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post #51 of 72 Old 03-19-2012, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, new readings in the 75g brackish are: Ammonia 0, nitrite 2, nitrate 80, and ph 7.8... hopefully I will see the nitrites drop off soon!!!
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post #52 of 72 Old 03-19-2012, 03:06 PM
ok, now that looks right in a cycling tank.
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post #53 of 72 Old 03-19-2012, 03:12 PM
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you know after reading this tread I'm a bit confused
I have a brackish setup for over 25 years ,
When it was set up all I used was crushed coral substraight
and a few corals and a chunk of rock from the beach , adding in just a small hand full of aquarium salt every so often after water changes , because the coral does the rest , the tank never was cycled other than the 3 days before I added my first fish , I never had 1 fish die until about 10 years later , never had 1 issue with nitrate ,ammonia or ph problems

37 gal bow front (saltwater)
octopus 150 skimmer
external penguin bio wheel 150 packed with cheato
ETH 200 watt inline heater
3 power heads 500gph
in line UV sterilizer

30 gal (brackish)
bio filter
under-gravel 2 power-heads 250gph

30 gal hex (freshwater)
bio filter
under gravel 2 power heads 170gph

Who ever said keeping fish was easy should have there head examined
It's more like a full time job !!!!
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post #54 of 72 Old 03-19-2012, 04:40 PM
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you know after reading this tread I'm a bit confused
I have a brackish setup for over 25 years ,
When it was set up all I used was crushed coral substraight
and a few corals and a chunk of rock from the beach , adding in just a small hand full of aquarium salt every so often after water changes , because the coral does the rest , the tank never was cycled other than the 3 days before I added my first fish , I never had 1 fish die until about 10 years later , never had 1 issue with nitrate ,ammonia or ph problems
From your description of the whole thing.....You got lucky. Brackish water is between 1.005-1.010. Its not a guessing game. Also, what do you think cycled your water for yoiu so fast?? All the biologicals in the dead coral, and rock yoiu added. And when you say corla does the rest, what does that mean?? The rock is the biological filter in that tank, althoguh the coral will grow some, not nearly what the rocks account for.
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post #55 of 72 Old 03-19-2012, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Wish me a speedy cycle! I'm anxious now, hopefully it won't be much longer. I plan on adding live rock as time goes on. I may eventually turn this setup into full marine. I just cann't wait to see those nitrites drop off!!! Do you still recommend no further doses?
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post #56 of 72 Old 03-19-2012, 09:28 PM
yup, no further dosing is needed, your ammonia has been takin down by the Nitrites, now your just waiting for the Nitrates to take those out.
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post #57 of 72 Old 03-21-2012, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, that still confuses me a little and contradicts a few things I've read, but that's what I'll do! So, my tank will be fully cycled when my nitrites drop to 0? Or should I does a small amount of ammonia after they reach 0 to see how fast it gets processed?
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post #58 of 72 Old 03-21-2012, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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by the way, will you check out my video Reefing Madness? the 2nd one without a thumbnail is the better of the two. Better camera than the 1st one that was on a cell phone. I would love input and ideas from you and anyone else that happens to read this!!!
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post #59 of 72 Old 03-21-2012, 10:44 AM
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Ok, that still confuses me a little and contradicts a few things I've read, but that's what I'll do! So, my tank will be fully cycled when my nitrites drop to 0? Or should I does a small amount of ammonia after they reach 0 to see how fast it gets processed?
Cycle= complete when, Ammonia and Nitrites are 0, and you can add livestock when your Nitrates are under 40.
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post #60 of 72 Old 03-21-2012, 10:54 AM
Dragon Goby home - 75 gallon Brackish fish tank

Look at this pic? I didn't see any vids on your Brackish tank, found pics though.
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