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Old 01-09-2010, 01:18 PM   #31
 
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The rock arrived at about 11am so I placed all of it in the Rubbermaid tub and took my power head out of the fish tank and placed it in the tub for circulation. I do not have a test for ammonia so as long as the Nitrite test comes out 0 in the tub tomorrow morning does that mean there is no Ammonia and it is safe to add the new rock to the fish tank or do I need to go buy an ammonia test?

Also on the power head subject; I only have the one Maxi-Jet 400 that circulated the water (outside of my skimmer and Emperor). Is that enough or should I get a more powerful one?

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:59 PM   #32
 
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I think the one Maxi Jet 400 is fine. I hate to say it, but yes, you really need to test for ammonia, and need to have the ammonia kit on hand anyhow.

Brad, if you want to send a sample home with Zachary on Monday, I will be happy to test it for you. Stephanie will be picking him up around 4:30 at your mom's.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:02 PM   #33
 
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Thanks, but if it is something that I will need later anyway then I'll just pick one up tomorrow at the LFS. Thanks for the offer.

Also the clown has not made a place in the sand I think what you are seeing is the blue piece of fossil coral that is laying next to him/her. The way it is acting I will not be surprised if it does not last much longer, but I thought that about the FoxFace more than a week ago and he is still alive
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:58 AM   #34
 
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Well I lost the Clown fish (as posted in a different thread), so I’m moving on with the Foxface and Sailfin Tang. Once the tank is finished cycling I'll look to get a few more clown.

I picked up the Ammonia test at the LFS so hopefully I can add the new rock to the tank soon. It has been in the Rubbermaid tub for a little more than 24hrs now. This may be a silly question but again I'm kind of a literal guy. Since this is Key Largo Base Rock does that mean it has to be the base and the other LR will need to sit on top of it or can I just put it where ever I choose?
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:27 PM   #35
 
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Wherever you choose. The base rock is just another term for "dead rock", or "dry rock". The Live Rock you have in your tank will seed the base rock with life, like coraline algae, pods and worms.
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:36 PM   #36
 
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You do need to watch out for "base" rock at the LFS. It is usually very dense rock and not very porous. Even though it is offered for a less expensive price, it is not worth purchasing. The dry rock you ordered is a much higher quality rock. You will be amazed at how it looks in a few months.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:34 PM   #37
 
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Latest tank readings

Alkalinity= 12 dkh
PH= 8.0
Calcium= 460
Nitrate= 0 (strip test)
Nitrite= 0 (strip test)
Ammonia= 0
Salinity= 1.022-1.023
Temp= 78

I just added the rock to the tank, so I will retest the Ammonia in 24 hours, but I tested it before moving so it should be fine.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:40 PM   #38
 
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Ok I have kept the light on from 8am to 11pm for about a week now. I'm noticing small amounts of coralline growing on the LR but also some rust colored algae forming on the fossil coral. Is that ok? Should I reduce the light time?
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:14 PM   #39
 
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Ok I have kept the light on from 8am to 11pm for about a week now. I'm noticing small amounts of coralline growing on the LR but also some rust colored algae forming on the fossil coral. Is that ok? Should I reduce the light time?
You know Brad, I've never had dead coral decorations which did not become covered with that rusty brown colored algae. It just happens over time. It is a source of frustration, because cleaning them is a stressful event for the fish, but you want them to look nice. I finally gave up and just don't use any of them at all. I just try to encourage a lot of coraline growth.

As you keep Calcium and Alkalinity where they need to be, you will really see the benefit with coraline spreading.
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You know Brad, I've never had dead coral decorations which did not become covered with that rusty brown colored algae. It just happens over time. It is a source of frustration, because cleaning them is a stressful event for the fish, but you want them to look nice. I finally gave up and just don't use any of them at all. I just try to encourage a lot of coraline growth.

As you keep Calcium and Alkalinity where they need to be, you will really see the benefit with coraline spreading.

I will see how things go with the fossil coral and maybe remove them later in the process. My fish do not need anymore stress right now.

Is there any reason to keep the water that was in the rubbermaid tub that I took from the tank to help break in the new rock or should I get rid of it? It's about 10 gallons.
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