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Old 09-18-2014, 11:11 PM   #1
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New 29g tank....finally

Finally, finally, finally got my rock.....so here's my thread
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I got ro di water a month ago and that's all been cycling and I had a clown and dotty back but they tragically died. Wasn't a good day. Did 50% wc and added 5 mollies and all levels have been at 0-nitrates, ammonia, salinity at 23-24, temp @80 for 3 weeks. Tonight added the rock and 4 zebra herms and did another wc. Now I search for a skimmer, power head and new lighting oh and more money....lol. Suggestions on those would be greatly appreciated. I plan on a pair of clowns, a blenny, a shrimp, but with the ut-most patience I can conjure up. Click image for larger version

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Looks pretty good. I like the way you rock is placed.
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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Old 09-20-2014, 12:13 AM   #4
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Daily update.....salinity-22, ammonia-0, nitrites.25, ph 7.4. All 4 crabs and mollies accounted for. Noticed a slight smell, normal I'm guessing. Question....with new rock I was going to do weekly wc's or do I do sooner as it is newer cured rock?


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Well, you are smelling most likely your ammonia source going on in your tank. Usually goes away when the ammonia is...your nitrite might be pointing to something like this going on.
In terms of water changes, when your tank is fully cycled you should do weekly water changes to keep the nitrate levels in check. Usually 10%.
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Tank update...salinity-22, ammonia -0, nitrites-0, ph 7.8, slight smell but just smells like a fish tank to me, nothing rancid. All critters accounted for. Gonna check levels again on Thursday and if they are still the same going to do 10-15% wc. Hopefully power heads are here so I can take these mollies out and add my clowns and blenny. Oh the joys of waiting


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Old 09-26-2014, 12:26 AM   #7
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New 29g tank....finally

So the smell is gone. Before wc this am salinity-22, ammonia-0, ph 7.8 and nitrites-25. Did a 25% wc and 5 hours later levels were all at 0, ph 7.8 and salinity at 22. Temp is at 78. Lost 1 hermit crab-URGH. Don't know if there's enough in there for him to eat?? Going fish shopping this weekend. Hopefully gonna get a pair of clowns and price lighting and get different light bulbs. Gotta get the mollies outta of there. I know they are brackish but it feels wrong have them in both my freshwater and saltwater tank.


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If you have nitrites, you will end up poisoning your fish. You want to be unable to detect any ammonia or nitrite.
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Checked levels 5 hours after wc and no nitrates, no nitrites, no ammonia and ph @7.8


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