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Old 10-15-2012, 01:01 AM   #11
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Yeah, you definitely want to do your own testing... Being budget concious, the Red Sea kits are probably one of the best values. There are better (and worse), but for the money, they are great kits. And once you get rolling, there really is no need to test every day.... right now I test twice a week, and that's only because I have enough corals in mine that it's starting to deplete calcium and alkalinity, and I'm going to need to start dosing my tank with supplements.
Ok good to know, I saw that Red Sea kit on amazon seems to be in my price range...how far along is your tank? When do you think I can start putting coral in?
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The two kits to have are the Algae Control & Reef Foundation Pro. These two kits will give you tests for nitrates, phosphates, calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium.

Saw your post over on tinsel's nano thread.... didn't want to hijack it. Like I said, I had corals in it within a few days after cycling was complete. Good starter corals are just about any of the "softies".... mushrooms, zoanthids, palythoas. What kind of lights in your BC?

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:48 AM   #13
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whoa!!! yours looks awesome!! thats a lot for just 3 months! i just have the stock lights that come on the coralife biocube 29. i hope they will be sufficient...any thoughts?
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oh and you can hijack anything i post, i am still figuring out this site...its kinda confusing..
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whoa!!! yours looks awesome!! thats a lot for just 3 months! i just have the stock lights that come on the coralife biocube 29. i hope they will be sufficient...any thoughts?
Thank you! That was quite a bit in a short period of time, but I had some fantastic deals fall into my lap, so I just watch it carefully & did a lot of water changes.

As far as your lights.... I have no idea what "stock" is. Do you know if they are fluorescent, metal halide, LED??? And did you get the tank new or used?? If it's new, your OK, just keep in mind that fluorescent & MH bulbs require annual replacement. If you picked it up used, I'd get a new set of bulbs in there for peace of mind. LED's don't require changing (at least not for a long time).


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oh and you can hijack anything i post, i am still figuring out this site...its kinda confusing..
What I was referring to was that you posted a different question than the original subject matter in someone else's thread..... that's called "hijacking". That's why I brought you back to your own thread for discussing this stuff.
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So the lights I have are 1-36 watt actinic blue and 1-36 watt 10,000 k daylight and 1-.75 watt blue LED bar, and my pump flow rate is 264gph (1000 L/H) whatever that means lol. I bought the biocube brand new. Today I am going to test my levels and tomorrow hopefully I can add a pair of percula clowns and maybe a couple pieces of coral if all tests well.... Any thoughts?
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So I had my water levels tested today and everything was next to perfect. But I did notice some green algae on my live rock....this is okay right? But I think I am running my lights too long. What is a good schedule with the lights I am going to get a timer tomorrow, I'm gonna get one of those strip timers cause I have the whites and the blues that I need to run... Just not sure how long for both ad how long for separate...
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So the lights I have are 1-36 watt actinic blue and 1-36 watt 10,000 k daylight and 1-.75 watt blue LED bar, and my pump flow rate is 264gph (1000 L/H) whatever that means lol. I bought the biocube brand new. Today I am going to test my levels and tomorrow hopefully I can add a pair of percula clowns and maybe a couple pieces of coral if all tests well.... Any thoughts?
OK, sounds like you've got the fluorescent, which will allow you to keep softies (mushrooms, zoas, palys) and some LPS.
As far as the fish, are we talking true perculas or false perculas (ocellaris)? If you don't know the difference, read these, and I'd recommend the ocellaris since they're a bit hardier (and cheaper should you happen to lose them).
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: True Percula Clownfish
Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Ocellaris Clownfish



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So I had my water levels tested today and everything was next to perfect. But I did notice some green algae on my live rock....this is okay right? But I think I am running my lights too long. What is a good schedule with the lights I am going to get a timer tomorrow, I'm gonna get one of those strip timers cause I have the whites and the blues that I need to run... Just not sure how long for both ad how long for separate...
First thing, what exactly is "next to perfect"? We like to hear numbers. What specifically is your ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, salinity, pH, calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium? This is why we recommend your own test kits so we can get exact numbers directly from you to diagnose possible problems.
Second, if everything was next to perfect, you shouldn't have green algae already. Light is only the catalyst for algae.... cutting back the lights doesn't cure the underlying issue. The reason you have it is due to excess nutrients somewhere in your tank..... namely nitrates & phosphates. Did you do a complete water change after your cycle was complete? You need to do this to get rid of the nutrients from the cycle.
As far as lighting schedule, everyone varies.... I'd have the actinics come on an hour before and stay on an hour after your main light (staying on with the main light), and probably run your main light for 6-8 hours. Then run your blue LED moonlights for an hour or two in the evening after the actinics have shut off.
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I did do a 10 gallon water change after the first two weeks, my water levels yesterday were ammonia-0.0 nitrite-0.0 nitrate-5.0 KH- 10 salinity- 1.023 didn't test ph calcium or phosphate. I am going to get a home test kit as soon as my budget is right, they are pretty expensive. I'm pretty positive I was running my main light too long and as of yesterday my clean up crew took good care of that algae. Today I got a pair of percula clowns, one torch coral, yellow zoa, and a mushroom coral. I'm going to wal-mart later to get a timer for my lights. I plan on doing another water change next week... Here is a pic I took today.
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At the store the clowns were called perculas, and they were 9$ each... Not sure if they are true ones or not I read the links you posted....they are pretty lively though, swimming all over the place they seem to like their new home what should I get next? I was thinking of a bangai cardinal or a watchman goby, and I def wanna get a cleaner shrimp. What are the real green flows coral at the bottom of your tank?
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