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Old 09-12-2008, 10:23 PM   #81
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I was at a LFS in Plano today and saw some Tonga LR I wanted. I didn't get every piece I wanted, but I did get 2 smaller pieces (to figure out how to stack correctly).

They are 2 flat pieces. I have them in the tank now, and I'll start playing with aquascaping after I do this apache rebuild for a friend on his server



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Old 09-13-2008, 12:47 AM   #82
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And I just checked the mail (had to wait for the sun to go down because it was too hot to walk that far with it up), and my Mag7 Impeller Cover was there! Im going to see about getting the closed loop, looping
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:19 PM   #83
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I just put my first occupants in the tank. I was at the local store, and couldn't resist them. They are so cute!


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Old 09-13-2008, 05:57 PM   #84
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And I just put the closed loop back together with the replacement parts. Its running (inside a drip pan just incase) now, and the shrimp are moving around.

A local guy is parting out his 165gallon tank, and I get to have the 10" x 18" x 4" piece of Tonga in it. He is just selling off the corals sitting on it first (I dont mind waiting). I also picked up another couple of pieces of Tonga today (you can see one of the pieces in that top picture as it looks way to dark compared to the rest).

My next step is getting the sump finished while this cycles.

By the way, since I have more base rock than I'll use, can I break some up with a hammer to make it rubble, and add it to the inlet of the sump where Im going to have some LR rubble? It will cure slowly this way, right?
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:14 PM   #85
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Took my first ammonia test today. What is the difference between "Total" and "Free" Ammonia (from a Seachem test).

My Free Ammonia appears to be 0.0 (after 30 mins)

My Total Ammonia appears to be 0.1

This is about 24 hours after adding the shrimp
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Old 09-18-2008, 01:44 AM   #86
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I got the Sump up and running tonight.



I just need to build a stand to bring the skimmer out of the water some.

Tests tonight are:

ph: 8.0
nitrAte: 6
nitrIte: 5
alkalinity: 4.5meq/L
spacific gravity: 1.026
ammonia: the test isn't turning colors (Seachem test).

The shrimp have rotted away.

I think I'll take a sample to a LFS tomorrow after/during work and have them test ammonia to make sure.
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Old 09-20-2008, 07:04 PM   #87
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Well, my Ammonia is still 0, and my nitrites are off the scale. We just re-arranged the rocks while my sister-in-law was over here today. I also found out that my new lights (well, any lights) wont fit under my canopy. I guess I am going to be heading to Home Depot after dinner to see about building a new one so I can get my reflector + bulbs under there this weekend.
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Old 09-22-2008, 02:03 PM   #88
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I just finished testing the tank, and its Ammonia is still 0, and the nitrites are 0.1 (this is WAY down from just 48 hours ago when it was 25ppm).

My water has also cleared up a lot. Just need to finish building the canopy today.
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25ppm??? Wow, that is really high. It sounds like your cycle is almost complete.
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25ppm??? Wow, that is really high. It sounds like your cycle is almost complete.
Well, I had 2 shrimp in there for a long time, finally took them out on Thursday last week. Once I did that, the nitrite stopped climbing. I just finished a full test range right now, and Ammonia is still 0, NitrItes are between 0 and 0.1 (its hard to tell where with the color of the Seachem kit). NitrAtes are at 35, ph is 8.2, with 34ppm on salinity.
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