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    ---> Should i do it all over again !?! ?!?

    Here is my conundrum....
    I bought a tank 1 week ago
    80g / 50lbs LR / t5 Lights / Coral Sand for bed 1 inch/ 2x canister/ hydor /2 fish

    So i went there, took everything + 35g of water

    @ Home
    I fixed the stand with 2x4, hooked up a sump. made an overflow with Durso...
    while rocks and fishes were sitting in 2x10g with light n water flow... for 2 days.
    And the sand in a box with foam, wet , no sun, no heat.. nothing...

    2 Days later
    poor in sand / old water / new water mix.. everything works fine....
    the rest goes in...

    1 week later.... 2 dead fish, tons of brown algea growing, Po over 2ppm..Hell
    Rock getn less purple more brown/Dark Green (wernt really purp to begin with)
    Cloudy Water. floating particules
    I did started up old FLuval wich filled up thank with floating crap...
    Cleaned it back on got rid of crap but.... Many mistakes wer done

    Heres a list of questions
    *Should i have cleaned the sand ?
    *Can the silicon leak phosphate or worse into water,
    i used Ge II 100% Clear, door and window ( used it before on fresh worked fine)
    *if i let it run can it just get rid of the phosphate and brown algea and start cycle again

    ****Finally*****

    Now that i read all the 1000 Pages of "Aquarium - The Reef Aquarium - vol.1and2"
    Should i just empty it all
    Clean it all dry
    Clean LR
    GEt ro/di WAter
    Let it cycle....
    Enjoy my tank for the first time in about 2 months

    Thanks to anyone who read this all the way
    More thanks for those who will answer
    Phil

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    Yikes !
    I'm tempted to ask which store let u buy all this in one day.
    But lets not go there plz.
    It will just start another war.
    Note: Good stores should have warned you that it was not the way to go.

    Your tank needs to pass through cycles of bacteria before it is ready to accept animals ( corals,fish etc ) This cycle can take weeks or months depending on the system.

    First, I'd get a few good water tests made by salifert and test that water.
    PH, amonia, nitrate, nitrites, phosphates.
    get a good refractometer, ( sold for ~40$ ) by our sponsors here or online.
    make sure your water is within range ( 1.023 to 1.026 ) sea water average 1.025.. but moves from one region to another.

    Get RO/DI if you can, its not a must, but will help you on the long run.

    Test water, if its not severely out of wack, i'd keep the same water.
    Start your skimmer, and setup your lights to run on a small photoperiod ex: 4-6h a day for now.
    Your tank is already in its bacteria cycle, so lets not trash all that work and start over....if possible.

    Then re-test water again once that bacteria is gone, if all is well, pickup a small fish or 2 and a hardy coral frag and go from there.

    Hope this helps

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Thx Liv
    I should of mentionned it was a used tank, i do know bout the cycle
    i was just stuck with these fish and 30G of old water.
    I tought that the LR and old water and SB, since they wer already cycle
    Would handle the 2 fish
    So i did not clean much, didnt touch the LR nor the SB
    I test everything twice a day, high Ph, Alk, Po but i guess itll settle
    Im really thinkin bout takin it all out n cleaning every this (LR-SB-Aqua)
    And start from scratch since i lost all fish..

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    You could... a fresh start is sometimes better then carrying a problem over.

    A good clean sand bed is always nice... if it was old sand, it might have been filled with sulfur hydroxide i think is the name.. poison to most living things.
    a good wash in water many times and actively sturring it would help alot.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    yup. you convinced me
    I will wash all that bottom tank and start a new.
    I think its crush coral down there.
    its white, greyish with broken shells and pieces of rock everywhere
    aiight im off to clean duty
    Thanks again
    Phil

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