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Old 06-23-2007, 09:58 PM   #61
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Tests today

The skimmer is doing it's job - pulling out lots of beige-colored, soupy, crud. The "cloud" from the sand and rocks I added, and the rotting jumbo shrimp. I've got it turned all the way down, and its still a mass of solid, stable foam slowly rising up into the cup. I didn't expect the green gooey stuff since I don't have any livestock in there. But the water is getting clearer - in fact it's quite clear now.

Test today - ammonia, 4.0 - nitrite 0.50. pH is right on at 8.2, which is surprising considering the lack of water movement for the last 2 weeks.

I haven't tested nitrates yet. Probably tomorrow. I expect to see some 'trates showing, and 'trites start to drop soon.

The lone nassarius is still alive and kicking.

Very little evaporation going on - I'm surprised. I expected more with all the turbulence in the temporary sump. It's very humid right now in the basement, that could explain it.

Also, the display tank temp is right at 80 degrees, which is very surprising, since the house is well over 90 - it's been very hot this week. The basement sump is working wonders to keep the water temp down. Any lower than that and I'd need to add a heater to keep it higher.

Both of my SG swing-arm meter saying 1.028. My new refractometer will be here next week, but I trust my old one.

Did a 5G water change (treated with Prime, but no salt mixed), to start lowering the SG. I'm going to try to at least 5G each day, probably 10 to 20 next week.

I have about 2 weeks before I'd like to move my current livestock into the new tank. Going to keep moving my LR and LS to the new tank over the next two week, which should help the cycle finish up fast. I hope.

The new skimmer has produced about a 1/3rd inch of dark green crud on my current tank. It seems to still be breaking in, and producing a bit faster each day.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:35 PM   #62
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Today's update. Ammonia is down a tiny bit, nitrates are up to between the 2.0 and 5.0 reading (from 0.5 yesterday - big jump)

The ammonia alert badge, which I don't rely on, but use as a quick check, is down to the lowest level above 0.

I didn't test 'trates yet, but I'm sure they'll be building up.

I think the pumps "broke in" a bit, because they seem to be moving quite a bit more water than before. The returns are dual-output tubes, each adjustable, so I aimed the two middle ones down towards the rocks to get some water moving across/through them. The two outer once are pointed more upwards and toward the front - to add some surface disturbance. Gauging be "feel" alone, I'd guess each of the 4 nozzles are moving around 300 GPH - just comparing to my pumps here at home.

I have some water buildup on the inside of the cabinet doors - moisture, mostly - it wasn't salty. When I install the cooling fans this week in the canopy that might help remove the humidity and mist above the tank. If not, I need to so something about this.

I re-arranged the 150 pounds of reef rock. Couldn't see what I was doing beecause after I moved 5 or 6 pieces, the water clouded over bad. My acrylic sump and two sump socks/brackets will be here in a few days - that will fix that problem quickly. I'll probably purposely stir up the sediment for a few days to get rid of as much as I can. The 150 pounds is enough to cover the back glass half-way up, and come out about a foot at the bottom.

I might get some underwater expoxy putty and glue the reef roock together, up the back wall. Haven't decided yet. I do like to be able to re-arrange things, but I'd like to cover most of the back glass. That would help expose more of the rock for filtration too, and give me more spots to place corals. If I do, it's going to be a big job. 150 pounds of mostly fist or two-fist sized pieces would take some time. I'll wait until my sump and socks are installed, so the silt can be removed as I work.

Skimmer is still pulling out sandy-colored foam like mad. The water level in the temporary sump isn't constant, since its a tub with no baffles, so the skimmer isn't constant either, but it's pulling out enough foam that it must be working.

Temp is extremly stable - the basement sump is awesome!

pH is still 8.2. LOTS of water turbulence in the sump where the two overflows empty. O2 levels should be pretty good with that going on.

