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How does my tank look?
Old 03-19-2010, 08:05 PM   #11
 
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Nitrate: <5
Calcium: 420
Alkalinity: 8

Added supplements for Calcium and Alk.
These results look good. The Alkalinity is at the bottom of the acceptable range, but Calcium is still in a good range. What dosing system do you use? That Nitrate reading is probably insignificant. DOC's can mess with the Alkalinity, so if you were to have a Nitrate problem, falling Alkalinity would be a precursor to this. Does your Calcium stay around 420pp, while Alklinity needs heavier dosing?
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:10 PM   #12
 
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Not really. I don't supplement either much, but nothing in my tank takes a lot of 'em.

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Old 03-19-2010, 08:12 PM   #13
 
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Ok. Try to get that Alkalinity up to 9-10 dKH. But go slowly. Only increase the dose by .5 ml over the next few days. It is better to have that number in the higher range, as you have more time to see a problem coming.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:16 PM   #14
 
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Thanks for all this help. All in all, does my tank look good?
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:26 PM   #15
 
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It does. Good luck ever trying to get a pic of that Mandarin. I have had one in my 150 for a year and he's still camera shy.

That Yellow Tang might not do so well in an aquarium stocked like yours. He might show signs of being stressed and sickly as he grows. I would reccommend nothing shy of a 75 for an experienced hobbyist housing a Yellow Tang, or anything from the Zebrasoma genus specifically. They can be territorial and need a good amount of swimming room. Just keep an eye on him...

Everything else looks real nice. If you read through the saltwater section here, you will notice that we do not really rely on canister filters or HOT fiilters of any sort. We mainly use the Berlin Method of fitration as outlined in the article: Saltwater Filtration 101, How it Differs from Freshwater
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:32 PM   #16
 
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I am planning on trading in the tang before it can be stunted. Before, I had a Fiji Foxface and Blueline Rabbit (small ones) and the Fiji got ich and died in quarantine, but the Tang didn't. The death of the Blueline is another story. I thought it was dead when it got caught in my skimmer pump, and I waited to take it out. Soon after I got him out, he peacefully passed. I think the tang is relatively hardy. I also know I probably shouldn't have gotten those Rabbitfish.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:41 PM   #17
 
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supplements for Calcium and Alk will work better if you add them on alternate day's and if you have to add them together leave it at least 30 between them. i'm personally battling with alk should be between 12-14 kh
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:43 PM   #18
 
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Yeah, Rabbitfish are definitely for larger tanks, like over 6' in length.

Zebrasoma genus of tangs are a hardier bunch than other genera, but you are probably better off like you said.

I am glad to hear you quaratine your fish.
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:00 PM   #19
 
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Wow! Spectacular tank!
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:20 PM   #20
 
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Thank you! It was my best B-Day present ever. I am glad I'm still a kid and don't have to pay the $3,500 that has probably been invested into this.
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