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Old 03-24-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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Finally, my 20 Gallon build

With 3 FW tanks up and running, I've decided to go salt

It's a 20 gallon tank. Right now, it's curing the rock. I took this pic about 10 minutes after adding the live sand and rock, hence the murkiness.

I will probably add another 20lbs of sand, though I'm not sure I will keep all the rock in there. If not...shucks, I'll have to do another tank (the wife would *never* let that happen).

So, this is the start of the 4-ish week cure. I'll be checking nitrite/trAte, and ammonia levels probably twice a week. Once the cure is done, the fun really starts.

Thankfully, the kids know that patience is key here. No matter how badly they want new fish, they know that if they don't wait, they won't survive.

One final question on this...since the rock is dry live rock, how will coralline algae be introduced? Did the use of live sand boost the probability of it?
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Well congrats first of. I would say it looks good but I can't see. As far as coraline, you are gonna need to get one piece from your lfs with some coraline on it to spread to dry rock. Your sand bed doesn't have anything to do with coraline. Good luck.
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Thanks. I'll stop by my LFS and pick up a chunk from them. The murk is still settling, and I'd expect that by tomorrow it should be clear. I was thinking of turning off the circulation pump to help it settle faster, but I don't know how much good that would really do.
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Here is a better pic. The powerhead is temporary and will be replaced with a Koralia Nano when the cure is done.
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So fresh and so clean. Looking good so far.
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So fresh and so clean. Looking good so far.
Thanks. I have a raw shrimp in there to build up ammonia while the rock cures. Waiting SUCKS...but I know it's worth it.
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Equipment question...for a small tank like this, what kind of circulation do I need? I have one Hydor Nano 425...do I need another, and if so, would a SmartWave be needed, or is it overkill?
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Once the cycle is conplete and all your levels are good ammonia , nitrite, nitrate , phosphate, calcium, ph , alkalinity etc. you can get Kent's purple tech . In my 20 g I dosed a little under 1/4 teaspoon once and I get coralline growing the next day
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My ammonia has dropped to 0. Nitrites are still off the chart. I dosed with a bottle of BioSpira earlier today. I still have the shrimp decomposing in the tank, should I pull it or keep it there as a food source for the BB?
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After a brief ammo overdose scare (see NitrAtes drop during cycle and cure?) my ammonia is dropping back to zero about 12hrs post-dose. Nitrites are still in the 2-5 range, though. Hopefully another week will have everything at zero (that needs to be at zero). Phosphates are also 0...

I've also added in my 2 Koralia Nano 425 pumps in addition to the MarineLand pump that's in there for uber-circulation. I dropped in a bag of SeaChem's Matrix Carbon a week and a half ago and SWEET SASSY MOLASSY...what a difference!! No stink, and the water cleared in about 18hrs.
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