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Old 11-20-2010, 12:25 PM   #21
 
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yes i did,
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:37 PM   #22
 
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did you drip acclimate them? and as you were just getting the diatom bloom i thin kit may have been a touch to early.. keep up with your testing and if things start to climb (No2 and Nh3) do a partial water change...
Great point. Swimming at the surface is common for newly acclimated Clownfish, but can also be a sign of problems. You really need to keep a close eye on them for the next 24 to 36 hours. And give that Nitrite another test tomorrow morning to be safe.
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:28 AM   #23
 
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So what is the Diatom bloom (apart from the brown substance at the bottom of my tank).? I it leathal to the clowns?

They seem to be ok but ill do a water test today just to check the levels, You guys got me gettin worried now
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:43 AM   #24
 
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Dont be to worried, just keep an eye on things and do that test!!!
It said this on another website....
A (diatom bloom) is a normal part of a new tank. It is an indicator of high Nitrates and/or Phosphates.
It just says make sure you nItrites ans ammonia are at zero........ before adding anything else..

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Old 11-21-2010, 05:54 AM   #25
 
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Dont be to worried, just keep an eye on things and do that test!!!
It said this on another website....
A diatom bloom is a normal part of a new tank. It is an indicator of high Nitrates and/or Phosphates.
It just says make sure you nItrites ans ammonia are at zero........ before adding anything else..
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the diatom bloom is an indicator that your system is starting to find balance. the issue with adding live stock at this point is that this is also an indicator that you system has not fully achieved this balance yet. by this i mean simply all of the bacteria and micro organisms have not fully developed yet. this in turn means that you need to keep a very close eye on your testing over the next few weeks (personally would recommend testing every other day is not every day for now). if any fluctuation in results shows an increase of nitrITEs or nitrATEs i would do a partial water change right away and continue to do them daily untill the number falls back into a good or unreadable level.
this is not to say all hope is lost and that you are a bad person in any way every one who gets in to salt tanks gets excited and makes at least one mistake (at least every one i have learned from and i knowi certainly have!!!! only my mistake was BIG).

on a side note a good Clean Up Crew will help get rid of the diatoms.. a number of floks will say snials only and a veriety is good but i am also a fan of crabs (hermits in particular) and while some have major issues with them i like a mix of snails and hermits to clean up the tank.. they do a good job... one tip on this get your snails way bigger than the crabs as the crabs may try to remove the snails shells but a larger snail has better odds of not falling prey...
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:28 AM   #26
 
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the diatom bloom is an indicator that your system is starting to find balance. the issue with adding live stock at this point is that this is also an indicator that you system has not fully achieved this balance yet. by this i mean simply all of the bacteria and micro organisms have not fully developed yet. this in turn means that you need to keep a very close eye on your testing over the next few weeks (personally would recommend testing every other day is not every day for now). if any fluctuation in results shows an increase of nitrITEs or nitrATEs i would do a partial water change right away and continue to do them daily untill the number falls back into a good or unreadable level.
this is not to say all hope is lost and that you are a bad person in any way every one who gets in to salt tanks gets excited and makes at least one mistake (at least every one i have learned from and i knowi certainly have!!!! only my mistake was BIG).

on a side note a good Clean Up Crew will help get rid of the diatoms.. a number of floks will say snials only and a veriety is good but i am also a fan of crabs (hermits in particular) and while some have major issues with them i like a mix of snails and hermits to clean up the tank.. they do a good job... one tip on this get your snails way bigger than the crabs as the crabs may try to remove the snails shells but a larger snail has better odds of not falling prey...
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I done a test today and the results were fine, what is the differants between nitrites & nitrates?
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:25 PM   #27
 
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royal gramas are cool too...gramma loreto has a purple front half with a bright yellow rear portion...and they stay small...
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great fish... don't confuse with the BiColor Pseudochromis, which is the same color but very territorial.
Aren't Royal Grammas highly territorial and somewhat aggressive in a small tank!?

Nitrites are more poisonous at once, after the cycle they convert to nitrates. Nitrates are not as big of a problem at once, but overtime concentrations of Nitrates can harm your fish.

Nitrites are best kept at 0ppm after the cycle.
Nitrates are best kept 20ppm and under.
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:37 PM   #28
 
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how do you know when your cycle is finished?
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Old 11-21-2010, 02:39 PM   #29
 
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You test your water and when the ammonia and one of the nitrates nitrites are 0 then you know i think....
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:02 PM   #30
 
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Royal Gramma's are defensive, but not aggressive. The BiColor Pseudochromis will pursue other fish which it sees as a thread, attacking them and nipping aggressively at fins. The Royal Gramma, in comparison, behaves more like a Kribensis which is not spawning. It protects its area, but rarely leaves from its den.

Your tank is cycled when it no longer has ammonia or nitrite present. However, this concept is not really important in marine aquariums. The live rock will have all the bacteria necessary to process waste, assuming the rock is pre cured. The live sand contributes as well. Given that you will be adding fish slowly and running a protein skimmer, the bacteria have plenty of time to spread and adjust to new waste loads.

The real concern is how "mature" the tank is. This process takes a couple of months. The longer you wait, the better, and the more successful you will likely be long term. You want a tank flourishing with microfauna, such as copepods and amphipods. You want the diatom bloom to have come and passed. You want coraline algae to be spreading over rocks and glass. These are signs of maturity, and should occur many weeks after the cycle is complete.
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