far.
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So do some SW fish/coral/anenomes not tolerate nitrate levels as well as FW? I have always been told to keep my nitrates at or below 40. I understand that 0 isn't bad but with my experience in FW 40 never hurt anything. This is actually the first time I have heard of keeping trates at 0.
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Yeah most fish can tolerate up to about 70-80 trates. Although 40 prob would not cause immediate death to fish, it will stress the fish and gradually weaken their immune systems. And for 95% of us, there's nothing but pwc's to remove trates. I personally try to keep mine below 5 because I've noticed that the higher the trates get, the quicker it can swing.... Again I see you really haven't had any issues with it so far but it can (and sadly prob will at some point) make a small problem worse.
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