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Old 01-28-2012, 09:58 AM   #1
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Gary's first dip in the salt (build/journal thread)

Hello again..

So, it's been a while since I posted anything on here, but there hasn't really been any progress regarding the tank, apart from acquiring all the necessities.

Anyways, I have finally reached what I've been waiting for, and now I have 200l of saltwater mixing, it has been sitting in the waterbutt for a day now with a heater turned up to 26C, and a 750gph powerhead it's at 35ppt or 1.025sg at the moment. I'm going to let it mix for another full day, then I'm off to the LFS to get the live rock and start cycling the tank... I must say it's been a while since I've been so excited about something

On the picture front I haven't got much I'm afraid apart from a shot of the tank that was taken with my iFashionacessory, so excuse the quality.. Once I have the tank set up with everything I'm gonna bring a proper camera home and upload some good quality images...

Ps.: I've decided to try and go towards a reef setup from the start so the lights I ended up going with are 6 39w T5 HO bulbs (3 14k reef whites and 3 blue plus' both from iQatics which is a local company) with ind.reflectors, hence having to wait a bit longer to start setting everything up..



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More updates are coming up soon!

Thanks again for the help with starting out!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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Sorry, I had to start a new thread, as I haven't been able to find a way to move my existing one...
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
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Great start
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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Its a start! I'll be following along.
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So, I got the rock (about 50lb Indonesian live rock and 10-15lb base rock) and sand in the tank... It's a "bit" murky at the moment, but it should settle in a day or two I think...

Here's a wee update..



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Nice should clear up fairly quick.
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So the sand has settled more or less.. Good enough to turn equipment on again anyways...

I tested the water today as well to see how everything is after the first three days and the results are:

PH: 7.8 (possible because the powerheads were off yesterday due to the sand, so there was hardly any surface agitation)

Ammonia: 0.50ppm (I haven't dosed with pure ammonia or put anything in the tank as a source, so this is die off from the LR I think) I'm gonna see for the next couple of days if there's enough die off to get the cycle going, or if I'll need to dose..

Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm

Are these tests alright?

Again, this is my first go at a SW tank, so if I'm doing anything wrong please point it out to me..

Thank you!

As for an update, here's a few shots of the now clear tank..



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It seems like your tests are right if you have a bit of die-off from your live rock. It took me 2 days with a shrimp (my ammonia source) for any ammonia to show up during my cycle.
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Thanks Carissa, I think I'll be going with using a shrimp myself as I couldn't find any pure ammonia with no added chemicals...

Another thing, I noticed that a sort of film has formed on the top of the water that I can't seem to get rid of even with pointing the powerheads at the surface... I don't have a sump and use a canister filter, so I think the lack of an overflow could be the cause... My question is, does this cause any harm? And is there a way to get rid of it without an overflow?

Thank you all very much for the input...
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Yeah I had the same film I believe it was from the substrate it was gone after a few days.
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