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Old 03-04-2013, 03:12 AM   #11
 
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No need for a skimmer in that size tank as long as you have enough LR in there. You can also look for a product called purigen ( they cut to size for your filter) or chemipure elite (you'll want the smallest one they sell) and run one or both of those in your hang on back filter. No need to run the normal carbon filters in your HOB filter when using these and they work great. I use both but it's not neccesary.
Thanks, I will look them up. What does "LR" stand for?
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:28 AM   #12
 


This is the tank with the other live rocks that were added. I have a feeling I will be conducting a water change within the next day or so. I haven't read the levels yet because I just got home. I am about to jump in the shower but wanted to shoot these pictures on here real quick.



Looking at this rock makes me feel like I will be doing a water change. Can you guys see what is growing on the rock already? Can someone enlighten me, or do you need the readings first?



I know I was saying we got crabs, but looking at these things, I believe we got snails.



and there is the perppermint shrimp, just hanging out.

EDIT: I thought the pictures would be bigger, my apologies, I took them on my iPhone 4S
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:14 AM   #13
 
Alright Gentlemen, sorry for the double post.

Here are my readings

Salinity: 1.025
High Range PH: 7.8
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Ammonia: 0.25 ppm
Nitrate: 5.0 ppm

So, what does this tell you guys?
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:27 AM   #14
 
Looks good there. Snails yup. YOu may end up with a few dead ones, you may not, with your tank going through the Nitrogen Cycle
Here is a rough idea of the Cycle your looking at.
http://www.petco.com/caresheets/fish/NitrogenCycle.pdf

LR stands for Live Rock.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:34 AM   #15
 
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Looks good there. Snails yup. YOu may end up with a few dead ones, you may not, with your tank going through the Nitrogen Cycle
Here is a rough idea of the Cycle your looking at.
http://www.petco.com/caresheets/fish/NitrogenCycle.pdf

LR stands for Live Rock.
Thanks for that info! What can you tell me about my readings? My ammonia and nitrates seem to be a bit high
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #16
 
Your tank is still in cycle. Those numbers can jump all over the place in a 6 weeks time span. After that, your Ammonia and Nitrites will read 0 and your safe to add fish and other critters when your Nitrates get under 40.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:44 AM   #17
 
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How deep is that sandbed? If it is 4" - 6", you will form a layer of anaerobic bacteria that will actually complete the Nitrogen cycle and turn those Nitrates into Nitrogen Gas (which leaves the system naturally). This is a good thing and if you grab a powerhead or two you can get rid of that filter also. Filters do the opposite of what we are trying to achieve in a Marine Aquarium, they build up excess Nitrates. There is no area on a filter that anaerobic bacteria can grow and therefore no way for the Nitrogen Cycle to change Nitrates to Nitrogen Gas.

Here is an illustration of a system that utilizes anaerobic bacteria:
a_654_AquaNitrogenCycle.jpg
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