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wraith

starting a 65G tank

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Tested my water again this weekend - nitrates 10ish   KH - 7.7   calcium - 460  phosphates - 0.5 (gonna drop back to sea veggies for a week instead or nori?) everything looks happy, valenti puffer looking a bit fat lol  hopefully starting to stabilise now - keep your fingers crossed for me 

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Just stumbled across your thread mate - looks like you’ve got things more stable now


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Hi Chris, thank you - I'll post test readings again on Sunday.

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Hi, sorry forgot to post the reading - Nitrate 10-20   calcium 490  KH 7.7 phosphate 0.5 salinity 1.025

stabilish :)

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you ever test your pH?

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hi  yes  my ph ranges between 7.8 and 8.2 depending on the time of day. I use an electronic tester but always make sure  i calibrate it first.

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Have you got an external vent near the tank? If so, rig your skimmer up to it - you won’t get lower than 8 with external air flow


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Hi Chris, all my gear is HOB so the canister, refugium and fine particle filter all empty directly into the tank, this put as lot of O2 into the tank, the large canister has a spray bar. I've just tried fragging for the first time, so I've started easy with a couple of mushrooms :)  wish me luck. Ive cut them and placed them into a small boz with netting over the top which ias allowing the water to circulate over. I've placed them onto some small rocks and an assortment of frag plugs and all I can do now is wait and see if they take hold or die. I watched a few YT vids and cut them through the mouth as shown but it was a dubious task.

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Hi Guys, sorry I haven't been on for a bit. The fragging worked as you can see in the new pic I'll be downloading, both for the mushrooms and toadstools. I have stable water parameters finally for about 3 months now except for the PH, it was 7.4 last week so I finally got round to making a CO2 scrubber which seems to have worked as it's been 8.1 for the last few days. As you can see since I got a female my McCoskers is displaying nicely, and since I got an arrow crab the only bristleworms I'm finding or seeing are half eaten ones :)

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