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Old 06-09-2011, 04:48 PM   #51
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Haven't got there yet. Will let you know.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:53 PM   #52
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Old 06-09-2011, 07:08 PM   #53
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It had a lot of fish, coral, inverts, clams and other stuff. Wont buy any livestock there but gave me awesome opportunity to see a variety live instead of just pictures. I could have watched for hours. No base rock. Very little live rock and not good. Bought white academy something sand and black. 40 white 20 black. Gonna add black in small amt. Don't want a lot maybe 5lb if that. Can't wait but I will so I get them the good home. Gotta research on my crappy pictures. Gonna order base when I get home in 2-3 hrs.
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Old 06-11-2011, 10:07 PM   #54
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Update: Drained alot of water from tank. Left enough to cover rock. Stirring it up alot. Had 80 pounds of Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand already. Bought 40 more pounds of same sand. Also bought 20 pounds of CaribSea Premium Substrate Sand in Black.

I'm think my tank had started something because when I moved the rock so I can put the sand in, my rock was changing colors, some pretty purple too. Plus there was a small snail of some sort on one and in another there looks to be this purple clam shape, half inside one of the holes but enough out of it that it looks like a closed clam.

Also there is this red little, I don't know what to call it but it's a blob. I didn't touch it but when I put this rock in, and matter of fact before I bought it, I looked for creepy crawlers and didn't see any, definitely not the first two. They stand out like a sore thumb and my rock had almost gone white before I got it in my tank,

So moved rocks to one side so I can put sand in. Gonna try to shift sand evenly across but wavy. Don't know if I am gonna use the whole 40 more white or not. Depends on how the depth looks to me.

Then after I get the white arranged, am gonna add black by the handfuls til I get the look I want. Could only buy it in 20 pounds though I did ask for 5 or 10 lol, I don't think I will be using all 20 but it depends on how it looks.

No RO/DI yet. Reviewing them and can't make up my mind. I need a drain and can't figure how to do that part yet so can't pick. I don't really want to hook up to sink or underdersink.

Time to go add sand so it can settle where I can see to add some black.

Still need to order base rock and some more live too just haven't had time. Hope to do that tonite.

When you order live rock how have your orders been delivered. In water or no? And generally how long does it take to arrive?

Thanks, will take a picture as soon as I get my camera working and the sand and rock in.

One more question...

I quit testing the water til I get the rest of my rock cause of tap water however since, I found the colors going, I am wonder when and how often I should test?

Last time I tested was Monday and everything was 0. But then I had chlorinated water too. Now I have dechlorinator that I had put in and will continue to do so until I get an RO/DI.

Thanks again everyone.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:23 PM   #55
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buffy, first off sounds like you are eyeballs deep in your first build!!! its hectic but excessively addicting as well. it sounds as though you are getting some growth cycle going on in your tank...im personally a freshie but ill be following along closely I got a 55g tank sitting in my basementl calling my name...gonna be following you here within a few months on my first salt build as well!! hope all goes well and ill help out as much as possible
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Base rock will arrive dry, no worries,

I test every few days but when i first setup a tank I usually get nerotic andf test twice a day. lol
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:34 PM   #57
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Negligent, Tag along I like extra butter if you bring the popcorn LOL. Keep me posted on your tank and I'll tag along too, it's so amazing to see everyone's tanks from start to finish. (Eyeballs deep, only cause I've been so totally braindead at work that it has trickled, well flooded actually into my off time).

Carey - Thanks, I was testing every day there til I found I had that chlorine. I figure once I get the rock and sand in place then I'd start testing again. Will test every day while I watch out things work? Once your tank is established and you've stocked it the way you are going to (fish and all), then how often do you normally test?
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I still test every 3 dasy or so for ammonia and nitrate. Maybe every other week for everything else: calcium, phosphates etc...

Yep, once everything is in then I would def start testing. You wanna be able to see the ammonia spike, nitrite spike and the resulting nitrates.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:49 PM   #59
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After doing more reading (lol) I originally was gonna buy a Fluval 405, but when I went to the LFS, he talked me into the PF. Now I'm not sure that when I've finally got my rock and start cycling it is enough. I still have to cut the extension to fit in my tank. But before I do that, am wondering if I need change anything.

P.S. As of right now, I don't have a wavemaker and not sure if I need one and I also don't have any power heads or pumps for in the tank. If I need these items placed prior to setting up rock, the I need to do that first.

Anyone have input?

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I don't believe you need the ph before setting up the rock and substrate..the ph may( emphasis on may) help speed up the cycling aa lil bit...just remember that you always wanna have a stead current in a salt water tank.
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