My 55 Gal Saltwater Build - Page 2 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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post #11 of 62 Old 08-23-2013, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
I do have a LFS, but dont much care for them. I have my old 48" light from the tank that i may trade for some rock from them, but dont know yet. The logo, is there because thats where the picture is hosted. No advertising or anything like that on purpose, i just loaded them in my aquarium log on this page and then put that link as the picture, and it automatically added the link. Just easier that way and looks cleaner than the way i was adding pictures before.
I just took parameters, it may be a bit premature to tell anything, but i wanted a baseline of where im starting at so i can compare for the next few weeks. Right now im at
76.8F temp.
8.2 PH,
.50ppm Ammonia
.50ppm Nitrite
20ppm Nitrate
300ppm Calcium
1.21 Salinity
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post #12 of 62 Old 08-23-2013, 10:00 PM
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If you add some more live rock,bump up the temp a little and increase the flow you can speed up the bacterial process slightly and have a shorter cycle, Is your skimmer pulling gunk out?

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post #13 of 62 Old 08-23-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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If you add some more live rock,bump up the temp a little and increase the flow you can speed up the bacterial process slightly and have a shorter cycle, Is your skimmer pulling gunk out?
I havent seen any gunk in the skimmer yet, but ima clean it in a few minutes actually. I may make a trip to the LFS tomorrow to buy some of their rock or trade for it hopefully since i dont need this old crappy light anymore. I wish i had a good LFS around here, but unfortunately i dont, and im not much for petco and online takes so long to get anything and cost a ton for shipping. It would be nice to shorten the cycle, but i know these things take time, and im already prepared to wait for the cycle to start and finish.
What would be a good temperature to have the tank at? i know alot of fish need 72-78ish so i was trying to keep it around that.
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post #14 of 62 Old 08-23-2013, 11:22 PM
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since your not doing fish yet 78-80 would be ideal.then you can bump it down. If you want I can ship you some live sand and maybe some rubble for a future trade in a coral,if your up for it?

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post #15 of 62 Old 08-24-2013, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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since your not doing fish yet 78-80 would be ideal.then you can bump it down. If you want I can ship you some live sand and maybe some rubble for a future trade in a coral,if your up for it?
not sure i understand what you mean by a future trade in a coral.
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post #16 of 62 Old 08-24-2013, 12:17 PM
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Forgive me,I have not been on this forum for some time. On a couple other forums I frequent and were I live,it is a common practice to exchange corals as to reduce price,increase availability, and reduce collection of the corals them selves. Basically sometimes instead of cash one would take a small piece of one of there corals ,that the other person does not have, and exchange it for something else they want for there tank.

A "future" coral exchange would be later when you have things going your way and you actually have some thing you can take a frag from and feel comfortable doing so.

In this instance I would be willing to send you a jump start package with macro algae,rock,and sand if in the future you would put a tiny coral back into the box that the package came in and send it back to me with the coral frag.
If thats something you might be interested in then I am down,if you like to spend money that alright too. I am sure there is something at your Local Pet Store, or maybe they can order you something on there shipments.

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post #17 of 62 Old 08-24-2013, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
Oh ok, Sorry, im new to the whole thing, so i dont know any of the terminology. That would be great if you were willing to do that for me.
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post #18 of 62 Old 08-27-2013, 11:44 AM
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I sent out your jump start package so you should get some inoculating goodness here by thursday at the latest. Just open the bags and add some of you water to them,wait about 15-20 minutes and repeat,then add em to your tank.I sent a small amount of various micro animals so some of them should get you going along with the bacteria.
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post #19 of 62 Old 08-27-2013, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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I sent out your jump start package so you should get some inoculating goodness here by thursday at the latest. Just open the bags and add some of you water to them,wait about 15-20 minutes and repeat,then add em to your tank.I sent a small amount of various micro animals so some of them should get you going along with the bacteria.
Sounds awesome. Im really looking forward to it. Cant say thanks enough!
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I sent out your jump start package so you should get some inoculating goodness here by thursday at the latest. Just open the bags and add some of you water to them,wait about 15-20 minutes and repeat,then add em to your tank.I sent a small amount of various micro animals so some of them should get you going along with the bacteria.
What a swell guy.
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