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    Would this work with the 24" AquaticLife Fixture?
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    I would run some carbon just to clear up the water and keep the smell down. It will likely get exhausted fairly quick but I would use a couple of cartridges/bags at least while it's cycling. Its a heck of a lot cheaper to buy a jug of carbon and a media bag that you can add to your filter instead of the cartridges. Not sure if a bag will fit, thought i'd mention.
    SG = 1.024-6; Alkalinity 8.3-9.3 dKH; Calcium 420; Magnesium 1300; Temp = 76 to 80; pH = 7.9-8.3. Alkalinity and calcium are dependent on Mg.

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    Hey there. My tank has been up and running for about two weeks now. I took some readings last week (1/16) and they were: pH 8.2, Nitrate 0, Phosphate 0.5, Calcium 180, Ammonia .5, kH 10 degrees (179), Salinity 1.023. I also took some today: pH 8.4, Nitrate 5, Phosphate 0, Calcium 200, Ammonia .25, kH 9 degrees (161.1), and Salinity ~1.022. Can you please inform me as to where I am in my cycle and when I would be able to add a clean up crew. I haven't had a brown algae bloom, but I read somewhere that if you have cured live rock (which is what I have) that you might not get the bloom. Not sure if that's right or not. Oh, also thought I'd mention that I went with the AquaticLife 24" T5HO fixture Thank you!
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    Good reading.



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    Alright. Where am I in my cycle though? How much longer is it going to be? What do you think about the brown algae bloom not happening yet?
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    What is your nitrite reading? When your ammonia and nitrites gow to 0 in a 24 hr period and you have high nitrates, then you can do a large wc and add your cleanup crew
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    So when I check my water tomorrow and I have 0 ammonia and nitrites I can change some of my water? Does that mean the cycle is done then?
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    Yes if there is no ammonia and there is no nitrite, but there is nitrate then you are cycled do a 40% w/c and put in a cleanup crew.



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    Awesome. When would I be able to add some fish?
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    I would observe you CUC for a few days/week before adding fish and I would only add one (unless you are adding a pair of clowns or something similar). Don't add a massice CUC. I would say a 12-15 various snails and hermits (if you want hermits) total would be a good start. How's the tank looking? Algae, diatoms, etc. ever show up?
    SG = 1.024-6; Alkalinity 8.3-9.3 dKH; Calcium 420; Magnesium 1300; Temp = 76 to 80; pH = 7.9-8.3. Alkalinity and calcium are dependent on Mg.

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