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Old 04-22-2005, 03:57 PM   #21
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doesen't these clean up crews produce waste and how much maintenance are we talking about here. When I tried the berlin way with plenty of clean up crews I found it was like a part time job monitoring and wc.
Inverts, in general, do not contribute to the bioload so that is not a problem. Can you explain the system you where using as a "berlin" system? Size of tank, type and amount of biological filtration, bioload and feeding schedule? What exactly were you having trouble with?

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Old 04-22-2005, 04:30 PM   #22
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I have a 75g tank predrilled with a sump. In the sump was a heater and a berlin(red sea) protein skimmer. I had 125 lbs of live rock with a about 75 crabs and 50 snails.(half mexican turbo snails). I had a lot of coral and two tangs. one yellow and one brown. I was using VHO 440 watts.

I was always watching the ammonia it would spike once and a while and there was nasty stuff on the rock all the time. like dust and then the coralline algea would grow in the dust and not the rock. I had a lot of power heads to keep current going but this dust stuff would fill up voids and just looked bad.

that is all I can think of at this time. so what did I do wrong and why was it this way??

I put on a wet dry system about 6 months ago and my water has never been so crystal clear and all that crap is pretty much gone.

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AR15 guy that is good, question how old are your tanks and how often do you do a WC. And seeing the tanks you have have a very low bioload 1 fish in one and 2 in the other tank I'm not shocked that your NO3 is 0.
Do you have more fish then that now? There are exceptions to everything.
Tanks are a couple months old. I never saw nitrates in the 10 gallon. I added 20lbs of LS and 5 lbs LR to it right off the start. Cycled very fast. The 38 went through a pretty rough cycle but everything went right down to 0.

I still only have 3 fish. I swapped the 5lbs of LR to the 38 along with the 2 clownfish. Now the damsel is in the 10 gallon. I plan on adding a royal gramma and a firefish to the 38 in the next week or so. Not sure whats in store for the 10 gallon.

Oh and I have never done a water change on the 38 gallon. And I have done 1 WC on the 10. It was like a 1 gallon change. Other than that I just do top offs with distilled. I filled the tanks up with tap to begin with.

38 gal SW, CC, 40lbs base rock, 5lbs live, emporer 280, bio-wheel 330,tronic heater, 2 O. clowns, 1 firefish.

29 gal FW, boring...soon to be salt I think.

10 gal SW, 20lbs LS, 20lbs base rock, 1 unhappy domino damsel (he was in the 38...switched the percs and the damesel recently).
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