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Old 03-21-2012, 12:32 PM   #61
 
No, it was attached to my other tank. Acclimation/Quarantine Tank - 10 gallon Brackish fish tank
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:07 PM   #62
 
My tank is reading 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites! The nitrates are very high again, somewhere in between I'm guessing to be 80-160. API gets kinda vague in the higher nitrate levels My tank should be cycled, right? I'm preparing for my last big water change. What percentage of water should this water change should be? I've got 4 5 gallon buckets, 2 2 gallon buckets, and a 13 gallon trash can all with bubble stones in them to dissolve the salt.
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Old 03-24-2012, 08:25 PM   #63
 
WOW, thats high. 50% will knock them in half.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:13 PM   #64
 
Yes, very high. But my tank is cycled, right? I've bought an additional 30 gallon tub. It's got a marine mix dissolving right now. I plan on lowering the SG in the 75g tank on this massive water change to get closer to the 1.004 in my other tank. then bring it up slowly once the fish are in. I just need to get them in there soon. I just bought a ropefish (he was bought in freshwater!) that is in a bucket(with a lid after a few attempted escapes!!!) with a heater and a drip coming from my 10 gallon of SG 1.004. So the grand total of fish is 1 Dragon Goby, 3 Bumblebee gobies, 2 Freshwater Flounders, and the Ropefish(as soon as he's acclimated). That's a lot of fish to have in a 10 gallon. That's why I'm in a rush to get them in the 75g. If I lower the SG in the 75g tank to around 1.006, and acclimate the fish over a few hours from 1.004, they should be fine, right?
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:59 AM   #65
 
THats alot of fish to throw in tnto a newly cycled tank. Hope your tank doesn't go into a mini cycle with all those fish. But to answer your question, yes, your tnak is done cycling, just knock those Trates down to 40, and you'll be ok adding fish at that time.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:04 PM   #66
 
Did a massive water change and got the nitrates down to about 20. slowly acclimated the fish, one species at a time, to make up for the 1.0015 SG difference and any other variations in the water. All the fish are very small, and seem to be doing great. I realize that it's a lot of fish, but I'm prepared to do numerous water changes if the need be. I will be monitoring ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels closely. I have about 20 gallons of water brewing right now... I will get videos and some more pics soon. Had to take out one of the powerheads also... Too much current, the poor little Bumblebees were getting blown around like leaves. I've got it settled down now. Current is still strong enough to keep smaller particles in constant motion around to bottom of the tank.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:07 PM   #67
 
Right on. Sounds like you got it under control.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:46 PM   #68
 
Thanks for all your help. I believe following your advice got me through this a lot better than I could've alone. It's funny though, the tank looks the same as it does a month ago. A little differently decorated and that's it. Everyone's found hiding holes except for the flounders, they just disappeared under the sand, lol. Maybe in a few weeks I'll get the archer pair I want to give me some fish that don't hide on the bottom.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:09 PM   #69
 
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:11 PM   #70
 
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Thanks for all your help. I believe following your advice got me through this a lot better than I could've alone. It's funny though, the tank looks the same as it does a month ago. A little differently decorated and that's it. Everyone's found hiding holes except for the flounders, they just disappeared under the sand, lol. Maybe in a few weeks I'll get the archer pair I want to give me some fish that don't hide on the bottom.
More than one? In a 75g? With your salinity at what now?
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