I'm wondering, since the 6 jumbo shrimp I put in a few weeks ago are all but gone, if I need to add more to keep the cycle going. Thoughts? As soon as I see ammonia and nitrate drop to safe levels, I'll probably add a damsel or two.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:45 AM   #63
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Sounds like you are well on your way Great that the pH is so stable right now

No reason to add any more shrimp unless you don't plan on adding fish for more then a week or two. If not then I'd add one shrimp a week which will keep your bacteria going.

I'd add 2-5 Blue/Green Reef Chromis over your typical damsel since they are beautiful fish and actively school.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:57 AM   #64
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Yeah, once the cycle was done (or close enough for rock and roll) I was going to add a few, and green chromis was on my list, I have 3 already, so 5 or 6 would school nicely, and they're so small they won't do much to my future bioload. I'm pretty sure they're damsels themselves, but most other damsels can be little monsters. I had a jewelled damsel early on when I started - the guy at the store told me they were friendly. Haha. He immediately started attacking all my other fish. I have a blue damsel - he behaves mostly now, but there were times I thought he was going to have to go.
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:03 AM   #65
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I think they are damsels also but wasn't 100% sure. Only other damsel I have/had is the yellow tail which IMO is a fun harmless small fish. Mine is 2 years old and still only 1.5" and gets along with everyone.
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Old 06-26-2007, 09:48 PM   #66
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Tonight ammonia is almost down to zero. Even the alert badge is back in the safe zone. Cool. Cycle has gone well so far.

The skimmer I have on it is no longer generating massive amounts of sandy-colored foam, but now is starting to spit out the green stuff. I'll probably back it off until I start adding livestock.

Nitrites skyrocketed - off the chart even. With ammonia under control, I'd think this spike wouldn't last more than a few days.

My AquaC EV180 is really performing well now, and is nicely broken in. No sump yet - the delivery I thought was the sump was actually my Xbox 360 being returned for repairs. Bummer. But I did get the 2 sump socks and brackets in, so as soon as I can straighten the drain lines, I can add those and start polishing the water.

Once trites are down to zero, I'll add a few damsels, then if that doesn't cause a spike, I'll add a few of my existing fish - whatever I can catch As I decrease the bioload on my current system, I'll move more of my LR and sand out to the new tank, until it's basically empty. I have a little over two weeks to get it all wrapped up.

Besides installing the permanent sump, I still need to cut some vent holes and isntall fans in the canopy, and do some more rock-scaping.
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:03 PM   #67
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Sump came in today. Looks great, but for a 2" crack in the acrylic on one end. Talked to Glass Cages, and I'm fine with "fixing" it - so they're sending me a couple tubes of good ol' #16.

I installed one of the sump socks and brackets on the rubbermaid sump, the hose isn't reach right for the 2nd. The real sump is a bit taller (and square) so it'll fit fine on it. But I've gotta get it fixed up first.

Ammonia is gone - nitrite is still high, off the chart still (goes straight to a dark purple that's not even on the color chart). Nitrite's been reading for a week or so now, so since ammonia cycled so fast, I expect nitrite to be gone in a few days.

Since pH and temp are so stable, I hope I might be able to pick up some chromis for the tank this weekend if nitrites drop out.

Oh, and the RO, water softener, and charcoal filter for the house are all installed. Once they're plumbed, I'll have RO water to work with - though I'll switch to my own RO/DI unit once I relocate my current livestock.
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:53 PM   #68
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Nitrites are still up there. A little closer in color to the top of the scale on the colorimetric chart than yesterday, so I think it's come down a bit. If I have time tonight to run out to the house, I'll do a half sample, to verify the real value, since it's so high.
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Sounds like it's coming along well.

Are you seeing any nitrates yet? Just curious.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:04 AM   #70
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Was going to test tonight,to see if nitrite is getting processed yet. I think I'll see a little.

I realized one thing I should have done - plumbed a drain line behind the tank, so I could do water changes, drained to the basement. I can still have a line over the tank, into the stand, and through the floor, and then down to the drain, but it's not quite as clean as I was hoping for. Maybe after we move in I'll punch a line through the wall behind the tank.
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