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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Hi everyone, I am setting up a new tank and I have it for 2 weeks now, I added bacteria for faster start up and live rock. Here are my parameters: Salinity: 1.022 pH: 7.8 Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 5 I will definitely wait before adding any fish, but I am worried about the live rock...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    My 30 G FOWLR Water Parameters, I ve been testing with API Saltwater master test kit and also with API REEF master test kit and MG with Salifert Ammonia - 0 nitrate - 0 nitrite - 5 Phosphate - 0 (Not sure if API would be a good test kit) Calcium - 520 Alkalinity - 12 dkh Magnesium - >1500...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Hey guys, Can someone tell me what are the best water parameters for reef tank? Im going to keep LPS, SPS and soft corals. Can you please give me every single detail, starting from water temperature, up to magnesium levels. I've researched a lot...visited many web sites, but all of them seem...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I just set up my tank on Saturday. 75g w/30g sump, I have approx. 120 pounds of LR in the DT and another 10-15 in the sump along with ASM g-1x protein skimmer. I didn't take water parameters on the first day (except temp and salinity) but I have taken them every 2 days since Saturday and I...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Whats up everyone, been cycling a 75 gallon reef tank on day 74. About 90 lbs of live rock, sand substrate, protein skimmer, 30 gallon sump, two taotronics 120 LED's, two 500gph stream pumps. Critters - 5 small hermits, 15 chestnut turbo snails, coral banded shrimp, candy goby shrimp Bottom...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    i recently converted my tropical tank to salt water.its been running for 7 weeks since then im having trouble keeping fish alive.so far i have had 2 ocellaris clown fish which died after 2 days,left it a week then added 2 saddleback clowns which lasted a few hours checked water parameters but...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Guys, a couple questions if you don't mind... 170g tank, 50g sump has been up and running for 2.5 months now. I've slowly added livestock over the course of that time. Have 2 clams, couple of zoa's, 3 leathers, 2 anemone and 4 small fish, and a full CUC. I've been monitoring water parameters...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all, I am pretty new to reefing, and have a pretty basic question that I can't seem to find the right answer to... Are these levels too high? If so, how do I bring them down? Calcium (Ca): >500, guessing closer to 550 My test kit (Red Sea Reef Pro) only goes to 500 and it was just...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Water quality is the most important aspect of this hobby. To achieve this, you must be able to understand the values of ideal water parameters. What we are essentially attempting to accomplish, is successfully creating small scale ecosystems. Unlike the ocean however, our ecosystems are...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all! I've been lurking around these forums for about a year and finally decided I should just go ahead and join so I could interact; this was probably prompted by my frustrating issues with anemone keeping. About 6 months after I established and cycled my tank, and after becoming confident...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all , does anyone know of a spreadsheet format for reef keeping ? Last night doing my water test and entering them into a notepad felt a bit primitive so I started creating one. I imagine there must be 100’s of them out there. Please let me know if anyone has a better one out there? (looking...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    hi i have a 29 gallon saltwater aquarium with 2 fish in it and i have never done a water change to it since i set it up multiple months ago so thats why i think my parameters are so high the way they are: nitrate - 160ppm bad ph - 8.0 ok ammonia - 0.50ppm bad nitrite - 1.0ppm can you tell me...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Alrighty, so I have been getting the same result of my tank's PH levels being 8.0 for the past few weeks and was wondering if this is too low and will cause problems? None of the animals seem stressed, but wasn't sure about new comers getting panicked because of the lower PH level? Thanks :)
  14. General Reef Discussion
    yesterday i just added in my live rock(3kg) to my 10gal nano reef. i'm a newbie to the hobby and would like you guys to give a comment and advice on my setup and water parameters. i plan on adding a nice skimmer(the lfs is out of stock) and a modified hob filter refugium. ammonia=0ppm ph=8.2ppm...
  15. The THINK Tank
    Is there a particular time when it is best to test your water params, or is anytime ok? How about after water changes? I use the API reef master and saltwater master test kits.
  16. General Reef Discussion
    I need some help assessing the values for the water hardness and the calcium. In my tank, I have a Kenya tree, and yesterday I saw it really depressed and down, so I want and checked all the parameters in my tank including the KH and the calcium, and I obtained the following results. Salinity...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Set up a brand new JBJ 28 gallon nano cube 5 days ago with about 30 lbs of live rock and 25-30 lbs live sand from a friends year old established tank, along with 10 gallons of his water. i got the rest of my water from my saltwater fish store in town. now when i transferred to rock it was just...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    I am currently doing a 125 fish only tank. This is my first one. What are the best water parameters for this type of tank? Please help.
  19. General Reef Discussion
    Well I'm starting to get bunches of these Pineapple Sponges, I've read lots of threads about these guys and heard that they mean no harm, but what do they thrive on? Is this one of those things that live on high nutrients? My Nitrates are at 10ppm and Phos. at .25, I'm still trying my best to...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    So is this one of those things thats different for everybodys tank? Or, should this be a easy thing to do? "Getting the Nitrates to zero", I've been doing 20% WC every week, and it holds at 20ppm, the past two weeks I've done 15% WC two times a week to try to get it down, and no matter what it...
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