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Old 07-31-2007, 10:39 PM   #11
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You definitely need to find another LFS but more importantly I would recommend reading and research. "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert Fenner is a good publication. Asking a lot of questions and reading replies to other threads on sites like this is also helpful. Lastly, many forums post articles on various topics that I found helpful. There's a lot to learn before you begin pumping money into a Reef tank. If not you are bound to lose a lot of money and even worse, livestock.

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Old 08-01-2007, 07:09 PM   #12
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I did not have any left over water from the LFS that I used to fill my tank. However, I did stop by that same LFS today to buy some. I tested it when I got home and it read a true 0-Nitrate. My aquarium is reading about 10ppm. So that is good new for me.

I did purchase some RO water from a different LFS about a week ago and I put about 1-gallon of that water in my tank after I purchased it. I tested the water from that store and it had a reading of 10+ for Nitates. I won't be going there anymore.
So unless the 1-gallon of water from the bad LFS I added to my 75-gallon tank caused it to go up to 10ppm, I think I have achieved a cycle even though I never saw a spike.
I did read an entire book on saltwater aquariums before I went out and purchased anything. The book was published in 2007 so it had all of the up to date stuff. I also read a lot on the internet. However, I don't think any one piece can contain all of the information for this hobby. Especially for a weird situation like mine with no spikes. I will consider that publication you recommended too. The one thing the book and the store did not mention but I wish they had was a fishless cycle.
I did not find this site until I already got started, but this has been a great find, as I appreciate all of the advice from everybody.

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Old 08-01-2007, 08:47 PM   #13
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There are a lot of people here to help and provide great information. I find answers to most of my questions here. Again, good luck and don't hesitate to ask any questions or post pics .
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I've had a pretty similar experience in my 55 gal tank started about 2 months ago. My ammonia and nitrite levels have consistently remained at 0 while my nitrates were at 0 to start and have stayed under 10ppm. I put 20 pounds of live rock and have added here and there, with 60 pounds now. Most was already cured and I have experienced little to no die off. Because you have LR in as well that's already cured, I'm guessing that your filtration system is already working the way it's supposed to. I've heard a lot of different experiences re: LR and the die off, but the LFS I got it from is very good, and has good LR to choose from.
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:01 PM   #15
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You know,,,, its been a while, but I dont think I remember seeing any significant spikes when I was starting my tank. I started out with a few Damsels then in a month or so moved up to cardinals and never really had any trouble with the tank. Had to get rid of the damsels for tank bullying though.

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