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Old 02-07-2008, 12:26 AM   #31
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I plan on removing about 1/2 the sand the next time I do a water change. Is there anything I can do besides paying attention, to keep my tank more stable (no special secrets?) Is it considered too unstable for a porcelain crab or shrimp?
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:25 AM   #32
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Just keep an eye on your perameters . Once all are at 0 Ammonia , NitrIte, and NitrAte under 20 ( this will go down with water changes) You can start to add a little at a time .Any time you add any thing you will go through a micro cycle till your biological bacteria can catch up ... When removing the sand just use a piece of tubing and siphion off the top inch , dont try and do it all at once a bit at a time you should be fine You can place your extra sand in your sump that you are doing
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Can I make my coralline algae spread without a real light system?
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Coraline grows with proper ca and alk levels ... And tends to grow in darker areas , it can take several months for it to grow , and once it gets a foothold you will cuss that it is on the viewing panes of glass LOL . But it will grow for you , just give it time
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So does this mean i need to get calcium and an alkalinity test kit? Because i have not done so. Would i need supplements of both to make sure that they are at the right level?
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You should not need to add anything. Yes you will need test kits if you want to know where it is at . And if you have corals that are calcium users such as LPS you will need to know your levels and if you plan on dosing you will need to test . However
IF your levels show to be low just increase your H20 changes (not frequencey ) and that should raise it up . I just tested mine and it was a bit low 380 I keep mine at 420 after a H20 change it was up and fine no dosing needed . Most trace elements can be replenished via H20 changes ...I use to do 10% water changes now I have increased them to 15% -20% weekly and this keeps me where I need to be ... dosing is such a dangerous thing in a nano and can go wrong quickly . When I use to dose I did so via a syringe /drip method over a 8 hour period and tested in between and found that I was getting further by increasing my H20 changes from 10 % to 15%-20% weekly .
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due to a health issue my switching to a 29g is on hold...
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Sorry to hear that get well soon
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dislocated/broke the ball off my shoulder while wrestling at districts so at least now i have some free time to spend messing with the ole aquarium lots of pain
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