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Old 07-13-2011, 11:55 AM   #1
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Talking My 45 Gal. Reef Build - First Timer

Thought I would start a thread on my first reef tank. I have had a FW tank in the past and decided to convert to a reef tank as a birthday gift to my wife. She loves the fish but not the upkeep. Sat. I cleaned the old tank, installed the equipment and mixed the salt water. On Sun. morning I added the bacteria and the live sand. Sun. evening I added a couple of power heads. Today (Wed), I hope to add the live rock.

Here are the details as I know them. (Ok, so I didn't pay that close of attention to the equipment I was sold to make the conversion and I am at work and not near the tank).

45 Gallon Tank (36"L x 12"W x 24:T)
Eheim Clasic Model #221 (I think that is the model #)
(2) Max Jet 400 Powerheads
ViaAqua 150W Heater
36" Aquatic Live Dual T5 HO Fixture
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Once I install the live rock, will it begin to cycle or do I need to kick start the process in some way.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:58 AM   #2
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The live rock can kick start a cycle, when I firsty cycled I also used pure ammonia as well, to get my ammonia up to 4ppm so I would have a solid bacteria colony.

But try the live rock, take your water parameters and see where youre at. Some people get quite the spike with LR.
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Old 07-13-2011, 01:41 PM   #3
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put a pinch of fish food in your tank it will decompose and give your BB something to eat
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Thanks guys. I picked up a mix of base rock and live rock last night and got it installed in the tank. I will post a picture in a minute. While the tank cycles, should I be doing an water changes and/or filter cleaning? Once established, how often should I do the water changes and filter cleaning?
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No need for pwcs until cycled. Filters can be cleaned, but after everything settles they shouldnt get dirty hardly at all.
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Thank kurtyboh. What is the best procedure for cleaning a canister filter?
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Old 07-15-2011, 08:54 AM   #7
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As mentioned above, I installed live rock on Wed. evening. 24 hours later, I find these two critters. Not sure if they are a problem that needs to be delt with. My questions are these:
1. Are they harmful?
2. Will they survive when the tank cycles?
3. If there are two, should I expect more?

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Progress so far.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:12 AM   #9
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Progress update...
6 days after installing the live rock the Brown Algae is kicking in. Thanks to lots of great advice, I now know I better cut back on the lighting a bit.
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Tank looks good, looks like some quality live rock you got there.
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