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Old 06-04-2019, 08:58 PM   #1
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Tank parameters /end cycle/ CUC?


Hello everybody ! So our 120 gallon tank is at the very end of ota cycle. Here are our parameters as of today.
Phosphate:0 ammonia: 0. Nitrite: 0. Nitrate: Between 0 and 5
Ph: (this is after main lights are off and it’s just moonlights) between 7.8 and 8. We have our diatom bloom right now and I know that ph changes after main lighting is off So I have a couple questions. About how much does your ph drop after lights are off? I know it depends on the individual tanks but could u give me a round about in what you have experienced? Also everything is 0 besides nitrates but it has dropped Because it was about 20 a few days ago. Do u think we could go ahead and do a water change and add our CUC? We also have two fish in our 30 gallon. A 3 year old firefish and a lawnmower blenny We have 4 hermit crabs,2 scarlet,one blue and a thin striped hermit. And two turbo snails. After a water change I feel like the nitrates would be at about 0. And everything else seems to be ok. Just want some other opinions. We have a skimmer going ,we have a wavemaker/powerhead going. The sump tank has a filter sock and bio block in it along with the skimmer and return pump going. We have a mix of t5 lights and the kessil ap700 led light on. Led is on first ,then t5 is on about an hour after led comes on. We are leaving the t5 on for about 3-4 hours a day and the led the rest of the time. The tank is 48 x 24 x24 with a canopy. We have around 100 pounds of rock which is a mix of live rock from our 3 year old tank,real reef rock and some dry base rock we bought. The whole tank has been up and cycling for about 2 weeks now. We also have 120 pounds of arag alive reef grade live sand. Any opinions or suggestions are welcome. Thank you
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:13 PM   #2
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Personally I don't see any reason not to add your livestock from the other tank.
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Old 06-04-2019, 09:19 PM   #3
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We would drop acclimate them. We made up some fresh saltwater last night ,about 10 gallons. That way it would be ready hopefully by the time we needed to do the water change. Our salinity is .21. The lfs we get our fish from has all their tanks except corals at .19
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Drip not drop haha
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:52 PM   #5
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If the fish are in a tank at your house with the same salinity and about the same pH, floating would be fine.

I would only drip them if the salinity or pH is way off.
I usually just float and add 1/4 cup of tank every 10 min for around 20-30 min.
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Your 30 gallon tank.....how old is it, and does it have a fair amount of algae growing in it, and how long have you had your Lawnmower Blenny? My only concern of moving him over would be a lack of algae for him to graze on, but could be overcome by supplementing some vegetation into your new system.
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The 30 gallon is 3 years old. And yes it has quite a bit of algae in it.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:25 PM   #8
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Transferred all we had in the 30 gallon into the 120 gallon tonight and everyone seems to be good. There is a ton of diatom algae leftover from the cycle. We did a water change today. Got the tank up to temp and drip acclimated just to be safe. Blenny started pecking at the diatoms as soon as he was in. Firefish was out swimming around until lights went out. Fingers crossed everyone is still doing good tomorrow. Gonna get our chaeto soon and another couple of fish. Maybe a couple more crabs or snail. Nothing crazy though wanna add slowly. Here are some pics of the tank from two days ago. There is more diatoms now,quite a bit more, u think we need more crabs or snails? We have two turbo snails and 4 hermit crabs right now.
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Old 06-12-2019, 06:27 AM   #9
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How goes Your new set up Jaws? Did You get some more inhabitants yet? And remember. PICTURES!
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