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post #11 of 18 Old 02-16-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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1.024 sal
0 ammonia
60 or 70s nitrate
0 nitrite
7.8 ph
120 alk
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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OKAY finally got my stuff today for my 29 gallon!
Day one put the salinity to 1.024
got everything hooked up and where I want it... thru some live rock in with my dry rock, I am unsure if I like this dry rock but it will have to do now. :D
60 lbs all together
Turned on the light for a minute just to spread out the sand..


Do i need to hook up my skimmer asap or can I let the tank just build up for a few days to help the cycle process?
Let the fun begin.
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post #13 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
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ooo another question... the hydrometer i got with the 20 gallon says .024.... and my new instant ocean one they sent me reads higher... 27 or 28.... which do I trust ;/
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post #14 of 18 Old 02-18-2012, 09:55 AM
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i suggest spending the $20-30 for a refractometer ( check ebay )

the skimmer can go on now, or in a few days that wont matter much but keep in mind it will take a few days - week to "break in"
if its brand new, maybe give it a run in alittle vinegar and water to help get any factory oils off, i would atleast give it a rinse.
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-19-2012, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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It wasnt a new one i had it on my 20gallon to suppliment the ehiem can filter.

So i have a problem... I bought 2 pep shrimp for the twenty and the clown fish attacked one... Shocking it to death... Within 3 hrs of it being put in....
That was three days ago i called the lfs i got them from and they said to cover it with a blanket taking all the daylight out... So ive done that the past 2 days... Didnt even have the lights on yesterday. and i wake up this morning and find the carcuss of the other one.... Some tenticals and the whole tail end...
Wtf i thought these were mello fish. And shrimp help the fish.
I did look yesterday and the shrimp was fine so it mustve happen over night
I did a water change right away when i saw it... sucked it all out.
What do i do!!!
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-21-2012, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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UPDATE!!
day four I think.. definatly something happening today
sal 1.023 little low i like .024
ph 8.2
ammonia is 2.0 ppm range :D
nitrite 0
rates 0

so the tank is doing what is supposed to.. :D
its just so hard to wait...
as for the 20 gallon... posted something on craigslist looking for help with the aptisia people have said to get aptasia x stuff and squirt it.
do i need a turkey bastor or what?
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post #17 of 18 Old 02-21-2012, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-07-2012, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Added some snails 4 and 7 hermi crabs.... Clean up has begun
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