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Old 02-02-2008, 06:45 PM   #1
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Well after tons of research here goes my shot at saltwater. Got my tank filled with saltwater airing out for 30 hrs. Hooked my skimmer up ran it for 24 hours. Went to Home Depot picked up 100lbs of tropical playsand (10.00). Now tank is cloudy as ****. LOL Tested salinity it was at 1.026 with a temp of 78. Now I'm just waiting for the rest of my sand from fijiman on ebay. Should be here by wednesday. Once it is shipped I will order the LR. uncured will be curing in my tank since its a new tank. Am I missing something here.
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Old 02-02-2008, 06:57 PM   #2
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Just curious Do you have any powerheads or filters moving the water around yet. If you how much flow do you have. And which fish do you envision having in the future for this tank... You could possibly jumpstart your cycle today with a Raw shrimp or 2 while you are waiting for your Live Rock to come in.
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Just curious Do you have any powerheads or filters moving the water around yet. If you how much flow do you have. And which fish do you envision having in the future for this tank... You could possibly jumpstart your cycle today with a Raw shrimp or 2 while you are waiting for your Live Rock to come in.
I have 1 PH's hooked up Penguin 1140. I have another 1140 coming in the mail couldn't find 2 at 3 different LFS. But the 1140 by itself gives it a lot of flow if you ask me. SO would putting in shrimp help the cycle faster once the rest of MY LS & LR come in? When do I start testing the water for everything else. I have everything turned off now except the heater till the dust settles. Also I'm not really sure what kind of fish I want yet gonna startdoing some reading up on them now while my tank cycles.
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Old 02-04-2008, 10:57 AM   #5
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I cracked my skimmer. I have the Coralife SS 125 gal. I dropped the **** collection cup while emptying it cracked the **** thing. Just got off phone with dr fostersmith sending out a whole new skimmer overnight. I was going crazy. Just wanted to say they will get all my business now. Thats how you start off a good realationship. Fijiman sent out the rest of my sand today. Will order LR tomorrow
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I cracked my skimmer. I have the Coralife SS 125 gal. I dropped the **** collection cup while emptying it cracked the **** thing. Just got off phone with dr fostersmith sending out a whole new skimmer overnight. I was going crazy. Just wanted to say they will get all my business now. Thats how you start off a good realationship. Fijiman sent out the rest of my sand today. Will order LR tomorrow
Had a similar problem 2 of my hydor koralias broke the second I put them in my tank. They shipped new ones out the next day I recieved them within the week. Very happy With DrFosters&Smith. They also have my vote for #1 retailer.
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Well alot has happened since last time I posted. I wasn't satisfied with the playsand that I had originally put in the tank. It left the water too dusty when I would move my hand through the sand, So imagine a sandsifter would do. So took all of that out. Filled the tank up again salinty's at 1.023, temp is at 78. Got some sand from LFS pure aragonite love it. Got about 70# Of that in there. Plus another 75lbs of Fijiman pure white tropical sand. Love that stuff even better. Not white yet though said it will turn white when the lights hit it. I don't know what's sup with. Anybody else use Fijiman. Got the base rock in yesterday 50# nice peices also very pourous. Just ordered 22# of LR from LiveAquaria.com, should be here by Fri. Also some snail came with the LS. This can't be good for them being the tank is not cycled, but will they start the cycling process. 6 came 4 are moving around once I put them in the tank.
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The original playsand would have settled once it got coated with bacteria. That can take a week in a new tank, Did you add a source of ammonia for that to happen?

Did you get the wet bagged sand from the lfs?

The snails will probably not survive. There is no need to skim anything yet. Turn it off until the tank has cycled. Once the tank has cycled you should do a large water change.

Read the article that Mike linked. The uncured LR will cycle the tank. You should start testing for the ammonia spike on Sunday.
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are you sure they will die? My kids love em. Here is pics of tank with BR. Turned off skim like everyone says. Should I run it once the tanks start to cycle, will it speed things up? LR should be here in a few hrs will clean them then put them in tank with a cou[ple raw shrimp. Sg is at 1.024 thats where I want to keep it also. Will get some pics of LR when it comes in.
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Well got my LR in the other day, nice pieces I might say. But was just a lil dissapointed that I didn't find any critters on it. If there are any will they show up later? Or is it a wrap. But all in all it's a beatiful thing. Ammonia is rising nicely. I threw in 2 jumbo shrimps also. Got my RO/DI unit up, didn't know it was that slow. Thought it was broke at first, no more tap for me. And I didn't know this thing would smell so bad. Any way I can speed this up I heard that water changes and skimming maybe takes a week off.
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