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Old 01-18-2010, 12:06 PM   #51
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This thread is like a suspense film, can't wait to see what unfolds next. Looks like you've done a great job on bringing the tank back from the brink of death. Your journal has enlightened me to a few cleaning tips for my own tank. Keep up the good work!
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:09 PM   #52
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This has been a very interesting, yet disturbing and probably not all that atypical for business owners who don't pay for regular maintenance.
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:03 PM   #53
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What are the tank dimensions for the 135 gallon?
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Old 01-20-2010, 09:23 PM   #54
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Aquarium dimensions - reference

135 is 4 inches taller than a 125L
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:59 PM   #55
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Pics 1/17 to 1/20 and Test Results

So hereís test results from 1/18/10

pH 8.3
KH 11.5-11.8
Salinity 35.5
Ammonia 0
Nitrate 50-60
Phosphate 2-3

And a set of pics, the first is from 1/17 of the open side of the tank, half cleaned and half not. Guess which is which



Pics on 1/18

Flash pic of full tank



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One thing to note here, I fired up his 225 Cichlid tank, and that had the exact same light fixture and bulbs, but was only a year old or so, so we swapped the fixtures, and oh what a difference. Still probably should replace the bulbs, but this is better than the old ones!!

Closeup of right (open) side



That stuff grows a skin over the top layer of substrate and I canít siphon it off without taking the gravel. Gotta get the Nitrates and Phosphates down and get that skimmer in, Iím losing this battle.

Pufffer



Pics on 1/20, 3 days after cleaning

Substrate on right (open) side super close



Rock (non-reef, slate rock) with green hair algae



And, the red cyano is growing on the overflows again. And everywhere else. Iím gonna get some ROWAPHOS and see if that helps. They make a nitrate remover for freshwater, why not for saltwater?
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I know theres some out there Floyd. Not sure about specifics though.
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Floyd, other then PWC's I don't think anyone makes an additive to reduce nitrates in a marine tank.
Read here:http://www.aquariumpros.com/faqpro/c...shtml#05201612
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Old 01-22-2010, 01:31 PM   #58
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Thanks, I was hoping to find a marine version of Nitra-Zorb or something like that. Does anyone know the reason why Nitra-zorb can't be used on a SW tank, and why no one has developed a similar SW product? You're stuck with large amounts of LR, PWCs, denitrators (aquariupure, seachem, kent, etc)...seems like some chemist out there would have figured this out. Besides the sulfur denitrator method, which I know little about, except that it works rather quickly and precipitates something into your water.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:03 PM   #59
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Clean-up Crew - looking for input

I am going to buy a clean-up crew for this tank from reefcleaners.org. Here's what I'm considering, based on what they have available. I think this will be a good start, and probably will be some food for the puffer, so we'll see how it goes:

5 assorted hermit crabs
20 dwarf Cerith snails
5 nassarius snails
20 small to medium Nerite snails
10 large Nerite snails

From what I've read, it's suggested 1 hermit per 4 gallons, 1 nassarius per 3 gallons, and 1 per gallon for the rest. This adds up to about 85 gallons worth of CUC.

The only concern I had was with the Nassarius snails, they suggest a 4" deep substrate since they burrow in it. This tank only has 1", but it's plenty dirty, so I figured 5 would be more than enough, considering the massive food source there (it looks even worse than the last set of pics, a skin of red cyano over all exposed substrate).

Any other suggestions or ideas?
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Wow... with all those snails, your puffer is going to think it's Christmas again!
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