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    So I think I might have made a mistake here but I would like some opinions. I purchased an RO/DI 4 stage unit. However it has not come in yet. I was trying to save some time in cycling and filled the tank with salt water, live rock and sand. So my question is is it better to drain this tank...
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    Red Sea Test Labs Master Reef Lab Nitrate Why Test For Nitrate? Nitrate (NO3-) is produced in the aquarium by the biological filter. Beneficial bacteria in the biological filter convert toxic ammonia and nitrite into nitrate. A high nitrate level indicates a buildup of fish waste and organic...
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    Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Ammonia, Nitrite & Nitrate Test Kits Ammonia Test Instructions Why test for Ammonia? Fish continually release ammonia (NH3) directly into the water through their gills, urine, and solid waste. Uneaten food and other decaying organic matter also add ammonia to the...
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    Seachem Saltwater Basic Test Kits Reef Special Kit Instructions for Phosphate Test Fill sample pipette to base of bulb with aquarium water to be tested. Dispense into a test cavity of the test plate. Add one drop of Phosphate Reagent 1. Add 2 drops of Phosphate Reagent 2. Stir briefly with...
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    pH Test Instructions Saltwater pH Test Instructions Why Test pH? pH is the measure of acidity of water. A pH reading of 7.0 is neutral. A pH higher than 7.0 is alkaline, and a pH lower than 7.0 is acidic. Marine fish and invertebrates require a pH between 8.2 and 8.4. Maintaining the aquarium at...
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    Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Reef Master Liquid Test Kit Warning: Several of the included solutions are harmful and require precautions to be taken for your safety. Please make sure to read included instruction manual before working with these solutions. Calcium Test Instructions Why Test for...
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    Red Sea 5-in-1 Master Test Kit For Marine Aquariums Why test for pH and Alkalinity? pH is the measure of acidity of water. A pH reading of 7.0 is neutral, a pH higher than 7.0 is alkaline, and a pH lower than 7.0 is acidic. The ability of water to withstand changes in pH is called buffering...
  8. Topic of the Week Archive
    Cycle part 2 to continue on with the last Bi weekely discussion on the cycling of our tanks. first part tank is all set up, water, salt , Live rock, parameters are where they should be. IS this the end of the cycle?
  9. Topic of the Week Archive
    Well it is the start of the new year and the start of the bi weekly discussion's. we all know they tend to run a little longer sometimes... just to let any one who is not familiar with the bi-weekly. at any time you can post and ask or share knowledge, i just ask that you dont jump too far...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    So I have setup a new 24 gallon saltwater tank, it has 10 LBS of live sand and 15 pounds of live rock. I only had it set up for about 5-7 days and now it growing this brown algae all over (there is some green as well) I don't have any fish in currently, but I do have a turbo snail. I need all...
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    We all know the benefits and science behind 'cooking' rocks. What if these methods were applied to live sand? Wouldn't the phosphates and detritus eventually be flushed? Of course there'd be slightly different methods: such as vacuuming instead of swishing. Im only thinking out loud here and...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    hey all need some help with following beside of live rocks Ive added some rocks i found from a mountain , will it be as same as live rocks ? i had lack of calcium so i bought aquacal, will i have to add it everytime i do water change? Ive added fire shrimp last night and died within...
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    I have a 24 gallong nano cube and was wondering if i could keep a favia under the stock PC Lights.
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    Hey guys...I am having some problems with cyano. I was using tap water for awhile so I figured this was the cause. I just started using RO/DI yesturday for my water change. When should I start to see an improvement? Is there anything else that could be causing my problem? Thanks guys in...
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    Hey, Been lurking for a while :read: and am finaly gonna get my saltwater started put what I have so far into the tank spec section earlier. questions 1. I have a bunch of expensive and unuasual rock in my tank now freshwater can I wash it and keep in for saltwater or are there...
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    I just took a look at this months tank of the month. Somethings said in the text suggests that I can "over skim" and stave the corals. From my understanding most corals aquire most of their energy from photosynthesis. Its hard to argue with a guy whos tank looks so good. Is it possible to over skim?
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    OK so here is the deal I have various sps that I was given in July of this year that have been growing well and showing great color and pe ect. up until about a week or so ago. I noticed the color going MUCH lighter. I have seen RTN - boy that happens quick, and i am hoping that this is not...
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    I recently set up my 90 gallon tank. I have 60lbs of live rock and 49 lbs of base. asm g2 skimmer 2 koralia 3 60 pounds of sand. I used a seachem stabilty fof one week. I did my 10% water change this week. I noticed, one of my live rock a greenish stringy fuzz, also it come off and looks...
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