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Old 11-05-2009, 10:05 PM   #121
 
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Don't waste your money on a phosphate test kit. You don't need it.

I would use the hang on filter with ceramic rings for the Q tank.

STOP ADDING pH BUFFER!!!!!!!!!! You are scaring me on this. pH is the quickest and easiest way to make an entire system crash. If it isn't moving, do water changes. NEVER add anything to increase pH. Your buffering is to increase alkalinity, and / or calcium. If alkalinity and calcium are correct, then water changes are needed to re balance the buffering ions to increase pH.
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Old 11-06-2009, 01:11 AM   #122
 
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Okay.

I will start my my QT Tank from tmrw addin a shrimp which is lying on fridge freezer since a couple of weeks in the saltwater Q.tank - salinity 1.023. then after checking ammonia first 3 to 4 days then i will go for nitrate test.
Then after 10 days i will add fish in the QT. A couple of ocellaris (true percula in the tank). Those fishes are already in Quarantine Tank with my LFS from last week and he has promised me that he wont sell it to me until he finds the fishes are safe i.e. he will be selling me on the 14th November of this month as on 15th i will be leaving the city for some work and coming back on 24th November. But i have to buy those fishes on 14th otherwise they might get sold. Its so difficult to get saltwater fishes in Kolkata, India. In the meantime my younger sister will be taking care of both the tanks (QT and Display one).

Buying fishes on 14th i have to speed up my cycle for which i am using shrimp. but what else to increase the nitrogen cycle. Help reqd.

I have 2 filters (1 internal and 1 top filter) for ceramic rings i can use top filter but what about the internal sponge filter(which is lying in the cupboard dry for weeks) shall i use it for bacteria growth inside my tank. or i should only use only one filter.

Plz help.

Removed the top filter from the tank.

Damsel is doing fine.
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Old 11-06-2009, 03:21 AM   #123
 
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my ph is 8 ppm at the moment.

Plz help with fastest QT Tank. Just 8 days left to add fish. ?
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:38 AM   #124
 
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This isn't going to work. There are huge problems with this. First, the Q tank is not going to be ready in 8 days. Second, you can't buy fish and then leave town!!! You need to be home to observe the fish and react to the needs of the fish. The entire purpose of Q is to have an observation period, which means you need to be present to observe! Unless your sister is an experienced marine aquarist, then trust me, you do NOT want to go down this road.
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:08 AM   #125
 
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Don't waste your money on a phosphate test kit. You don't need it.
I usually test my source water every month with a TDS meter and Phosphate Kit. Since he mentioned algae I figured his best action was to look at his source water. What could this algae be attributed to? Just trying to nip it in the bud before it gets out of control.

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I will start my my QT Tank from tmrw addin a shrimp which is lying on fridge freezer since a couple of weeks in the saltwater Q.tank - salinity 1.023. then after checking ammonia first 3 to 4 days then i will go for nitrate test.
Then after 10 days i will add fish in the QT. A couple of ocellaris (true percula in the tank). Those fishes are already in Quarantine Tank with my LFS from last week and he has promised me that he wont sell it to me until he finds the fishes are safe i.e. he will be selling me on the 14th November of this month as on 15th i will be leaving the city for some work and coming back on 24th November. But i have to buy those fishes on 14th otherwise they might get sold. Its so difficult to get saltwater fishes in Kolkata, India. In the meantime my younger sister will be taking care of both the tanks (QT and Display one).

Buying fishes on 14th i have to speed up my cycle for which i am using shrimp. but what else to increase the nitrogen cycle. Help reqd.
Zai, stop trying to rush this proccess. Fish come and go. Put a deposit on the fish at the LFS and leave them there. He has the saltwater experience to keep these guys alive for two weeks. There is an old saying in this hobby, "Only bad things happen fast." This two weeks you are gone will be a perfect time for the Q tank to cycle, and the display to start healing from the recent ich outbreak.

Your tank is a mini-enviroment. It takes time for it to mature. Our oceans took millions of years to mature. Give it time. I promise if you are patient that good things will come.
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Old 11-06-2009, 08:52 AM   #126
 
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Exclamation Clowns Delayed

I have 2 filters (1 internal and 1 top filter) for ceramic rings can i use top filter, but what about the internal sponge filter(which is lying in the cupboard dry for weeks) shall i use it for bacteria growth inside my tank. or i should only use only one filter. Shrimp will be added tmrw.

Plz help.


Okaaaay. guys thanks for slowing down the process. just kidding

Everything gets delayed.

Things will come UP after 24th Nov 2009.

But i will be in touch with everybody.

Is thr a chat tmrw afternoon with Pasfur.

Observing Fish is very very important.
Paying LFS in Advance is a good idea.

Last edited by zaitmi; 11-06-2009 at 08:55 AM..
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Old 11-06-2009, 07:11 PM   #127
 
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I usually test my source water every month with a TDS meter and Phosphate Kit. Since he mentioned algae I figured his best action was to look at his source water. What could this algae be attributed to? Just trying to nip it in the bud before it gets out of control.
I'm an idiot. I didn't realize you were testing source water for phosphates. This is a good idea. I thought you were testing aquarium water, which really doesn't tell you much, because phosphates are often used up by the algae faster than they are input, resulting in a "false" zero test result.

No chat tomorrow for me. I will visiting the zoo with family. So, by the time I leave, I will be banging my head into the wall with frustration at the aquatics area.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:28 AM   #128
 
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is everything fine. Whom r u replying Pasfur.

i didnt understood anything.

I have 2 filters (1 internal and 1 top filter) for ceramic rings can i use top filter, but what about the internal sponge filter(which is lying in the cupboard dry for weeks) shall i use it for bacteria growth inside my tank. or i should only use only one filter. Shrimp will be added tmrw.

Plz help.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:43 AM   #129
 
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I would use the top filter with ceramic rings and use the sponge internally.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:15 AM   #130
 
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Okay. That means i will be using both my filters, internal filter(with Sponge) inside & top filter outside with ceramic rings media.

BTW i have liquid pouch pack which was provided with ceramic rings and it says happy bacteria swimming can i add that in the QT for fast bacteria growth.

Okay next saturday we all might have a chat enjoy the zoo and upload some pics from the zoo aquarium.
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