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Old 01-07-2005, 04:30 PM   #1
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Need Some Help on My New Tank

Just set up my new Saltwater tank for a week now with 25lb of live rock in a 25 Gallon tank. No fish or reef whatsoever but my ammonia is still showing. Should i wait a few more days and what should i start putting in first? Sorry im a newbie in raising saltwater fishes.

BTW im running an eclipse top and max-jet 400 would that do?
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Old 01-07-2005, 04:57 PM   #2
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it is cycling the rock. please wait before adding anything else. wait several weeks if you can resist.
what kind of lighting? are you using only the builtin filter? what media? are you skimming? what brand?
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Old 01-07-2005, 05:03 PM   #3
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I am using the Eclipse built in filter. I dont have a skimmer and im using a maxi-jet 400 for water circulation. As for lighting i have one white light and a neon blue one as well. Is it good enough for a 25gallon tank?
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Old 01-07-2005, 05:15 PM   #4
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how many watts total? i assume you mean one 10000K and one actinic? check on the bulb...
about the filtration: i highly suggest you begin skimming (preferaably with a GOOD skimmer ) in the next month or so. or just keep the bioload LOW.
then, after that, you can add some stuff.
the builtin filter is not good for reefs. it will get full of detritus and cause water quality issues. i would look into getting a decent power compact light for this if you want to have any corals. if not, it SHOULD be okay for FOWLR.
also, the cleanup crew is the highlight of every tank! that will be a highlight of your system even if it is FOWLR. plus, you can upgrade light later and add coral then

hope this helps...
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oh yeah, the maxijet is too small. you need much more power.
id use 2 maxijet 600 or 1200's, one at each far end of the tank, pointed directly at eachother. IMO.
also, take out the media in the builtin filter. but first, go to the fish store and get "resins". tell them what youre doing and theyll help. if you need to get it online, post for more help. but these resin pellets will remove organics and help alot if you replace it regularly. it works way better for reefs than pad filters do, and it uses the same filter space. cool huh?
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Thanks for the advice. Im having a hard time to see what kind of bulb im using now.
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Old 01-07-2005, 05:56 PM   #7
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For good filtration in your 25g, you would want to turn over 250gph. The 1200's might blow the sand around in the tank.
The lighting that came with the Eclipse system is most likely NO. This is fine for a FO system.
If you purchase anything, get a decent skimmer. A BakPak would work nicely on this system.
What kind of substrate are you using (sand, cc)?

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i completely agree with salttanker on the skimmer issue. cpr bakpaks are available from amekaaquatics.com at discounted prices under the "factory seconds" area.
please get back to us on the lighting when they go out for the evening
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but one thing - i just checked on my powerheads. i have two penguin 1140's (each rated at 300 gph) plus the flow from thereturn pump and overflow. this is in my 29g. the sand isnt blowing around, but the water is moving darn well
good water flow is essential to sessile inverts.

lemme just say this: it all depends on WHAT youre putting into your cube o' water. some things like more current, some less.
so, what are you planning on putting in there?
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I dont think i can fit a skimmer when i have the eclipse top on. Right now the lighting i have is the original white and i bought a florescent blue light tube as well. I will try to check what kind of lighting i have. The eclipse top i have is a 24 inch one so i guess its the middle model.
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