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Old 05-22-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Help with my biocube cycle!!

Hello all. I'm new to the saltwater game and decided to start my first Biocube 29. I will not bore you guys with the long story so I'll break down what I have and what issues I'm having. I have the 29 gallon biocube, stock lights, removed the bioballs and have the intank Media basket with filter floss in top rack, purigen in middle rack and chem elite in bottom rack and also have removed the sponge between chamber 2 and 3. I've changed the pump to the MJ1200 and put in the Hydor 600 power head.
I started this tank about 5 days ago so I know its very new. I put in 25 lbs of live rock and about 22 lbs of live sand (covers about 1 inch of the bottom). My friend brought over 30 gallons of water from his tank. I understand that the water will usually not play a roll on the cycle time. The first day after the tank was set up, the ammonia was 0 and so was the nitrate. Now the ammonia is .50 or so and the nitrate is now up to 40. From what Ive read, this is a good thing. Btw, this is a fishless cycle.
Today I got home from work and it looks like there is some brown algae staring to form and some of it looks slimy and some of it looks hairy. I have not done a water change and the salinity seems to stay around 1.024.

My question is, should I leave it and just get some clean up crew or should I do a small water change? I've been nerding out over this saltwater stuff for weeks now, lol, but now I'm a little lost and need some help. Please let me know what you think...
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:58 PM   #2
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It's diatom Algee it will get worse before it gets better. It's normal for a new tank.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:05 PM   #3
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Thanks! Thats what I was thinking from looking at other post now .. Should I let it ride? Some folks say get a small clean up crew, some say keep lights off and do a 5 gallon water change ...
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
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I added two turbo snails and when they were done I had to drop pellets in so they wouldn't starve. But my tank was also completely cycled.

I would let it ride its course.
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:55 PM   #5
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With ammonia present I would say you have a little ways to go in your cycle yet. Just be patient! Are you using an ammonia source?
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:17 PM   #6
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Thanks, no I haven't use any source yet. I have been the lucky person of getting advise from three different people, lol.. So a little confused to say the least.
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Well you can dose the tank with pure ammonia or put a raw shrimp in.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:26 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone for the input. As you can see, its starting to cover pretty good and some has appeared on the sand. You may not be able to see but I noticed this morning it looks like there were some friends (3 Zebra snails) chilling in the rock but this is the first time I've seen them in 5 days. They appear to be having a good appetite, but should I leave them or take them out?

Also, as I mentioned I put in the Hydor 600 and for some reason, I just don't think its doing an awesome job with water flow like I thought it would. I'm starting to think I don't even have it working correctly, lol... Anyways, as you can see I went and got some loc-line for the outflow of the pump and its split into a "Y".( Sorry the picture came out sideways, the outflow and powerhead is in the upper left hand side) I'm a little worried that I'm not getting enough circular flow so can anyone advise of how to position this split Loc-line or even my Hydor power head?
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just keep messing with it till you get the flow your looking for you may need another powerhead
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Thanks folks for the input. So I noticed today what appear to be copepods... they are soo small I coulodnt even get them in a picture.
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