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Suggest looking at what you got happening at the moment you consider a 20% water change with plain RO water .
Leave for 24 hours then look at testing key parameters like ph,nitrates,nitrites,salinity,ammonia to start and see what you're readings are then .
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Post you're results back on here when you done water change and tests .
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Suggest looking at what you got happening at the moment you consider a 20% water change with plain RO water .
Leave for 24 hours then look at testing key parameters like ph,nitrates,nitrites,salinity,ammonia to start and see what you're readings are then .
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Thanks mate, I am cycling with ATM colony that says no water changes until at least day 4

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How long has it been so far ?
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How long has it been so far ?
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Added colony and couple of 1" clowns around 3PM Friday so nearly 48hrs

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Reply #20

Just out of interest how long did you wait after adding water , sand ,rock , before you added the fish ?
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Just out of interest how long did you wait after adding water , sand ,rock , before you added the fish ?
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Instructions pretty much say immediately, I put it in about 45mins prior while acclimating

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Oh sorry, misread thought you meant Colony

Sand, rock and water been in week with filters, pumps and heater running

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Reply #23

Ok , so you've gone the speedy quick version of cycling you're tank , no problem ,
When the 4 days is up then do a water change as mentioned and retest what I said and post.
Everyone has different ways to cycle their tanks , I personally wouldn't do the quick way like that but that's my opinion,you can do it you're way and it works and I'm not knocking it ,
Let's see where you are after the 4 days and a water change .
Look forward to seeing results ,
And when you do feed the fish only put in a bit , just enough so it's gone in a couple of mins .
You'll be fine , one step at a time , Rome wasn't built in a day as they say .
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Reply #24

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Bit conflicting this is from their website,
Probably better waited for 48 hours after dosing started before adding fish maybe .
But that said when you read about this stuff different websites say different ideas so who knows .
Anyway let's wait and see and don't worry about it .
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Reply #25

So Nitrate went up to 100 yesterday, did a 25% water change and now down to 50, will do another 25% on Saturday


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Reply #26

Dodgy test kit? 

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Reply #27

Using Salifert that I was recommended so dunno

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Using Salifert that I was recommended so dunno

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Salifert normally okay as long as it's in date.  Just thinking it's weird that a 25% water change would cut it by 50%?

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Salifert normally okay as long as it's in date.  Just thinking it's weird that a 25% water change would cut it by 50%?
Would adding carbon help at all? , ready instructions for colony states no skimmer until ammonia and nitrites at 0

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