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Old 05-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #11
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Thank you, you've been very helpful
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:03 PM   #12
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Just replied mate sorry didn't see the post above!
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:18 PM   #13
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I'll get some food in it tomorrow (haven't even bought that yet haha) can't see me getting any filters from anyone though. how long should I wait till I take a sample and what will they be looking for in the sample ph ?

Sorry to be a pain and nagging you with all these silly question
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:29 PM   #14
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Nah don't be daft mate it all depends to be honest mine took months (190 litre) drop a bit of food In there and leave it go (make sure the filter is on!) there's stages which let you know how far along your getting
First
Ammonia builds up
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Nitrite rises as ammonia decreases
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Nitrate builds up as nitrite decreases

Your going to need a checklist of things you need:

Water conditioner - add each time you do a water change

Test kit- don't let the fish shop keep taking your
Money, test it yourself!

If I were you I would take it slow and get it right first time otherwise it becomes demoralising and you'll end up giving it all up before you've even got started.....I know because I've been there!!!!!

Don't be afraid to ask questions though!!!!!!
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:44 PM   #15
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Is them 5 in 1 dip sticks the same or as good as a test kits
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Old 05-01-2012, 03:45 PM   #16
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They will do for now mate yeah not as accurate as liquid test kits (API freshwater test kit is the best) but they will be fine for now mate
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Please don't forget about the toxins in some corals (like zoas and palythoas)
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