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Old 11-01-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
 
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i have a 29 gallon tank. 60 pounds/4 inches of cribsea arag-alive. i also have a aqua clear 30 that pumps 175 gallons per hour and a top fin 30 fresh water filter with pad filter. i have a heater and lights. the tank has been running for about a week.

salinity- 1.021
nitrate- 0
nitrite- 0
ammonia- 0- .25
pH- 8.0- 8.2
alkalinity- 3.5
calcium- 350mg/1

i need all the help i can get now. i do not have live rock. when should i get live rock? when should i get fish? when and what kind of CHEAP BUT STILL GOOD protein skimmer?
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:33 PM   #2
 
Check out EBAY for protein skimmers, alot of decent ones that would do fine for your size tank
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:48 PM   #3
 
okay.... i got a protein skimmer today.. where do i go from here? are all of my test okay?
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:56 PM   #4
 
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What skimmer did you purchase? As for live rock, it is normally added from the beginning, so the sooner the better.

How long has the tank been set up and what livestock do you have now? I can't comment on the test results yet, without more background.
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:12 PM   #5
 
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You beat me to it... got the skimmer before I finished typing my post. Oops... lol.
Can't wait to hear what you got. Everything else I posted remains the same.
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Old 11-01-2009, 05:17 PM   #6
 
i got the one you told me to get expect at a local pet store. i do not have any live stock yet. all i have is live sand. it has been running for a week.
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:59 AM   #7
 
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add the live rock immediately and wait for a month for the nitrogen cycle to complete. add shrimp to speed up the process. use live sand for substrate.

best of luck.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:31 AM   #8
 
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i got the one you told me to get expect at a local pet store. i do not have any live stock yet. all i have is live sand. it has been running for a week.
Again, WHAT BRAND and model of skimmer? There were several suggested above.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:36 PM   #9
 
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Whuppie....

I would like to apologize for the discussion that hijacked your thread. I have moved the discussion, for anyone who is interested in reading along or continuing the debate. Here is a link to the discussion:
Advanced Level discussion of filtration concepts

Everyone involved in this discussion agreed that it needs to be moved to avoid hijacking your original topic. Please do not let the discussion hinder your plans. Everyone here only wants to help your aquarium be successful!

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Old 11-03-2009, 05:50 PM   #10
 
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