Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 09-19-2005, 07:24 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Hampton VA
Posts: 5
1st Marine tank: 55g reef. Couple questions... with pics

Hey all.
Just to let you know, before I start ratteling off questions here, I've done NUMEROUS Google searches (with either no result, or conflicting results) and used the "search" function here.

Here's my setup:

55g glass aquarium
Marineland "Emperor 400" Bio-Wheel filter
Marineland "Penguin 550" Power head w/ bio filtration "sponge" on intake
Coralife lighting: 2 double Actinic and 2 double 10k's. (seperate plugs to allow timing)
About 40lbs of live rock (fresh stuff from a shipment the night before)
Live Sand (had been in the display tanks at the LFS for over a year... nice and bio-active)

Little story first...
This is actually my 2nd tank... the 1st was ruined within a week. The first live rock I got had about 8 Mantis Shrimp hitch hickers on it (tiny little ones, less than 1/8 inch). I asked my LFS for advice on how to get rid of them... they advised "Coppersafe" (a new employee). Being the newbie that I am I put it in. Then read about it online.... Well, I think you all know what that does (kills almost all inverts and can never be fully removed)... so the LFS paid for a whole new setup. Hence the nice fresh live rock, and year old live sand... also 2 bags of some of those little ceramic bio cylendar things that had been in their system for over a year.

This new 55g has been cooking for about a week with it's bio active goodness kicking up the Nitrate, Nitrite, and Amonia levels in just a few days... the levels are already dropping. Amonia is almost at 0, Nitrates are still at 35ppm, Nitrites are down to 5ppm.

Questions (finally).....

1.) There's some white fuzzy spots on my live rock... small... about the size of a quarter. They're a little fuzzy. I've read that they are die-off from the LR. Is there any possibility they could be anything else?

2.) Same thing on this sponge (at least i think it's a sponge).

3.) What's this little guy? anemone? coral?

4.) What're these little copper colored things?

5.) Should I clean this up?

6.) What's a propper lighting cycle... I've got actinics and 10ks and can set each on a timer. And plan to add corals, anemones, small fish, and clean up crew critters... snails, shrimp, crabs, stars.

7.) When is it safe to add corals? Crabs? Shrimp? Fish? (I've heard MANY conflicting responses on this one)

8.) Should I clean the brown crap off my LR?

9.) Anything else I should do? Anything important I should know? Suggestions on anything? equipment? critters?

Thanks guys!

Greyhaven7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2005, 07:48 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Posts: 113
Yes die-off the LR, for Q1 and Q2. For Q3 it looks like a glass anemone. For Q4 I have no idea as the pic is not that clear...
Q5 looks like your first algal bloom, don't worry it will get worst but it will pass with the natural cyling of the tank. If you can get a couple of powerheads for your water circulation.
Q6 I am assuming these are PC's right? Anyways 12-14 hrs is what is recommended. You could start with 1 or 1.5 hrs for actinics and then 11-12 hrs with the all of them and finally another 1-1.5 hrs of actinics only.
Q7 For at least 6 weeks leave the tank to cycle then get your cleanup crew, then maybe a fish or two and finally corals when you have your tank stabilized.
Q8 Leave it as it is for the cycling time...
Q9 Get a skimmer, this is a very useful piece of equipment and read a lot!!! In this hobby you can never stop learning

Good luck!
Homero Cuellar
hcuellart is offline   Reply With Quote

55 gallon, marine, pics, reef, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MY 1st reef tank juice28 Members Saltwater Tanks Showcase 16 04-26-2009 02:23 AM
couple of pics of 55g planted tank Orly Members Freshwater Tanks Showcase 12 02-23-2009 10:00 PM
my 1st Marine Tank - more pics! made some changes Stuquarium Saltwater Reef Aquaria 7 08-15-2005 09:04 AM
my 1st Marine Tank - big move, pics! questions too Stuquarium Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 8 08-09-2005 06:11 PM
Starting new 55G reef tank. Setup questions? marcos77 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 05-17-2004 11:40 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:51 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.