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Old 09-17-2006, 01:15 PM   #51
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As for the sand I have about half silicate and half aragonite sand. The silicate is pool filter sand and the aragonite is sand out of the tanks at the LFS.

I have plenty of flow, I've got an xP1, the skimmer, and I've got an aquaclear 70 PH. Ever since I've put it in there I've started seeing dunes forming.

My tap water could or could not have a problem with algea. We will see. That just has to do with where I am located and what is in the water.

This isn't that expensive of a hobby. It's more fun than anything.

Allready checked the hydro. Reads perfect.

Angelscrx was saying that tap water has too much chlorine in the water and thats why its not good...Well chlorine is probobly the least imported additive to the water. Silicate in tap water is what causes algea growth. Chlorine and chloramine can be dealt with rather simply.

Anywho, I will get an RO unit in the future when I set up my big tank. No biggy.

Mike your tank looks awesome btw.
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:23 AM   #52
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calibrate your hydro by marking where is shows with sea water or water that you know for a fact is 1.025

Calibrate with distilled water and set at zero.
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Old 09-18-2006, 05:13 PM   #53
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Sweet I got a couple more peices of fully cured LR with all kinds of live on them.

I will get some more pics when I have completed getting all the rock I want...And maybe when the cycle finishes.

EDIT: Here are some pics of the rocks I just got about 2 hours ago. The lady I got them from gave me a couple frags to experiment with also.




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Old 09-19-2006, 04:27 PM   #54
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well my ammonia is still 1.0 nitrite 0 and nitrate 0...........so I guess I'm a long ways off...I'll update again in 2-4 days or so.
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Looking pretty good.
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:16 PM   #56
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Thank you, I'm trying to set up a fuge right now...I'd get pics of that next...it's so cramped under there....no room for anything else whatsoever
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Old 09-22-2006, 12:26 AM   #57
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Dude that looks awesome man. Ill deff have to come by and check it out. How long ago did you start the cycle?
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Old 09-22-2006, 12:34 AM   #58
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Well that little power head I got crapped out on me...lol...I'm so mad...

I've bought so much stuff from Petsmart and never had any problem...but I've bought stuff from petco and pretty much 50% or more of the stuff has broken within just a couple days.
Stick with the petsmart on univ it sucks they dont sell sw fish but take any add in there online and they will beat it I got two emperor 280s for 20.00 a piece. and a whisper 100 aerator for 10.00 and he trew in free tubing I know its only 2.00 for tubing but hey they will really help you out if you roll in there once a week. lol i am really liking the tank
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EDIT: hey Alex you can come check it out tonight if you want. I think I am going to go get some stuff from Home Depot and start building the new hood for it and get the tops made for the overflow box and the sump. We can build a hood for your tank too if you want.


Aight well here is a new pic i just took. I got quite a bit more live rock, and I also set up my sump.

Right now it has 1400 gph flow. Thats a turn over rate of about 33.3 times per hour. Which issn't too bad I don't believe.

I put some big packets of carbon in the sump. I'm going to leave them there for a couple days to try and remove some of the chemicals from the water. It cleared up a lot in the last 2 days.


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I could be wrong, but I think you might need the water to go through the carbon, for it to filter properly. What kind of chemicals are in your water?
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