My fish tank

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  1. callie

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    Hi every one. I put up my tank about 4 weeks ago. How do one know if your tank start to cycle.
     
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    Hi and welcome to MASA Callie. What exactly have you done so far? Have you added any live rock? I trust you haven't added any fish
     
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    I have about 13kg of live rock in tank. Have also 4 clones in tank.
     
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    oooops :( by clones i think you mean clowns, as in neno like fish? either way, the fact that you have some LR means that your tank ahs thankfully started cycling :), thats the good news......

    the bad news is that 4 weeks later its probably NOT finished cycling and thus you shouldnt have fish in there at all :(

    callie, how big is the tank, and is their a reason you want 4 clowns?

    do you know how a tank cycles? if not i can explain a little for u?
     
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    my tank is 1.2 x 500 x 500 more or less.
     
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    nice size tank :)
     
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    Dude... thats nowhere near 1.2m x 500 x 500...

    Unless i'm seeing thing and comparing the size to thing incorrectly.

    I would suggest getting yourself a test kit and posting the results here.

    Also please explain your setup a little more. Do you have a DSB skimmer pumps etc.

    Enjoy! :D
     
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    are u sure thats LR and not ' base or bio rock', it just seems rather white to be LR to me, but that might just be the pic.

    åersonally i dont like plastic ina reef, so i would take the ship wreck out, theer are great ways of scapinga tank to create caves and bolt holes for fish, id sugest you do that rather:)

    also the swing arm hydrometer isnt the most acurate or attractive pieve of equipment. if you can get a better more accurate way to measure the SG i would. I know refractometers are expensive, but they really are the best and knowing the SG of your salt water tank is incredibly important. Also, you done have to leave it in there, id take it out and just put it in when you test SG :)

    great to see your tank, its always easier to see a persons system.

    where are the clowns (i am right about them being clowns arent i?) and how long have they been in for?
     
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    I'm using a Berlin airlift 90 skimmer and a 1000L canister filter. Tank is definitely not smaller than 1.1m
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Welcome, I'm with crispin on this one take the ship out and add a few more kg live rock but smaller pieces so you have more options on aquascaping. The tank looks like a good start can't see the clowns though... think you can snap a pic;)
     
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    can you please explaine how a tank cycles
     
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    i will put up a pick of clowns tomorow. They are in tank for almost 3 1/2 weeks.
     
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    Hey there callie how you keeping buddy - something not too good here - I'm sure I'm suffering with de 'ja vu or is there another thread of yours somewhere about 4/5 days ago ? If not then what happened to all our posts? Getting lost in cyberspace?
     
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    The cycle is merely fluctiations in water quility. In the first few weeks the nitrates and phosphates and all those stuff will rise untill it's at it's highest when the phosphate reading is back to 0 then you know the cycle is finished. Other stuff to look out for is blooms of algae and sometimes milky water.
     
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    If i had a problem with the water. How long would the fish survive?
     
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    callie...Welcome to MASA...Geez bra your tank needs to cycling more before adding fish into your tank...Definitely :nono:
     
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    How long do you sugest i wait
     
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    callie, unfort i dont have time just at the mo to explain the cycles in fuller detail, maybe someone can. but generally i aim at waiting out 7-9 weeks before adding anything to a tank in the cycle period. thats a long cycle, i've just found thats worked better for me. the problem with adding LS too early to an uncomplete cycle is that the spikes in NO2, NO3 can seriously damage fish and inverts.

    are you running carbon at the moment?

    are you running any form of phosphate remover at the moment?

    PS i'll look in here tomorrow and if no one has explained the cycles in depth to you by then i promise i will:)
     
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