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Old 11-24-2006, 06:28 PM   #51
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check up on my params:

NitrIte: .50ppm
NitrAte: 0-5.0
Ammonia: 4.0-8.0
pH: 7.9

*note my test kit leaves some gaps, so i estimated

you think it'd be alright to take out whats left of the crab, and let the params settle?

im hesitant to add LR now, after seeing the ammonia levels, how much ammonia would it take to kill a person?


heres a post i left on my LR cost thread in getting started:

just visited another LFS today. they have some Fiji LR, more colorful than the other LFS, but most of it is covered in dense algae.

question, should i worry about the algae if i get some? my tank is up against a north window, so it wont get the intense beatings of the sun.

its the thick hairy algae, ive never had algae really, at least not like this, so im not familiar with how much light it will need to sustain/die. there will not be a light on this tank, just the window, and a lamp

im planning on getting clown fish, and maybe a watchman goby, and i dont think either have a particular love of it.
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Old 11-24-2006, 07:37 PM   #52
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Should be okay to take the crab out now, yeah.

Add the liverock now. What are you worried about the ammonia hurting? It's not going to hurt you, no worries. If you add it now, give the bacteria time to colonize, your cycle time will go down.

The algae sounds like hair algae. I would try and scrub off as much as you can before you add the liverock into the tank. Some is inevitable, but it sounds like this liverock has been sitting for a long time in this stores tanks.

What kind of light you thinking about lighting it with? Just a desk lamp? Pointed over the tank or just ambient light?
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Old 11-25-2006, 12:59 PM   #53
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im thinking the LR with the algae has been sitting there for so long, i couldnt imagine there being much little critters on it it also seemed less pourous and more solid, so i think i'll go for the other LFS, and hope i get some live critters tagging along.

im just thinking my desk lamp, with the bendable neck that you can direct where you want light.

the tanks right up against a window, and is usually illuminated well.

further reading on the TLC bottle (it was impossible finding anything on it on the internet) but it seems like its just a natural stress liquid, removes ammonia and NO2

i dont know what the LFS i got it from knew what it was either

about how long will it take for the ammonia levels to sink with the LR?

thanks DT for sticking with me through this
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Liverock with critters....rocks. Definitley go for more pourous rock.

The desklamp would be okay, but I'm sorta more worried about the window. Natural sunlight is gonna be fuel for algae to grow, just so you know.

This is all I could find on the net about this TLC thing.

http://www.tlc-products.com/pages/1/index.htm

With the liverock, I bet your cycle will be done and you will be ready to add livestock in 2-3 weeks. Just a guess though.

Can you get pictures?
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i dont think light will be a problem, its a north window, and i have shades if it gets bad. never really have algae problems though.

i dont know about that TLC stuff anymore, i put some in, and its suppose to help control the ammonia and nitrites, but didnt do anything

if i do add the LR now, i'll probably loose alot of the critters, right?

i've noticed, slime spots on some of the base rock, i dunno if its a bit of crab that drifted, or if thats good?

no pictures for now, dont have a digital camera, i do have a scanner though, if i can figure it out.

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If you add the liverock now, you may lose very very little. If you want to wait, that's fine. But it will just likely make your cycle longer, that's all. If you are getting cured liverock out of a stores tanks, my guess is that there will be little on it anyways.

Is the slime spot clear, or colored?
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the slime spot was clear, it was more oily then anything. im not thinking much of it
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Yeah, sounds like decayed crabby.
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Update:

added 6lbs of LR to the tank today for the first time, ammonia was 2.0 eailier, hope your right DT
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It'll be fine.
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