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Old 10-20-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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Just booted up...

My new 10 gallon test nano tank (yes I know bigger is better & easier). I cannot afford to go big at this time so I put some rocks in a 10 gallon tank with a heater, a powerhead and a filter with some saltwater and live sand and turned it all on!!
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:56 PM   #2
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Cool good luck! Just keep an eye on temp, and parameters as they swing easily in small tanks. Evap also causes salinity increases, so watch that as well...
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Cool good luck! Just keep an eye on temp, and parameters as they swing easily in small tanks. Evap also causes salinity increases, so watch that as well...
Thanks muchly! I was aware of the evap causing higher salinity, gravity on my tank to start was only 1.022 in hopes of keeping that relatively balanced and will be doing "top offs" with non salted but dechlorinated water.
I forgot to take a pic of my light fixture - do I need it right away? Should I run a light yet at all?
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Thanks muchly! I was aware of the evap causing higher salinity, gravity on my tank to start was only 1.022 in hopes of keeping that relatively balanced and will be doing "top offs" with non salted but dechlorinated water.
I forgot to take a pic of my light fixture - do I need it right away? Should I run a light yet at all?
When you say dechlorinated water do you mean tap water with conditioner in it? If so, please consider getting an RODI filter (removes all impurities from the water) or buy some RODI water from a local fish store. You will have better success with water quality, as tap water is usually loaded with phosphates that will most likely cause algae growth. And in terms of using the light, I used it while I cycled my tank fwiw.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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I will look into the water asap and will run my tank with light off for the first week or two.

Really hoping that things balance out nicely and i can add 1 damselfish between week 6-8.

Plan on doing 1 weekly water change of 25-30% at least. I used CaribSea pink fuji live sand and some of my rocks already had algae and some were "live"

should I set the powerhead on powerhead mode (110gph) or circulation mode (500gph)?
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:38 PM   #6
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Two days in....

tested for ammonia yesterday and it was: 0.50 (pH very high 8.8)
tested for ammonia today and it was: 1.00 (pH still 8.8)
This is exciting news for me, since I believe the rising ammonia is a very good thing and shows the cycle starting up!
Next tests will be Friday and then a 30% water change on Sunday. Hope to start seeing good things very soon.
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Set myself up with RO/DI water and got my next batch brewing, heating and bubbling (for Sunday water change)

Picked up a light fixture, a new oxygen friendly canopy AND two light bulbs! (one is standard LED to start the live rock/other is for later -actinic blue for corals)
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Set myself up with RO/DI water and got my next batch brewing, heating and bubbling (for Sunday water change)

Picked up a light fixture, a new oxygen friendly canopy AND two light bulbs! (one is standard LED to start the live rock/other is for later -actinic blue for corals)
Is that a 2 bulb t5 fixture? If you are planning on corals that will only allow you to keep mostly softies and maybe some lps.
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Unless you are doing a fish-in cycle, there's no need to do any water changes. In fact, it will delay the cycle. Let the tank fully cycle, when ammonia and nitrites BOTH read 0, and you are showing a nitrAte reading, then it's water change time. Until then, let the tank take its course. What are you using as an ammonia source?
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ammonia

Ok, Phew! Glad I didn't get to the planned water change then. I am NOT doing a fish in cycle. I haven't used any ammonia, no fish food, no shrimp, nada to get the ammonia reading of yesterday and today. However, I am thinking that my live sand / rock might have some die off that is contributing to the rise

I do have goldex pure household ammonia available to help it along if you think that is wise...
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