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Old 04-09-2012, 08:23 PM   #11
 
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They did bully a little bit, but I've got a wrasse, a coral beauty, clown, and a tang and the damsel is doing fine with them now.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
 
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You can scrub the rock off using a dish scrubber or something of that type, tooth brush is a bit small. No need to use SW as its just been sitting out and its dead anyways.
Rinse out the sand before puttin in the tank. Rinse out the tnak with vineagar and water, rinse well after you give it a lil scrubbing.
Fill tank half way with salt water that has been mixed up at least 24hrs prior. Put sand in. Then you can Aquascape, making sure you push the rock to the bottom of the tank, before setting another piece on top of it.
All the other things you have listed will work for ya. On thing to keep in mind though, that tank will go through a normal 4-6 weeks cycle, as the bacteria is no longer alive on any of the things you have.
You;ll still need tesing equipment.
Ammonia
Nitrites
Nitrates
Refractometer to measure SG (Specific Gravity)
Maybe I should clarify about the state of the tank. I was sent a picture and the water has just been left to sit in the tank and has evaporated to about halfway. My friend just drained the tank down to the sand bed so the rock is no longer in the water. The tank looks very green from algae growth most likely. There should still be bacteria/life in the sand bed.

Should I rinse the sand with SW? Probably nothing to hope for on the rock. Do you think the sand will be enough to seed the rock?

Thanks for the tips on cleaning and setting up the tank. That's exactly what I was looking for.

I have freshwater ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test. These should work ok for SW right?

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Old 04-09-2012, 10:01 PM   #13
 
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I have freshwater ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test. These should work ok for SW right?
You need to download the saltwater color charts if the test kit is API then you can get them from here.

The Nitrite test is the same color chart, Ammonia and Nitrate are not.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:05 PM   #14
 
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You need to download the saltwater color charts if the test kit is API then you can get them from here.

The Nitrite test is the same color chart, Ammonia and Nitrate are not.
Awesome, thanks!
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:37 AM   #15
 
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Maybe I should clarify about the state of the tank. I was sent a picture and the water has just been left to sit in the tank and has evaporated to about halfway. My friend just drained the tank down to the sand bed so the rock is no longer in the water. The tank looks very green from algae growth most likely. There should still be bacteria/life in the sand bed.

Should I rinse the sand with SW? Probably nothing to hope for on the rock. Do you think the sand will be enough to seed the rock?

Thanks for the tips on cleaning and setting up the tank. That's exactly what I was looking for.

I have freshwater ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test. These should work ok for SW right?
Its very possible that you still have some life in that sand bed. Yes, rinse it well in SW, this will keep them teaming. And will help your tank cycling, and seeding the Rock.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:20 AM   #16
 
I came home last night and took off to the fish store. I picked up a 20 gallon stand, salt and hydrometer. Went to walmart and picked up 4 5 gallon jugs of RO water from their machine and 2 5 gallon buckets for tank maintenance.

I got the sand out of the old tank and rinsed out in SW. Scrubbed out the old tank and got the new stand in place. I added 10 gallons of water to the tank and got all the sand transferred over. Then i called it quits. I woke up this morning and the tank is still pretty cloudy. I'm sure it'll clear up in a day or two. I'm running one koralia nano 425 at the top of the water line pointing towards the middle front for circulation. Should I keep this up? Please forgive the cell phone pics my camera battery died and we can't find the charger



I had some time this morning so I started scrubbing the rock I got. I scrubbed it pretty good but there is still some color to the rock. As soon as the tank clears enough for me to see what is happening in there I'll start scaping. Not sure how I'm going to place that oblong flat peice yet. I like it though.

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Old 04-11-2012, 07:31 PM   #17
 
Throw the rock in there, worry about the scaping when it clears. The presesnce of the rock being there will actually help that cause.
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Old 04-11-2012, 08:44 PM   #18
 
Great, thanks for the help
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Old 04-12-2012, 10:54 AM   #19
 
Got the rock put into the tank last night and woke up to a mouch improved tank.



I'll keep posting with progress. Hopefully I'll get it filled up and scaped tonight. Any suggestions for scaping are welcome.
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Old 04-12-2012, 11:11 AM   #20
 


Scaping is all in what you want your tank to look like.

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