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Old 04-26-2013, 01:09 PM   #11
 
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What kind of sifter are you talking about? A sand-sfting star wouldn't be good, this tank is too small. The Zebra hermits (you could add 4-6 of them) and maybe a snail or two would be good as clean up.

What is your source water?
had to use tap for today, i added novaqua for chlorine and toxic metals. im goin to lfs tomorrow if they are open for some RO water. and i will get some zebra hermits and a snail. they should keep the sand stirred
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:14 PM   #12
 
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had to use tap for today, i added novaqua for chlorine and toxic metals. im goin to lfs tomorrow if they are open for some RO water. and i will get some zebra hermits and a snail. they should keep the sand stirred
Good. Tap water can have minerals and metals in it that can be harmful to some invertebrates and corals, and water treatment such as Prime and Novaqua aren't really enough. Plus the minerals that are found in tapwater can throw off you alkalinity (a test kit you should pick up) and you can see violent pH swings (like the one you saw recently).

The zebra hermits and snails should do a good job aerating the substrate.
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #13
 
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Good. Tap water can have minerals and metals in it that can be harmful to some invertebrates and corals, and water treatment such as Prime and Novaqua aren't really enough. Plus the minerals that are found in tapwater can throw off you alkalinity (a test kit you should pick up) and you can see violent pH swings (like the one you saw recently).

The zebra hermits and snails should do a good job aerating the substrate.
i have a test kit, just not ammonia tests
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:00 PM   #14
 
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i have a test kit, just not ammonia tests
The best things to test for in a marine tank are Alkalinity and Calcium. These two tests are vital for the health and stability of your system. Do you have either of these test kits?
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:01 PM   #15
 
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The best things to test for in a marine tank are Alkalinity and Calcium. These two tests are vital for the health and stability of your system. Do you have either of these test kits?
OK so i need to gt a calcium test... have the alkaline test
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:26 PM   #16
 
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have the alkaline test

I see this now in your first readings. Is that in ppm (parts per million)? The most common reading for Alkalinity is dKH, and 180 ppm this converts to 10 dKH and that is right where you want to be. But earlier in this thread your Alkalinity was at 300 ppm which converts to 16 dKH and that is a little high. Can you test that again and post the results?

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Old 04-26-2013, 03:34 PM   #17
 
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I see this now in your first readings. Is that in ppm (parts per million)? The most common reading for Alkalinity is dKH, and 180 ppm this converts to 10 dKH and that is right where you want to be. But earlier in this thread your Alkalinity was at 300 ppm which converts to 16 dKH and that is a little high. Can you test that again and post the results?

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Yes ppm
Now im worried,
Nitrat 0
nitrite 1.0
kh is between 80 & 120
Ph is 6.2 I need the ph corrected... can i do this with baking soda?

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Old 04-26-2013, 03:37 PM   #18
 
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yesterday the readings were 0 nitrite 0 nitrate kh 300 ph 8.4

today at 12:30 pm they were Nitrate 0
Nitrtite 0.5
alkalinity 180
ph 7.6
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:58 PM   #19
 
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I have some ro saltwater, should i do a water change to restore levels? If so, how much? or is baking soda better?
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:10 PM   #20
 
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I have some ro saltwater, should i do a water change to restore levels? If so, how much? or is baking soda better?
Are the lights on? You can experience pH swings with the lights off.

Do a 50% water change since you have no inhabitants now. Give it a few hours then retest.
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