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post #11 of 18 Old 06-07-2010, 02:39 PM
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i use api and tetra as its what i have ATM but API will be the next one

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-07-2010, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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i will pick up those two kits today and post the results tonight guys.

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any time, that's what its all about

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post #14 of 18 Old 06-07-2010, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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well took a few readings today


80 degree
specific gravity: 1.024
ph 8.2
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 0 pp
ammonia 0 ppm
calcium 450ish ppm is that to high?
alkalinity 2.4

how does that look?
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i can not speak to the ALK (still learning myself LOL) but all others look perfect!!!!!!!! i would say go ahead and add your first fish and set up your QT after a week or two if all stays stable QT your next fish and go from there.... double check with wake and pasfur but i think you are on target and good to go....

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well took a few readings today


80 degree
specific gravity: 1.024
ph 8.2
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 0 pp
ammonia 0 ppm
calcium 450ish ppm is that to high?
alkalinity 2.4

how does that look?
These readings look good, except the Alkalinity. If you are posting this number in dKH it is very, very low (unless you are posting in meq/L units, but even this number is still low). You want the Alkalinity to be about 8-12 dKH or 2.86 - 4.29 meq/L. What units of measurement are you using? I would bring the temp down a degree or two if you can, also.



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post #17 of 18 Old 06-08-2010, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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it might be slightly higher than 2.4 maybe 2.5 meq/L, i will lower the temp a bit as well. Purchased 4 ocellaris clowns clowns last night and a cleaner crew, i wanted to pick up an anemone, but was told to wait longer.


how can i raise the alk?

thanks for all the great help everyone, really appreciate it, pretty neat seeing these little guys swim around, i will take some pics tonight.!
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-12-2010, 07:54 AM
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Your tank never cycled, in my opinion, because it was already cycled. When you think about saltwater you can't get hung up on the traditional freshwater cycling process. Very often you will see tanks that never register an ammonia or nitrite reading. Why? Because the live rock and sand already contain all the necessary bacteria to process waste, and in a tank with virtually no livestock, they even contain proper bacterias to remove Nitrate. EVEN FROM day 1.

Instead of watching for the tank to "cycle", I suggest waiting for it to "mature". At this point your tank is well on its way to maturity. Have you had a diatom bloom yet? Are you seeing coraline algae growth? Do you see micro life scurrying about on the glass, such as copepods and amphipods? If these answers are yes, then your tank is ready for livestock!
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