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  1. Lucinda

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    Hi, Lucinda here....
    I'm a Capetonian living in Pretoria, so decided to bring something of the sea to me.(Hello to all :thumbup: and to the Captetonians - :yeahdude:).
    I really wish I started using the website - (reading up on the beginners section) before starting up. However, I will try to make the best of the situation. Got a 190l tank (excl. sump), protein skimmer. Want a full reef tank. Have good live rock (very colourful :blush:). I am so new to marine aquarium. Actually any form of aquarium....
    After two weeks of having added the water & salt, I was deuced into adding live rock. A week later, after water tests (the box & paper form), I was informed I can add fish. I have added two anemone clownfish, 1 Japan Surgeonfish - CUC = 2 x Hermit crabs, 2 X Cleaner Shrimp, 2 X Fire shrimp (bloodshrimp) and 2 X snails. Then a week later, my "informant" sold me a Powder Blue Surgeonfish. Today, when doing water tests, my nitrite and nitrate was higher (previosly Nitrate was 0.1 and Nitrate was 0). Now... Nitrite 0.5 & Nitrate 1. I did a 10 l water change two weeks after adding any livestock. Ammonia still shows 0, PH declined to 8.2 from 8.3 and Alk is stable at 5 for last 2 weeks. Hope all is fine but if any of you can advise, it would be appreciated.
    Wish "my informant" was not only in the money making business. I found out today, I was totally screwed with some prices!:(:eek: But I love my fish. I am hooked.
     
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  3. Tiger eye

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    Welcome to MASA. Do you have any pictures of your tank and sump? There's a lot of people on the forum that has a lot of knowledge and experience in this hobby and can give you advice and make your journey a pleasant one. So go ahead and ask some questions.
     
  4. Bonehead

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    Those figures just does not make sense. Maybe its a unit issue. What tests are you using.
     
  5. Tiger eye

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    A week later, after water tests (the box & paper form)

    Just a quick question: what was the Amonia, Nitrite and Nitrate reading? And what make test kits are you using?
     
  6. aapstert180

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    Hey there. Welcome to MASA. Enjoy the hobby and best of luck to your aquarium
     
  7. S2

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    Welcome to MASA
     
  8. S2

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    Alk bit low raising it to 8 should be good. Ph is good, and what is your salanity
     
  9. Haaibek

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    masahello
     
  10. butcherman

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    Welcome to masa
     
  11. RiaanP

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    Hello and welcome Lucinda

    Look at the sponsors page. We have a couple in and around Pretoria.
     
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