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Old 01-03-2012, 11:16 PM   #11
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Also, when you are cycling, you don't need to turn the lights on. It will only fuel algae.
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Didn't know that, I thought I read to cycle them on and off. I have them on about 11 hrs a day
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:21 PM   #13
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I went to my lfs and got a new nitrate test kit. It's the same brand (API), but that's all they had besides test strips. My reading now is somewhere between the 40-80 colors. A little hard to tell, but m pretty sure it's not the dark 160 color.
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Today my ammonia was 0, nitrites .5, and nitrates 80+. I also got a phosphate kit and it read 5ppm. Any more advice would be great. Thanks for all the help
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Did a good cleaning today and did an 80% water change. I also switched the stock pump for a maxi-jet 1200 and installed the oceanic uv sterilizer. I know, that pump is probably too much flow for that uv, but I had it and installed it. My salinity is now at 1.023. Ammonia 0, nitrites 0, nitrates 40, and phosphates about .5. When should I do my next water change, a few days? When can I add some of the cuc I plan to have? Thanks for all the help so far. I'm loving this already



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Don't add any creatures you can't supply food for. If you don't have any abundant algae, don't add algae eaters. The same goes for detritus eaters, and meaty food eaters.
I don't think you need a UV sterilizer. Slowly raise the salinity to .025 or so.
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Ok thanks. When do u think my pwc should be?
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