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Old 03-01-2007, 11:47 PM   #1
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I pretty much have my set up. I need to purchase a few more items, but i have the tank filled most of the way with salt water(which has been sitting for over a month)with a powerhead and a heater. I have live argonite sand(not in tank, in package) but i dont know when to add this due to the amout salt that will swing up and down as i add stuff to my tank.
Would it be to hard to set up a overflow and sump? The whole sump-overflow idea confuses me. Are overflows powered by a pump, if so how does it stop them from getting water everywhere?
The water i have know won't go back to being clear. i have no form of filtration but i figured it would settle. I have added 60 lbs sand and am going to add about 50 more. How to i get crystal clear water?
These are all teh questions i have for now but i will have alot more
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The salt shouldn't go up and down as you add stuff to the tank. SG will change as your water evaporates which is corrected with top-off water (Fresh water) An over flow is a pretty simple thing, water is pumped from a sump (below) and spills over or through a U shaped tube in the overflow and then goes down into the sump creating a circle. As the water is pumped up into the main tank it is then "overflowed" back into the sump. The syphon stops when the pump stops putting water into the main tank.
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thanks ziggy
do i want to add live rock after i have everything set up or does it matter? Can live rock and sand stand sg changes as i add more water. do they need protien skimmers, ect. to survive?
The water in my tank is VERY foggy, there was white dots on the side but not most of them are floating around in the tank. will this go away with filtration? The glass appears to have a dusty film on it...what do u think?
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do i want to add live rock after i have everything set up or does it matter?
I would add it now. It can help your cycle and will give you more nitrifying bacteria, in/on the rock.
Remember, live is really talking about the nitrifying bacteria. As long as you don't have huge swings the LR/sand will be ok. At this point (since you are cycling) I wouldn't worry too much about a skimmer.
The white dots are probably "pods" which shows a sign of a cycling tank. They will move to the LR and borrow around in the sand and grow....good stuff there.
The dusty film could be diatoms, is it on the sand too? This is also another good sign.
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Can you give us an update on the equipment you do have on the tank? Lighting, PHs ect...
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the dusty film is covering everything but i didnt even think i started my cycle yet. i havent added anything to get it started.... iso far i have one powerhead, 150 watt heater, hydrometer, 55gal tank, and lights i dont plan to keep for long.(15 watts) pieces. the live sand is full of algae. if i add that now how long could it go without the skimmer? whats the most sg change the sand and rock can stand without losing its values.
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If you have the SW in your tank go ahead and add the LR so the the nitrifying bacteria can start. LR and a skimmer will give good biological filtration.
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i dont have the live rock YET, but im going to add the live sand. how soon before i should start testing the water for pH, ammonium, ect?
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Here is a link for your cycle.

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Old 03-02-2007, 08:04 PM   #10
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i added live sand to the tank live rock wont b in for a week or 2...

what exactaly do protien skimmers do?
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