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Old 03-02-2011, 11:36 PM   #11
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i'm talking about cycling with livestock. not what happens at the end of a cycle. you could have added an ammonia source and saved the fish and snails some stress and possible death. many things would have worked. people use a piece of raw shrimp, fish, even pure ammonia straight from a bottle.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:39 PM   #12
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ok well thanks i didnt plan on adding anything for about another week its cycled for about 2 weeks and i have been checking the levels to wait untill they drop to
nitrate 0-20ppm(mg/l)
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alkalinity 180-300ppm(kh)
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but anyways thank you for you input its always good to hear someone with more infomation and insight than what i can read.

so suggestions?
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:45 PM   #13
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i suggest you add anything new very slowly. give time for the bacteria colony to grow and catch up with the larger bio load. i also suggest you run those lights minimally until you get some coral in there. in the beginning, the tank will be nutrient rich, and that + the light is a perfect environment for nuisance algae to take hold.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:50 PM   #14
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awsome thanks so much i was wondering about light running times. how long do you think i should run the lights?
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fish and crabs only need enough light to see to eat. if there is ambient light from the room, i wouldn't run them unless i wanted to view them. when you get photosynthetic additions, then you want to try and mimic the natural day. i like to run the lights at least 10 hours.
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ok awsome so i dont need to turn the lights on at all for now untill i get my tank stable and start to add corals. and is it needed to run the circulation pump i added yet or should i shut that down for now as well.
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yeah, you want to keep that water moving at all times. keep it on.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:05 AM   #18
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ok sounds good im gonna shut the lights down for now and im gonna leave the return pump on as well as the added circulation pump.

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