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Old 12-14-2010, 08:33 PM   #61
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here is a small vid of my new 55 gal fowlr and my running 30 gal fowlr. i would like to get all the brown off of the rocks,it looks ugly. the second rock from the left on the bottom is out of my 30 gal tank,and thats what i want all the rocks to look like.. can i just use a toothbrush to get it off?? or how would you do it?? thanks guys

oh and my salinity in the 55 gal is 1.025 , and the salinity of my premixed water change water is 1.023. if i do a 20-30 % pwt will it bring it down?? i want it to be around 1.022 - 1.023. is that a good range?

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hey bigford....im so sorry..i cant view any video from youtube at my office right now...i will view it when i reach home....
about the salinity, yes it can bring down but for 55gal, im not so sure how much it will effect....why did u need to bring your salinity down...??
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.026 is the salinity you want to shoot for. that's what it is out at the reefs where our livestock is collected.
that sand sifting star will starve to death slowly. it eats microfauna in the sand bed. it will render the sand bed "dead", then starve.
that's a diatom bloom. common in new tanks. with proper husbandry(water changes with good source water), it should leave as fast as it came.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:31 PM   #64
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ok here is todays test...

sal=1.027
ph= 8.2
ammo=0 - .25
nitrite=0
nitrate= 40

what do ya think? test has been the same since the 12th what should i do now??
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i would keep waiting. it's not uncommon to have a cycle that lasts over a month.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:50 PM   #66
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i would keep waiting. it's not uncommon to have a cycle that lasts over a month.
so with a small amount on ammo, its still in cycle?
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yes. any detectable ammonia says it's not done cycling. you need to see nothing on the ammonia kit and nothing on the nitrite kit.
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im cycled my tank for almost 2month....nothing come fast...patient will be the key for success....
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Old 12-20-2010, 07:35 PM   #69
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can i put a turbo snail or 2 in to start cleaning up the brown??

what is the best creature to put in that will clean all the brown out of the sand?

and that crab in the sump in gonna keep producing ammo rite? so is that gonna tweak my cycle?
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