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Old 08-13-2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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Hey guys, just new to the site and the hobby and I have a few questions. I have a friend that has a Salt Water sytem going, rather, half going. He started the system up about 8 months ago and it was doing awesome. He moved away and left his brother in charge of the tank. The brother did not look after it. It is stocked with live rock and at least two inches of live sand on the bottom. He has a very powerful protein skimmer and powerhead but due to the lack of maintnance, both have quit working and I am not even sure how long they have been off for. He does however still have a large canister filter with the output going directly into a uv sterilizer so there is very little filtration/water movement going on, but still some. The tank obviously has not had any water changes in at least a few months and there is quite a bit of detriment on the live rock. The heater has kept the water at a consistent 78 degrees. I guess my biggest question is about the live rock and live sand. Is any of it going to be salvageable if I take the right steps to clean it up? Or would I just be wasting my time because it will all be "dead". I have already given him the money for the entire system so I am just wondering if it will be a waste of time with the live rock/sand, should I just throw it out and get new stuff that has not been put through so much "torture". I appreciate all the advice in advance and look forward to being a regular contributor to this forum.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:16 PM   #2
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Well first of all, Welcome!

And that system can, in fact, be salvaged. You can either choose to toss the stuff in there or seed it with a couple of new pieces of live rock and let the cycle take its course. It's your call. Some of that stuff may still be alive.
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Old 08-13-2009, 05:25 PM   #3
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Do you have a picture of what your working with? If the tank has potential, it can be salvaged.
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Looks good to me. Are there any fish/inverts?
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Old 08-14-2009, 12:27 AM   #6
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Yeah .. that tanks looks awesome. Im 100% sure you can get it up and running good as new with a little work. A few water changes if the water is spoiled and you should be fine.. As long as he wasnt dosing anything like copper directly in the tnak you should be fine.
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:00 AM   #7
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That tank should be able to be salvaged no problem, It looks like the skimmer needs to be replaced and needs water changes. I think i would add 1 piece of cured live rock to give the system a little jump. But besides that i would not really do anything. If the tnak was big enough i would make a sump but there is really no need to.
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Well idk, the skimmer is collecting that gunk.. so it looks to be fine. You might just need to clean it out instead of replacing it. The only way to tell if you need to replace it or not is to completely clean it out and see if it still does its job correctly. As for the sump part, course its not needed, but it sure would help quite a bit. If your getting this whole setup for free, or your going to be the one taking care of it.. for no $ ofcourse.. then i think it would be wise to setup a sump with some side cash. It would well be worth the while, and would help the tank a long way. I would definitely go with the sump if you really want to help that tank out. But other than that, as said, a few good water changes should help it out more than you think lol.

And tbh.. i really like that rockwork rofl. Looks nicer than mine :p Also.. it sortof looks like a 40 gallon.. but i could be wrong. You never did state how big it was so can you let us know how many gallons it is? If its anything less than 40G then i would agree on it not needing a sump. You could still get one, and it would make things run along smoother, but with a tank less than 40G, a weekly water change would accomplish the same thing as the sump.
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wow it doesnt look too bad. just add somee liverock and clean the protien skimmer and you should be fine!
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If it's broken it can be fixed with a little patience. Looks good to me.
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