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  1. zakiyya

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    hi we have purchased a red sea 250l about 2 weeks ago. We are having troubling understanding what our water parameters should ideally be. At the moment we think all is ok 8.4PH. We have put in 2 blue/green chromis and they seem to be doing ok and would like to add more fish and corals this weekend. What will people advise.

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    How old is the tank?
    What equipment are you running?
    What test kits do you have access to?
     
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    :welcometomasa2:to MASA...:1:
    If you'r Tank is only 2 weeks old, you really shouldn't put any livestock in...:eek:..you'r Tank is still cycling...are you dosing Bacteria...?..Please read here to better understand the process...

    Most Important..."THE CYCLE"...
    Marine Aquarium Cycle - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Some other info also...

    Water Parameters
    Ideal Water Parameters - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    What to test for and why - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Newbie INFO..:p
    Starting With Marines - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    Starting a Marine tank - What to buy first - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    Starting a Marine Tank - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
    New to Marines- Please listen!!!!!!!!!! - Marine Aquariums of South Africa
     
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    zakiyya Thread Starter

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    Belinda, we are just putting in substrate and were putting in something to increase the PH as that was quite low prior to putting in the fishies.

    We haven't turned on the skimmer yet as we were advised will help the tank mature quicker.
    When can we put in more fish, and also can we put in crabs/shrimp this week.

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    No read the cycle post above carefully. In fact ph isnt even such a big deal in marine fish. Well not compared to amonia nitrite etc. Right now your water is probably toxic to your fish. Please read and understand the nitrogen cycle before putting in more fish or anything for that matter.
     
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    There is one thing I learned with marine tanks never never be in a hurry to get a perfect reef going when starting.Take things slow and one step at a time and you wil be surprised what the outcome is.
     
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    Do you have live rock in the tank? Is it cured rock or not? Do you dose any bacteria to help with the breakdown of waste?
    What test kits do you use and what are your parameters?
    Ammonia?
    Nitrites?
    Nitrates?

    To use fish to cycle a tank is cruel, not sure who gave you this advice. If the tank is too young then there are not enough bacteria to handle the bio-load and that causes ammonia which is toxic to the fish. In other words they might be suffering :(

    Please take it slow and read the link on starting a marine tank below - do not put anymore livestock in the tank until it is finished with the cycle.
     
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    We test our water almost every second day, initially every day and our ammonia and no2 and no3. Where all good. Last test no3 was .02. We use both test strip and the red sea test kit.
    Just overwhelming with all the different advise will read the links above and hopefully get grip of everything. But will we be able to put hermit crabs and shrimps in our tank and any corals. We will hold off on fishes per every1s advise.
     
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    Invertebrates which are shirmps and corals are more sensitive than fish....don't add any fish or coral to your tank till all the water parameters are in place.....

    Check the alk level also... should be around 7dkh
    Alk levels plays a role on your ph level, so if this is not in order your ph level in your tank won't be stable.
     
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    Rather just hermits, wait with the shrimps as they are more sensitive.
     
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    And introduce them sloowly like one a week for your bioload to catch up. This hobby is a slow relaxing ride not a race.
     
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