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Old 07-02-2012, 12:20 AM   #1
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My First Reef Tank

Well I have finally started my 29 gallon reef tank this weekend. I got everything tested and set up. Here is a list of my equipment.
-200 gallons of reef crystal salt mix
-18.5 pounds live rock
-24.5 pounds of dry base rock
-20 pounds live Fiji pink sand
-20 pounds live reef sand
-30 gallons ro/di water
-box of chemi pure
-box of purigen
-small magfloat
-hydrometer
-hydor evolution 750 powerheads
-API saltwater master test kit
-150w metal halide w/ 2 blue actinic t5's and 4 moon lights

I checked my parameters today and it looks like my cycle has started. The parameters are as follows
-temp 78.4
-ammonia .50ppm
-nitrite 5.0ppm
-nitrate 40ppm
-sg 1.024

Here are a few pics of the tank with the blue actinic lights on and a pic of the light. Also there is a pic of a piece of dry coral that I have had for several years. I was wondering if it would be safe to put in the tank. Its a blueish gray color and I'm wondering if its been dyed. If so how could I bleach it out then use it in my tank.





Let me know what you think of my progress so far.
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:34 AM   #2
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Looks great what type of filter are you using? I'm thinking of a 29 too. Nice lighting!
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:56 PM   #3
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Any idea what your stocking it with yet? Looks good loving the light.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:09 PM   #4
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@Daniel fishy I am running a whisper 20 filter with purigen, chemi pure, and filter floss right now. I am going to upgrade the filter to one alittle larger then the tank size.
@dwilliams I will be stocking it with soft and lips coral to start off with then later on when the tank is established I will stock some sps and maybe a clam. As far as the fish I'm going with a yellow watchman gob with a pistol shrimp, a dwarf/Pygmy angel, and maybe 2 clowns. For the cuc it will be snails, a few hermit crabs, either an emarald crab or porcelain crab, and possibly a small brittle star, and some fire or skunk shrimp.
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I have a question. My temp which is around 77.5 at night and 78.9 during the day. Will this kind of swing hurt my live stock when I start adding it.
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Tank looks great so far, I would suggest moving your rocks away from the glass. This will allow you to clean the glass which will allow you to look into the tank from the front and both ends. A temp fluctuation like that is normal and shouldn't be a concern.
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Old 07-02-2012, 07:14 PM   #7
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I have a question. My temp which is around 77.5 at night and 78.9 during the day. Will this kind of swing hurt my live stock when I start adding it.
No. But if the swing starts to become 2 degrees or more i would say it needs addressed but right now its fine.
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I done another test tonight and the results are as follows
-temp 77.9
-ammonia .50ppm
-nitrite off the scale(scale goes to 5.0)
-nitrate 40ppm
-sg 1.025

Is it normal for the nitrite to be so high during the cycle. Also how often should I test during the cycle.
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I done another test tonight and the results are as follows
-temp 77.9
-ammonia .50ppm
-nitrite off the scale(scale goes to 5.0)
-nitrate 40ppm
-sg 1.025

Is it normal for the nitrite to be so high during the cycle. Also how often should I test during the cycle.
Yes its perfectly normal. You will probably see ammonia start to disappear along with nitrite soon.

And you can test daily, in fact i recommend it to new reefer so they become familiar with testing, the nitrogen cycle and what those test results mean.
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OK thanks for the input. I also have a new question. What will the diatom bloom look like? I know cyano algae looks like I had it once in my saltwater fish only tank but I have never seen a diatom bloom.
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