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    I have a new used tank I got yesterday. I have it all setup with the water at the correct salinity, though temperature is proving problematic staying at 82 degrees even though my house temperature is closer to 68. I assume that will equalize out. Are my live rocks and live sand in danger?

    I have 2 florescent tube lighting fixtures, but no bulbs. I was considering going to the aquarium store tomorrow to get bulbs. I'm sure they will tell me I need them, but do I?



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    Your sand and rock should be fine. Mine was sitting at 80 for a while and everything lived. It could be your pumps giving off heat.

    You will need some type of specialized lighting, the cost of lighting however depends on if you are trying to go reef or FOWLER (fish only with live rock). I don't think you'd have to worry to much with only rock in there right now, exept to get all the little critters used to the day/night cycle.

    If I were you I'd do a bit of reserch, and slow things down a bit
    not sure if you've already gotten this link http://www.dfwfishbox.com/forums/pro...ad.php?t=18082

    What's the size of your tank? and how much live rock do you have?



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    I've been watching the heater, which has the thermostat built in, and I question that 80 degree reading. I unplugged it for a couple of hours, and when I plugged it in it said 71 degrees. I watched the heater turn on and off for a while, and the temperature went up to 75. It didn't turn on again, and the temperature kept going up to 82. I'm going to pick up a thermometer today to verify.

    I'm going to start out FOWLR, but would eventually like to go coral. I'm already resigned to take it slow, and I am certainly doing a lot of research reading a lot on that link you sent and other websites. My goal is to start introducing a single cheap fish in 2 weeks or whenever the cycle completes. Watch how it goes, and slowly add more.

    The tank is 100 gallons, and I have 80 lbs of live sand and 80 lbs of live rock, or at least so I've been told.



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    What kinda of heater ?
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    I got a heater for my setup but I dont use it cause it over heats my tank



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    Quote Originally Posted by snow999ball View Post
    I got a heater for my setup but I dont use it cause it over heats my tank
    Well I think you have a faulty heater then, all heaters should have a temp controler on them unless you have a realy old heater
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    it may just be where I have it cause it has turn off, not sure it works though, either way my equipment heats the tank enough



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    The heater is a Johnlen 300W Micom Led Heater. The problem is the thermostat, I bought a thermometer to sit in the tank, and adjusted the temperature based on that. It is now set to 82 deg, and the tank temp is actually 75...

    I started a spreadsheet to keep track of the cycle, and while it has only been 2 days, I am starting to note something. The ammonia is going up, yesterday it was .5, and today it is 1. The nitrites however are still at zero, and the nitrates have stayed at 15. I don't know where the nitrates are coming from, but with the lack of nitrites I'm wondering if it is possible that the live rock is now dead rock. Given the tank is only 3 days old now, I'm not worried quite yet



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    The cycle goes ammonia>nitrites>nitrates.
    But the nitrates can just be from detritus in the liverock and sand.



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    Could try some cheap hermit crabs and snails, to start with to test the waters. I got mine for a buck a pop at this new place in Irving "Saltwater Paradise" (finaly something not petco or petsmart in town)
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