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Old 01-28-2012, 06:51 PM   #71
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Thanks for the advice. I may put off spray painting the back for some other time though, because I would need to move the tank from the upstairs to either the garage or the basement (ventilated area) if I wanted to do it. And it's just too much of a hassle right now. Would be nice if I could just do it in the room upstairs haha.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:07 PM   #72
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Doesn't have to be spray paint. Rolling it on with a roller works too btw
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:15 PM   #73
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Yea, did see that some people painted on the back of their tanks. I am going to purchase some self adhesive black vinyl for the time being and will eventually paint or spray paint the back.

UPDATE: Tested my water today, and here are the results
pH = 7.6, Ammonia = 4.0ppm, Nitrite = 0ppm, and Nitrate 0ppm
So far everything seems to be where it needs to be. One question I did have though is that it says I should try and maintain 4.0ppm for as long as possible, and eventually I will no longer be able to maintain 4.0ppm. Anyone know what it means to "maintain" 4.0ppm?
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:27 PM   #74
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hey scott

we have the same set up! I have a 36g bf i bought from petsmart but I switched out the aqeon filter for AC 50 ( since it goes for a 50g tank). are u doing salt or fresh? I find the mondo grass grows very well with the light provided w very little maintance! good luck
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:51 PM   #75
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kelley - Hello, and welcome! I am doing freshwater. Instead of purchasing a different filter, I purchased another Aqueon filter which is good up to 20g. I changed the stock bulb for a Coralife 50/50 17W T8. It's 50% 10,000K Daylight 50% True Actinic Bluelight. Eventually I will invest in a T5HO fixture.

Do you currently have fish in your tank? If so, did you cycle your tank using fish, or did you do a fishless cycle? Do you have a backing on your tank? Also, any other additional information or suggestions you have are much appreciated! =)
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Old 01-28-2012, 11:44 PM   #76
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Yea, did see that some people painted on the back of their tanks. I am going to purchase some self adhesive black vinyl for the time being and will eventually paint or spray paint the back.

UPDATE: Tested my water today, and here are the results
pH = 7.6, Ammonia = 4.0ppm, Nitrite = 0ppm, and Nitrate 0ppm
So far everything seems to be where it needs to be. One question I did have though is that it says I should try and maintain 4.0ppm for as long as possible, and eventually I will no longer be able to maintain 4.0ppm. Anyone know what it means to "maintain" 4.0ppm?
From what I've heard you have to top the ammonia back up to 4ppm once it reaches 1ppm or lower or once a day once the cycle starts progressing. I'm not 100% on that though. Never done a fishless myself.
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Mumma - Thanks, I reread the instructions from the link you sent me and that's also what I got from it. To wait until it drops to 1ppm and then dose it back to 4ppm. I have a question regarding the API Master Test Kit. I tested the pH of my water using both the low and the high range pH solutions. And yes, I put the solutions into separate tubes. The odd thing is when I use the the regular pH test, I get a reading of what looks to be 7.6, but when I test the water with the high range solution, I get a reading of 8.2, according to the color chart. Ever hear of anything like this? Just though this was weird. Also, isn't my pH too high then? And if it is, any good suggestions on lowering it? Thanks for all your help!

UPDATE: After doing some research, I guess it's a good thing that my pH is currently on the high end. I assume I shouldn't be worried about the pH until after my cycle is finished and I am ready to put my first fish into their new home, whew.
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The high range kit picks up where the low range stops. So if your getting 7.6 on the low and 8.2 on the high your pH is 8.2. 8.2 isn't too high. If your pH was in the 9s or 5s then you would have an issue. Most fish can adapt fine to any pH as long as it is stable. Once you start messing with it causing fluctuations the fish can get stressed and sick or even die from it. So it's best to leave it be.
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The high pH may be an issue if I want to keep GBR's. While I know that each species differs depending on how they were raised, as well as other factors, I found that the general consensus is a pH range of 6.4 - 6.8 for GBR's. I also heard that they prefer soft water, so I plan to go get a GH and KH kit tomorrow. I still have to look up what GH and KH range I should be aiming for.
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Try and find local bred GBR. Ones born and raised in higher pH. They should be fine. Another option is using half RO water and half tap water to lower everything. There is a thread called 'pH and rams' or something like that. I didn't read it but it should contain some useful info on the matter. I'm positive there are members that have GBRs in hard, high pH water.
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