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Old 12-24-2013, 02:02 AM   #11
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Merry Christmas every one!

I have the tank plumbed and freshwater in it for testing and clean up. All seems to be working pretty well, but is a little loud from the overflow going into the sump, and a little from the return pump. Going to try to quiet that down a little bit! Here are some more photos, kind of tough with my phone as the area is pretty tight.

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Old 12-24-2013, 10:30 AM   #12
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Looking good, I wish I could do an in wall build but my house was built in 1860 so that's not gonna happen
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:26 PM   #13
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Looking great, can't wait to see it lighted up & with some livestock!
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:23 AM   #14
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So, sand is in, rocks are set, water is flowing and a half of a shrimp swam down to the bottom and disappeared into the milky water.. Water was pretty cloudy when I set it all up, but after about three hours it cleaned up quite a bit! Can't wait to get up tomorrow and check the temp and salinity. I am very excited to watch the process happen!

I will try to post photos in the morning
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:24 AM   #15
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The shrimp has more or less disintegrated, ammonia is up a little, the rest of the parameters are pretty good! What is the next step?

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There are some little twig like algae growing on some of my live rock, not sure what it is.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:26 AM   #16
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So, decided I didn't like the rock, moved it, still not 100% happy, but it is definitely better. I have been tested the water hoping for the cycle to happen, but haven't seen much action. Ammonia did go up to .5 on the first, I would think that would have spiked higher. All others stayed consistently even, until tonight, when nitrates were at 20. Is this the cycle? I have no clue. I do know that I am getting some brown algal growth on some of the base rock. So that must be good, right. Been trying to be as patient as possible, but am ready for live creatures!

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That's it for now,
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Old 01-11-2014, 12:06 AM   #17
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That's diatoms. Normal for a new tank. It will go away soon.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:17 AM   #18
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Thank you, Craig! Going to do the big water change today and get ready for my clean up crew.
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:56 PM   #19
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Well, today is the day for a 60 gallon water change. I have 30 gallons of new salt water circulating , will start the drain down and clean up as soon as the rest is mixing. This will provide a good chance to rearrange my rocks for good, remove some particulate, and get ready for the clean up crew.

Off to test the water, wish me good luck!

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Old 01-12-2014, 09:35 PM   #20
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Water change went great, all parameters are in check! The clean up crew is in the tank and busily working away I got some really cool hermits, and snails, a cucumber and others, pictures to follow.
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