Originally Posted by sgonzal6
The protein skimmer does have a little bit of white colored waste in it.
I emptied it right before I picked up my fish.
How long does it take to re-fill so to speak?
Acclimate what? The tank had salt water and live rock in it for 8 days in it before I took the sample. We added Stability each day for those 8 days.
So if the tank has not cycled yet why I am getting zero reading on the test on two separate days?
If the tank is indeed not cycled which it appears as not what is my next step.
i was referring to the clownfish. You said you drip acclimated it...how fast did you drip it? 1 drip a sec? 3 drips a sec? I guess its prb not that huge a deal b/c clown are fairly hardy and I'm assuming they were tank raised.
ok then...now I know what you mean when you said the intake pump for the sump. There's no intake pump...that pump is your skimmer pump which pumps water thru the skimmer unit.
You should also know that the skimmer will produce dark STINKY murky nasty stuff. I've never seen any skimate that was white. I'm assuming it was left in the cup from when you rinsed it during setup? Dont know what to tell ya there. Who helped you set this system up? It's reasonable to assume that you didn't. I only ask b/c they should be able to tell you what type of skimmer you have and what it's rated for.
There reason why it's possible (just possible) that the tank hgasn't cycled and ur not getting any ammonia readings is b/c either it hasn't started to spike ammonia yet. It it hasn't spiked ammonia, it wouldn't any nitrite or trates in the system yet. That's like the chicken before the egg.
you need ammonia first to get the other 2.
Now...clowns are hardy and while I'm not proud to say it....i cycled with 2 clowns once before. It was a major pain in the *** b/c i had to check ammonia levels every day (they would be 2 and 4!) and have to change out 20-25% water change every single day to bring the ammonia levels down to where the clowns would endure it. My wife got jumpy and bought them before cycle was over.
It sucked big time, BUT.....they survived and I have them now. They look great, but if the ammonia levels weren't kept at a lower level, they wouldn't have made it.
I really hope your cycled brother b/c those really are cool looking coral pieces and I highly doubt they would have a chance.
All this might be jumping the gun And you may b e cycled. Just trying to figure it out.