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Old 01-08-2010, 02:28 AM   #1
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Hi all!, I'm new here. I've read and researched for about 4 months before picking up my tank. It's a 55g, approx. 50 lbs of "ROCK" because most is no longer "Live Rock". Did have a 300w Visitherm that started shooting grey clouds of mercury into the water, making it smell like burnt rubber and bad eggs! The lighting is well i'm not going to say because its only temporary. The skimmer I have is a Sea Storm 70 by Sea Life? I think? Its not skimming Have two Rio Plus 400's in the mail along with a test kit. LFS has neither. Would just like some feedback on how its coming along, with some tips on how to fix the skimmer and where to get the bang for my buck on lighting! (Want corals later!) The first is about week 3, the second picture is about week 5-6.
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:43 AM   #2
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what's the skimmer doing? It may just need to cycle
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Well i know a skimmer is supposed to produce bubbles which is how it grabs the bacteria. But after having it turned on for a week, nothing happened. it just sounded like the pump was "Trying" to pull water in. I broke it down and nothing seemed to be malfunctioning.
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I'm not familiar with that skimmer brand. take the pump and run it in a bucket full of water without the skimmer. Is it pushing water when turned on? Also, the skimmer pump will probably have an airline connected to it somewhere to mix air into the water. Is that there?

as a side note, I sent you a PM about the light I'm selling. It would be perfect for your system if you want corals
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:15 AM   #6
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Ahh yes. I disassembled the skimmer and then the pump (Rio 800) and was able to dislodge some fragments of salt, or crushed coral, that had dried up. But that didn't seem to completly fix it. The pump will push a small amount of water but is irritatingly noisy. I figure a new immpeller or a new pump all together. And i found some descent t5 lighting right before i got your message.
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How are you cycling your tank?
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:54 AM   #8
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Well when you say cycle i assume you mean the ammonia and nitrate cycle? well all of my test have come up 0ppm, nitrate, nitrite, and ammonia, the pH is a tad low about 7.8 - 8.0. does that answer your question? or what is filtering the water? a penguin 350 and hopefully a fixed skimmer
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Yes, what did you use to do this? Did you add an ammonia source? What was it? How much...etc Don't worry about your PH level right now...
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:34 PM   #10
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Well i dunno i didn't do anything. I just put everything in the tank (rock, substrate, saltwater and left it. I finally got most of the die off cleaned up. But i didn't do anything. And i was told by some people at the LFS that as soon as everything was stable for about a week or two everything would be fine.
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