new pet octo!: continuation.

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  1. Dustinh

    Dustinh Blue Ring Registered

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    tommorow i am purchasing my Biocube.
    now, this is my list:

    Day 1:
    Biocube (of course)
    argonite live sand
    r/o water
    ammonia, Nitrate, Nitrite, Copper test kits
    Hydrometer
    Thermometer
    bucket
    siphon

    Day 2:
    Live Rock

    Eventually:
    Sea Urchin,
    Octopus Mercatoris


    one question though,
    what PH do you need for an octopus?
    and do i need anything else?
    (do not say Protein Skimmer.)

    i'm hoping Nancy can help me on this one!:wink:
     
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    Some kind of artificial sea salt might be useful... :wink:
     
  3. Dustinh

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    oh gosh,

    yeah!

    i forgot about that.
    and a heater.
    :razz:
     
  4. Nancy

    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    If you're buying a new Biocube, you don't really need a copper test kit, but you do need some way to measure the pH - a pH tester or monitor.

    These are recommended water parameters:
    Salinity 1.024 -1.026
    pH 8.2-8.4
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate < 25 ppm


    You'll need some buffer to raise the pH level and to buffer top off water.

    And what about a cleaning sponge or algae scraper for the glass?

    Ask your LFS for some empty large (5 gallon) salt buckets. You'll need at least 2 for water changes. A 5-gallon jug for storing salt water for emergencies is good, too. A one gallon jug (empty spring or distilled water jug) is good for top off water (RO/DI, plus buffer to raise pH).

    Fortunately, you'll have some time to see what else you need before you get your octopus.

    Nancy
     
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    well today i set up my biocube with crushed coral
    (i wanted argonite.)

    we have to get a power-strip and redo electrical wires.
    :sad:

    but we will fill the tank up tommorow,

    get live rock the next day maybe,
    and then i will wait for my octopus:squidwar:
     
  6. Dustinh

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    the tank has been filled for about 2 1/2 days.

    today we put in the live rock.
    the PH is too high, but settling, its actually at 8.5 now.
    salinity is perfect.

    but the tank hasn't started cycling yet...
     
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    Make sure your using Saltwater PH test kit. That seems high for a new set-up unless you put in some chemicals to raise the PH.
     
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    the crushed corals made the ph at a 9.0
     
  9. Dustinh

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    i got my Permit todayy :D
     

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