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So I set up my new 65 gallon tank two weeks ago. I started with 30 gallons of water from an established tank, an AC70 from an established tank, 25 pounds of cured liverock and 55 pounds of dry rock. There is a three inch sand bed of new sand. Tests and numbers are: Temp 77, salinity 1.025, ammonia 0, and NO2 shows 2. So how long until I can safely start adding stuff from my 30 to this tank?
 

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I I always did the same day switches with adding new rocks and more sand. I never had a fish or coral die, but I should mention that I did not have a choice, because new tank was always replacing old one at the same location

29G >>>80>>>120>>>150>>>80 >>>25 :eek:
How did that happen? Got tired of water changes??
 

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There should be no need to wait that long. I would start adding stuff slowly one piece at a time to see how the tank reacts. If you move everything at once then you will crash the system. I've always waited a week for the tank to calm down then I add one piece of Live Rock each day or every other day so the tank can acclimate itself to the new pieces.

There is no real reason to wait a month to start adding stuff and never do a 100% WC or even a 50% WC if you can help it. It's more beneficial to do 10-20% each day over a week than it is a massive WC of 50%
 

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I wondered about changing that much water. Why would you want to change out the water that you just cycled?
 

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I just wait for the the first brown out and then I start adding stuff. Starting with snails of course.
Take it slow, I just add something new every weekend :)

Start with 5 trochus snails.
Then a pair of clowns if you want. Clowns are very hardy fish and great for newbies.
Then 5 nasarrius (sp) snails.
etc, etc.

-dan
 

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I have 40 snails, 6 benghai cardinals and 2 firefish for this tank. They are currently in a 30 but this will be their new home.
 

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I wondered about changing that much water. Why would you want to change out the water that you just cycled?
you don't have to change the water .the longer you wait the better chance you have fighting off the algaes this tank will receive.
there are many ways of starting a tank.
the first problem you will have is to combat the high nitrates.

go slow
 

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Do a few WCs to get the NO2 to ~0, transfer stuff over. Even with NO2, your critters should be fine, but a WC or two to get it down wouldn't hurt and shouldn't take long. The ammonia will be immediately toxic, but your LR is probably active enough to get it processed, hence the 0. I'd start transferring things slowly (starting with fish), then monitor your levels carefully with each thing that increases the bioload.
 

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When you mean "stuff" do you mean fish or do you mean corals too?
A hardy coral will survive and won't produce the ammonia like a fish will. Also bonus is if you were adding Green Star Polyps they will aid in the absorption of Nitrates. That said, the water parameters still have to be relatively stable before ANYTHING can be added. If you have good quality Live Rock that will help keep things from going too extreme.
 

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There should be no need to wait that long. I would start adding stuff slowly one piece at a time to see how the tank reacts. If you move everything at once then you will crash the system. I've always waited a week for the tank to calm down then I add one piece of Live Rock each day or every other day so the tank can acclimate itself to the new pieces.

There is no real reason to wait a month to start adding stuff and never do a 100% WC or even a 50% WC if you can help it. It's more beneficial to do 10-20% each day over a week than it is a massive WC of 50%
Yeah I can't agree more,do it slowly and as far as seeding nitrifying bacteria which you already have done then only about a week at the very most is all you have to wait,imho.
 
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