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Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by shaunn, 26 Nov 2011.

  1. shaunn

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    hi all

    I did some tests on my tank tonite

    ph 8.3
    KH 6
    ca 460
    ph4 0

    1 does this mean that my tanks is muturing now
    2 i still have quite alote of ditoms
    3 there is lots of coraline algee growinf on the back of the tank as well on the rocks
     
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    The parameters you post are consistent with most salt mixes. Unfortunately they are not an indication of filtration capabilit and muturing. We need salinity ,temp, nitrite, nitrate and ammonia parameters to advise.

    The parameters you post are ok otherwise.
     
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    sal 1.023
    temp 26
    ammonia 0
    nitrite 0
    natrate >5
     
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    All looks good bud.:thumbup:

    Just a technical thing all/most new and old reefers get confused on. You quoted SG (1.023) not Salinity.

    But yeah, if the ammonia & nitrite were up and have now reduced to those levels then your tank filtration capability of sustaining a few items of LS.
     
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    my tank has been running for almost 11 weeks now
     
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    Yup you can slowly start to add a few corals. Your nitrates are reasonable for them to get food. Dont add fish for another week or so else your nitrate will increase.

    Start slowly. You have been very good so far. Don't over do it. add a coral or two and watch that nitrate level. If it increases then you are introducing to quickly. If it reducesses then slowly add more LS.

    Enjoy
     
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    i am past that currently i have
    fish
    1 regal tang
    2 clowns
    2 chormis
    1 damzel yellow tail
    1 yellow watchman goby
    inverts
    2 hermets
    1 cleaner shrimp
    1 boxer shrimp
    3 turbo snails

    Corals
    2 candy kanes
    1 Button ployp is grown duble its size in a month


    note the tests i did were tonite 26/11/11
     
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    Bud one thing you must understand is that.

    Fish create nutrients that coals need to survive. To much nutrients and the corals die, too little and they starve.

    Adding fish first creates a demand on the filter and often ends up with nitrate issues. These may not be apparent now, but I can assure you, your LR is absorbing " bad stuff" untill it cannot do so anymore.

    IMO always add corals first before fish. Corals are part of your filtration system. One needs to feed the corals by providing nitrates to them from fish waist.
     
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