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Red Sea Marine Care Test Kit results

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First test results on the Kent Marine 94 litre nano tank at day 4. Stock filtration with live sand and live rock. 8KG and 12kg.
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Trevs Shed (5 years ago)
Hi Thanks you very much for yesterdays substantial help and again for today's. I have just changed 25 litres as that is all I had ready to go. I will test again tomorrow. I don't like the idea of slinging a dead shrimp in so will go and buy some Damsels tomorrow or Tuesday, along with another few drums of salt and ro water. So I add kalk to a 25 litre of RO water to top up with then until those two levels are better? For the cuc I have really just read what is required on the forums etc and now have your advice as well. When you say "substantial" what numbers are we talking? regards Trevor
kujawat (5 years ago)
start thinking about a clean up crew.. you will want a substantial amount of snails and crabs to maintain the tank.. also a couple shrimp are a nice addition... starfish will do a good job with detritus too... sand sifters are a nice addition.. but be careful.. not all stars are reef-friendly..
kujawat (5 years ago)
start buffering up that pH and calcium/Kalk too.. your inverts will need that.. and you can't make drastic changes in those parameters with livestock in the tank.. so start a gradual dosage schedule now.. with your topoff is best.. daily...  you will want to start a regiment of chemicals based on what type of corals and Inverts you plan to keep.. strontium, magnesium, iodine, iodide, and calcium/kalk are the typical reef additives.. some brands have a all-in-one product.. read the labels and read up on your critters to see what you need.. your lighting will determine what corals will thrive in your tank.. with low light like you have... softies will do well.. increase light to keep hard corals... and dose according.. read read read.. and plan plan plan... successful reefs are accidental.. they are a product of a well executed plan..
kujawat (5 years ago)
you want to keep a hearty species in the tank until it stabilizes... Damsels are perfect.. you can't kill em.. start with 2 or 3.. introduce them after you do a water change now.. no use letting the Nitrates build up.. water changes are the only way to really get rid of them for you now... don't go adding corals or inverts.. or sensitive fish.. the cycles will kill em.. I always cycle with damsels, even in big tanks.. gives that tank some life while it stabilizes...
kujawat (5 years ago)
ok, it's me again... here's what u have there..  the tank has virtually no bio load... therefore it hasn't actually cycled yet... your Nitrates are too high, that's to be expected tho, as it's leeching Nitrate back into your fresh water...  not sure where you sourced the live rock... but typically live rock when obtained from a fish store/rock farm/other source... it's not necessarily treated to the same environment as the corals and inverts are.. it's basically just kept alive until it's sold... then alot of times it has some die-off during transport....which can trigger a mini cycle... but with no load in the tank, and no mature bio media, you haven't experienced a real cycle yet.. and wont till you introduce a load.. a couple damsel fish.. even a raw table shrimp tossed in there will decomp and start the cycle... I would do a 50% water change right now.. export those nitrates... then introduce a light load to get things started.. then wait... top off daily with kalk water to buffer up your alkalinity and pH... both are low... then wait some more... i wouldn't even test daily until you see a brown layer of dust-like material on the sand and rocks... that will be your diatom bloom.. then start monitoring the parameters... when your ammonia spikes and returns to zero... then your Nitrites Spike and also return to Zero... then do a water change to export he Nitrate and increase your bio load a little more... repeat..

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