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Saltwater 1st time!

Discussion in 'Marine and Reef Chit Chat' started by agusf, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. agusf

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    OK -
    Although I'm out on vacation now my girlfriend has access to my apartment and she needs to get something of hers so I asked her kindly to take the prawn out and test the water. She's going to facetime me later today when she does.

    Damn, I wish I had not put that much prawn in, I don't want to wait until that prawn eating bacteria dies out for the bubbles to disappear.

    I might ask my gf to do a little bit of a water change - but don't know if thats necessary; I guess if it tests for higher than 4 ppm ammonia I should, right?
    Should I ask her to dump the rest of the bio booster in there? or should I wait for a bit longer; I already dumped I want to say half when I left Sunday. I'm pretty sure I'll have my maid clean the place in a week or two so I could ask my maid to do that later.

     
  2. Colin_T

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    just remove the prawn and check the ammonia level. If it's above 4ppm then do a water change, otherwise leave it.
     
  3. SaltNoob

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    What water are you using to mix salt etc.? It really should be RO/DI water and the water/salt mixed prior to entering the tank. Using conditioner with tap water is unadvised especially if you plan to keep any inverts because if there is even a small amount of copper they will just die.

    I haven't followed the direct time line but being patient is the best thing for a new tank allowing the fauna to get a good grip and getting a population of amphipods! I waited three months after rock and substrate in my 90g.

    I ran my 29 gallon without a skimmer for three years just FYI. My 90g always had a skimmer though.

    Frozen food is so easy. Its best to use something like a shot glass and add some tank water to help melt the cube then use something like a turkey baster to grab the food and feed the tank. Throwing the cube in the tank and letting it float around is not advised fish swallow huge chunks of frozen fish as the cube is falling apart. The cube also has "juice" if that makes sense when it is frozen, I liked to use a small sieve on my cubes so I wasn't dumping a shot glass of ammonia in my tank that the fish can't even eat. There's plenty for the live rocks either way and any coral should be fed directly.
     

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