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Old 02-21-2017, 07:02 PM   #31
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Hi sorry for the late reply.

I'm certain I haven't got the results mixed up, I took photos: 1 & 2.

Chi, you're absolutely correct - 8 is as high as it can go, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if it was higher than that. I shall get some RO water and do a change.

Should I remove the shrimp as it seems to be making too much ammonia? It's done its job...
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Old 02-22-2017, 06:24 AM   #32
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I agree that the shrimp did it's job and can be removed.
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:23 AM   #33
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Current readings:
Ammonia: 0.25/0.5
Nitrate: 20/40
Nitrite: 2/5
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Old 03-15-2017, 08:38 PM   #34
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I think my tank is well on its way now and should be ready in a fortnight or so - I have a list of fish that I will be able to get and I have picked out what I thought might be appropriate for the first fish to put in my tank:

* Golden head sleeper goby
* Diamond sleeper goby
* Jewelled rock skipper

I love the sound and look of the rock skipper but from the very brief read up I have done it I don't think it would make a suitable first fish to the tank. What do you guys think? If none of these are appropriate to start off with I will wait. Thank you!
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:11 PM   #35
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I would want some algae growth before getting a Lawn Mower Blenny.
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Old 03-15-2017, 09:35 PM   #36
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Yeah that's what I figured too - the name made me giggle! I think I definitely want to get one along the road, it sounds like it has a great personality and its pretty to boot.

Looks like I'll get one of the other gobies then...I think I have a slight preference to the diamond sleeper head goby.
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Old 03-16-2017, 06:55 AM   #37
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Make sure you see the goby eat before you purchase it. These gobies sift all the life from your sand bed, after that they sometimes starve because they'll refuse to eat prepared foods.
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:29 AM   #38
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Ah thanks Chi, I'll make sure to do that.

I just did another test:

Ammonia 0
Nitrate 0.5
Nitrite 1

Also I can see nice pink algae build up around my thermometer on the tank and a few spots on the rocks.

I could pick up the goby on Tuesday (provided I see it eat!) but not sure if this is too soon...
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Old 03-18-2017, 12:46 AM   #39
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Depends on what your readings are on Monday.
You can always watch the goby for a few days maybe even get them to hold it 'til you finish cycling.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:20 AM   #40
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Very true, and I'm sure they will hold for me if I ask them to, they're pretty decent about that sort of thing. Thanks, will post results on Monday.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:31 AM   #41
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The more time you have to observe it the better.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:36 AM   #42
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Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 10 (last time it was 5, mistyped that)
Nitrite: 1

Would it be ok to get the goby tomorrow do you think?
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Old 03-21-2017, 02:39 AM   #43
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I know how you feel but I would wait a little longer.
Don't want to take any chances.
Do a water change and see how it looks tomorrow.
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:10 AM   #44
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You want to wait until the nitrite is gone. It is also toxic and sometimes it can take longer than ammonia to drop to 0. Once both ammonia and nitrite are 0 and you're left only with nitrates, you'll do your first water change and then add your first fish.
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Old 05-16-2017, 01:38 AM   #45
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Hey all, an update on the tank. Two weeks ago I introduced a lawnmower blenny and he's a great eater! Eats anything I give him. He's remodelled the sand to how he likes it, making a cave/swimthrough under the largest rock in the tank. My cat is absolutely fascinated by him. He's still a bit shy, he tends to hide under the rock when I come by but will stick his head out to watch me after a little bit. I love him!!
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