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Old 08-14-2009, 08:17 AM   #11
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Sorry, i read his post wrong, i thought it said the skimmer didn't work. So scratch that from my post.
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No need to scratch it out. You could be right in the first place. He said it "looks like they've quit working" so it could be broken.. and could not be. So we will just have to see whats up with it when he tells us. And as Inferno said, im sure with a little TLC you could get it back up and running perfectly.
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:27 PM   #13
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No fish , he thinks maybe one crab left but has not seen it in a while. He told me he never dumped any copper in the tank and he says its a 60 gal tank. Also, the protein skimmer and powerhead do not work at all. Both pumps must be shot. Thanks to everyone for the insight!
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Old 08-14-2009, 06:26 PM   #14
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1 crab will not do it for that tank. Once you get it back up and runnning you need a full clean up crew with snails, crabs, hermits, etc. And you definatly need a skimmer. You might want to consider making a sump.
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Etunes, hermits are crabs lol, and I do not recommend them. If you have snails, the hermits will go after your snails when they need a new shell if you don't keep spare shells in the tank. I agree on the sump. Is there any way that you can get the name and model of the skimmer from your friend? It may even be on the skimmer itself. This is just so that we can tell you if it is worth replacing the pump for it, or whether you should just get a brand new skimmer. For powerheads, try hydor koralias. They may seem expensive, but the "cheaper" powerheads will cost you more when the time comes that you need to pay your electrical bill.
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You could soak the impellers on the pumps in vinegar give them a good wash and see if they start up. If they havent been taken care of they could just be encrusted
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Hey guys, big update. I got the tank from my friend about three weeks ago and set it up in my house. I got 2 hydor # 3's and a protein skimmer. Also put a couple pieces of cured live rock in from the LFS. Left the tank to cycle for a few weeks. I have started to get some hair algae and a nasty diatom bloom ( no R/O, just tapwater conditioner ). Coraline algae is starting to spread nicely. I want to go ahead and get my cleanup crew in there to do some damage control ( 4 hermits, 4-6 snails? ) but I just want to make sure everything is good. Lights are on for 9 hours.
Here are my parameters as of last night.

PH 8.2
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 10 ppm
S.G. 1.027
78 F

I have not done a PWC yet but will be doing that tonight so I think that should help with my Nitrate levels as well as trying to get rid of as much hair algae and diatoms.

I was thinking of getting 4 hermits and 4-6 snails. I do have some sponges growing, I have seen a large brisstle worm and I have also found a spinioid ( spelling?) worm.

Do you guys think my tank is ready for the cleanup crew and maybe some fish?
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I wouldn't start putting any sort of cleanup crew or fish in there until you put RO/DI water in there. Tap water is only going to keep your phosphate levels way high and you were always going to continue to have algae problems.

I didn't read the previous posts but if you are planning on making this a reef tank, you REALLY should get RO/DI water from your LFS or get a unit.

I am new to this, but to the best of my knowledge, tap water is not a good thing in a reef tank.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
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CUC is fine but you might want to concentrate on the algae eating variety since you don't have anything creating waste yet. If you're not getting fish remember you need an ammonia source to keep that bacteria alive (ammonia, fish food, etc).
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Well I did want to get a couple of clowns in there as well, as long as my perameters are good. If it is ok to put a couple in do I still have to quarantine them first? Or is the quarantine process usually used to prevent the transmission of sickness from fish to fish?
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