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post #61 of 179 Old 04-29-2013, 06:33 AM
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If you can, throw a tape measure on the tank and let us know the dimensions. That way we can help you with a good stocking list. It looks like a 29 gallon to me, but I can't be sure without some dimensions



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If you can, throw a tape measure on the tank and let us know the dimensions. That way we can help you with a good stocking list. It looks like a 29 gallon to me, but I can't be sure without some dimensions
Its def not a 29, its about half the size of thy 30 gal, and i dont have any measuring tape
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Test results/ 4/29

Nitrate 20
Nitrite 5.0
kh 180
Ph 7.8
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Nitrate 20
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No ammonia test yet? That rock you have in there looks pretty white. Was most of it Dry Rock and just the one piece Live?

Was the sand labeled as "Live Sand"?



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No ammonia test yet? That rock you have in there looks pretty white. Was most of it Dry Rock and just the one piece Live?

Was the sand labeled as "Live Sand"?
not yet, i have to go to petsmart for the ammonia test. And all of it is live rock. three of the pieces just doesnt have much growth on it yet. And my camera on my phine doesnt pick up on the colors. And yes its live sand, Carib-sea Aragalive
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not yet, i have to go to petsmart for the ammonia test. And all of it is live rock. three of the pieces just doesnt have much growth on it yet. And my camera on my phine doesnt pick up on the colors. And yes its live sand, Carib-sea Aragalive
Sorry, I am just baffled by the Nitrite reading. We will have a better idea once we have an accurate ammonia test result.



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Sorry, I am just baffled by the Nitrite reading. We will have a better idea once we have an accurate ammonia test result.
Ammonia is 0.5
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Ammonia is 0.5
You are going through a cycle. I am still surprised to see Nitrates without a decline in Nitrites, but maybe that Nitrite test is inaccurate? Can you have the LFS test all of your parameters next time you go and post them here? That Live Rock must not have been as 'live" as the LFS said it was.

Just keep an eye (daily) on your parameters, and when ammonia and nitrite reach zero, your cycle is done. Maybe you should start regular water changes until Ammonia and Nitrites disappear. I think that 25% or less (last time the damsel stressed, so maybe start with 10% a day) shoud suffice.



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You are going through a cycle. I am still surprised to see Nitrates without a decline in Nitrites, but maybe that Nitrite test is inaccurate? Can you have the LFS test all of your parameters next time you go and post them here? That Live Rock must not have been as 'live" as the LFS said it was.

Just keep an eye (daily) on your parameters, and when ammonia and nitrite reach zero, your cycle is done. Maybe you should start regular water changes until Ammonia and Nitrites disappear. I think that 25% or less (last time the damsel stressed, so maybe start with 10% a day) shoud suffice.
M'kay and i do get tests done at the store for everything, it just always matches wht i get at home
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Bought Kent Marine Purple Tech for my little corals. And to promote coralline algae growth.
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