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Old 12-15-2011, 09:41 PM   #11
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I would keep some sort of current in the bucket like a small power head. And a heater too.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:24 AM   #12
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Okay, so i managed to get a 38g, to replace my 10g impulse buy tank. I've had it cycling for 2 days now, as well as my live rock cycling for 3 days in my 10g. They're all in the one aquarium now, so i dunno if i can call that a 5 day cycle. But i'm going to play it safe and call it 2 days. (hopefully that explanations makes some sense.

So this might have been jumping the gun, but i tested my water about half an hour ago, with the following results.

Ammonia = 0ppm
Nitrite = 0ppm
Nitrate = 10ppm
PH = 7.8

Is this a normal result for such a short cycle period?
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:27 AM   #13
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Here is a snapshot of my tank. Any scraping advice, comments would be appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:05 AM   #14
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The scape looks good to me... Lots of little caves and hides - fish will love it!
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:52 AM   #15
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No issues with switching though I would have gone with uncured rock to help the cycling of your tank. What are you currently using to cycle your tank? You need something to get the cycle going like a frozen piece of shrimp or a hardy fish like a damsel.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:09 AM   #16
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I have 30lbs of cured rock. 20lbs in the tank and another 10lbs of lr rubble in my Eheim chamber filter.
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Old 12-19-2011, 03:11 AM   #17
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Would adding macro algae at this stage be of any benefit? And or adding amphipods/copepods?
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Old 12-19-2011, 11:43 AM   #18
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Not really!
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:25 PM   #19
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This is such a boring stage of the hobby. I'm just trying to read as much literature as possible. Just to keep me distracted, and not stare at an empty fish tank. I think i would stare at growing algae... i've become obsessed, maybe even possessed with the possibilities of creating an SW ecosystem in my home.

So, just to keep myself busy, i've been trying to create a community tank, which will be reef safe, just in case i do go down the coral route in the future.

I definitely want clowns, 2x Ocellaris, 3x Cardinal, and some sort of Goby. I'm just worried about the Cardinals. I don't want a territorial battle commencing in front of my eyes. Does anybody have any experience with them, and how they interact as a group with the rest of the aquarium life?
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I too have become obsessed with the hobby. Outside of the navy I got a second job so I could have more money for it. And the cardinals are a peaceful fish so I would add them first. Not all at once though, two fish at a time. Then you could add the goby then for sure add the clowns last since they will be your most aggressive fish. If you add in that order you shouldn't have any issues with territory.

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