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Old 02-14-2007, 09:19 PM   #1
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45 gallon tank upgrade w/ pics-Updated 2-25-07

Even though I've had my 29 gallon reef set up for about 4 years now, time has come to upgrade. I was unhappy with the size for a while, just not much to do there! I've had a 45 gallon tall sitting around for a while, so finally started the long, thought-out process of upgrading.

Specs for the new tank, are as follows:

45 gallon tall (36x12x24)
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Everything from the 29 is gonna go into it. I must get rid of the tank.

Anyways, here are some pics of Day 1
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:21 PM   #2
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Day 2.

Added some liverock and PC lights. Sand cloudiness still settling.
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Day 3

Sand has settled and tank looks clear. Hoping to begin moving over some rock today from the established tank.

Parameters as of this morning

NH3-.25
NO2-0
NO3-0
pH- 7.9 (Low cause of the cycle)
Alk - a little high at 13 dKh.
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congrats!! looks great so far!! def more pics as you go along.
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Looks liker things are progressing nicely.
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Looks good, are you keeping your water level lower to keep salt creep down during the cycle?
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Lookin good! I'm really interested in how long the cycle will take, with that established rock.
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Thanks guys!

Micah, I was keeping it low so I'd have plenty of room to dig my hands around and add new rock. I topped it off yesterday.

I moved over about 80% of the old liverock yesterday. Water parameters this morning are:

NH3- .5
NO2- 0
NO3- 10
pH- 7.8

Odd readings...and I'm questioning my NH3 kit... but we'll see.

I'm still working on the aquascape...evident by the small rocks sitting on the sandbed. We'll see what tonight brings.
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Cool!! I've been looking at my 55g FW planted tank with thoughts of another reef tank....
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aquascaping sure takes awhile to figure out!! at least for me it does
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