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About xAyanex

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  • Birthday 10/13/1991

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    Listening to music, playing video games, researching saltwater aquarium topics, shopping, watching tv, playing with my dog Bella.

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  1. That would be pretty neat! I think a mixture of tap water and RO or distilled water will work just fine for lowering the alkalinity but still providing the needed nutrients/pH/water hardness.
  2. I have no idea! We figured since nothing is in there yet we still have time to research! My mom said distilled probably isn't the best idea.
  3. Since I added my first dose of ammonia yesterday, I'll call yesterday Day 1 (3/24/17). Today is Day 2. Testing: Temp: 78 degrees F. (We turned the heater down again). pH: 8.4 (still high) Ammonia: 2.0 ppm (Not as high as I had anticipated, but that's okay). Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 0 ppm There we go! Glad my cycling is started.
  4. So yesterday I tested the tank: Temp: 81 degrees F pH: 8.4, even higher than last time. Ammonia: 0 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 0 ppm Alkalinity: 15.7+++ off the charts, yikes! So that's with our well water (that has been softened). Needless to say, we will be changing that water out with other water (like maybe distilled water). So then, to start the cycle I added some Austin's ammonia. I read it is approximately 3-4%, so I dosed 17.5 mL to try and get the ammonia to a level of 3 ppm. I didn't have time to test it afterward because I had to go to work, but I'll test it now. Oh, and also, the Fluval filter came today! We added it to the tank with everything except the carbon. Oh, and we went to buy another 20 pound bag of black gravel, but they didn't have any. Instead, we got a fake rock and a fake plant. I'll post pics once they're in the tank.
  5. And as promised, here is a better picture of my RFA:
  6. Lol. He acted like he owned the place and kept talking about how he was still deciding on the discounts they were giving today for the frag swap, but when we asked him the store hours he didn't know them and had to ask his cashier! Also, the discounts were already posted!
  7. Thanks for the ID! I thought it looked like the acan (meaning the other one I bought recently), but the guy at the store said something about it being a blasto (which I've never seen that I know of).
  8. I am loving my Nanobox Retro lights!!! I picked up some new corals today!!! AHHH!!! Not sure what this one is: Not sure what this is either, some sort of SPS?: Here is the third one. I'm guessing it might be a meteor shower cyphastra?: And finally, I found some snail eggs! I'm guessing they're cerith:
  9. If you buy some calibration fluid (that calibrates to a salinity of 35 ppt), you would get a more accurate reading than calibrating with RO/DI water to zero.
  10. I have never had to treat any fish for anything yet. I am still hoping I never will have to.
  11. I wouldn't think it would make much of a difference.
  12. Looks like a diatom algae bloom of a new tank.
  13. Sorry for your losses. That is a frustrating part of this hobby. That being said, it really pays to quarantine your fish, or at least have an adequate hospital tank to fall back on. A quarantine tank setup of a 10 gallon tank is extremely cheap. Also, there are many ways to treat fish for ich, such as the tank transfer method, cupramine treatment, and hyposalinity. seabass recently wrote a nice article about it.
  14. Hopefully things turn around for it.
  15. Oh, I had no idea you could do that! I'll do it when I get home. Unfortunately when I get home the tank is already asleep (so that it can be on while I am home/awake on my off days). But I will get a pretty picture of it tomorrow! =)