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Old 01-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #861
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Thank you! Ill probably buy the nice piece and yes, hope lol! I think ill do shrimp too, much easier imo
Get regular pieces then add the good pieces at the end of your cycle.

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Old 01-05-2012, 08:52 PM   #862
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Get regular pieces then add the good pieces at the end of your cycle.
Ok, wont that cause a mini cycle or somthing with new die off? Or will my BB be able to handle it?
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It will but should clear up in a day. The die off won't be that huge and the bacteria should take care of it.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:14 PM   #864
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It will but should clear up in a day. The die off won't be that huge and the bacteria should take care of it.
Ok good haha. Maybe ill look at all the cool pieces, and pick the one i like best to add later.

Could i cycle with just a shrimp? Then add the lr to seed after the cycle?
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:34 PM   #865
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I really don't like how it smells but if you can stand it then go ahead. I would add a lot of the live rock now and then pick a few cool pieces when its done cycling.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:04 PM   #866
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I really don't like how it smells but if you can stand it then go ahead. I would add a lot of the live rock now and then pick a few cool pieces when its done cycling.
Pshh you have a sensitive nose...lol

Guys, is this natural? We have salt buildup on top of the lid..what the heck??
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:19 PM   #868
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Will i lose alot of salt this way? Will that lower my salinity?
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No, you will be fine. Your top off with non-saltwater is allowed because of that.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:36 PM   #870
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You'll have to wash it off like once a week. Especially on the lights.
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One of the many reasons i dont use a top. Keeping the hood clean was dumb.
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Old 01-05-2012, 11:42 PM   #872
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Haha okay...that kinda sucks tho
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Its not that bad once you get used to it. They clean off pretty fast with vinegar and water.
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Its not that bad once you get used to it. They clean off pretty fast with vinegar and water.
Ya true. Agreed, its okay.

Ok guys, you know what day it is today??
Friday!!!
Maybe ill get my rocks today
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I hope so! You seem to be have been waiting forever! LOL
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I hope so! You seem to be have been waiting forever! LOL
Haha i know!! Im going to take a pic and put it on here every time i open the box juuust a little bit lol!! Jk

The tracking says it should be here today at the latest...if not i will be very confused!
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I never used a glass lid on my tanks because the lack of gas exchange caused my pH to drop down to about 7.8. Here is an easy DIY project for you guys that is really cheap, won't block out light, and will keep your fish from carpet surfing. Your light will need to have mounting legs to make this work.
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I never used a glass lid on my tanks because the lack of gas exchange caused my pH to drop down to about 7.8. Here is an easy DIY project for you guys that is really cheap, won't block out light, and will keep your fish from carpet surfing. Your light will need to have mounting legs to make this work.
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Cool! So not enough oxygen got into your tank? And whats carpet surfing?

Im not sure how i'd make legs, think i could get them from the maker?
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Most fixtures have mounting legs that come with them, or at least that you can buy.

Carpet surfing is when your fish jump out of your tank.

I didn't have enough gas exchange, so pH dropped. Once I removed the lid, it went back up to 8.2. pH is generally higher during the day and the drops at night, but that wasn't it- I tested many times day and night just to be sure it was the lid.
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Wow that is weird about the ph. I never would have guessed it was the lid.

Ill look into getting the legs for sure
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