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Old 02-10-2013, 04:01 PM   #1
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Have you decided how you are going to cycle your tank yet? I've only dealt with saltwater for a year now and just set up my 29g biocube, so it's all recent to me if you have any questions
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I cycled the tank for two weeks with live sand and the water testing was perfect. Then I added live rock and cycled for two weeks the water testing shows high phosphate, specific gravity and nitrate. I replaced some water today but only 2 gallons of distilled water - I'm thinking I should do more water exchange?
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Welcome to the patience tests of salt water!! If you have no true inhabitants I would suggest using a table shrimp, though this process can take upwards of 6 months- my 40g took 2 months to stabilize, and then I had a mini cycle when I added my green spotted puffer, got stuck in phosphate. What type of salt mix are you using? Are you wanting a Fish Only With Live Rock (aka FOWLR) or are you interested in corals and reef?
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I am using Instant ocean for my salt mix. I would love to do corals and invertebrates but aren't those harder than fish to take care of? I thought it would be easier to start with fish and move to corals/invertebrates. If this thinking is wrong I will probably start with corals then. I will have to get my nitrates and phosphate corrected prior to adding anything though?
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After my replacement if 2 gallons my nitrate has dropped to 20ppm, phosphate to 0 and Specific gravity to 1.025. My pH has remained the same after adding some pH buffer. Added more today
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