Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-02-2012, 12:58 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Fish noob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 145
New Aquarium- Please help me!

Hello, I am starting my first aquarium and am beginning the cycle now. I had a custom tank built. It's 65 gallons, (26X24X24), with the filter, skimmer, components all enclosed in the back portion of the tank. (similar to a biocube or an uniquarium).

I am new to this and am wondering if there should be an additional filter (rock, bioballs, etc.) beside the piece of black foam in the filter section. Please excuse me, as I'm not sure of all the terminology, so I included a picture to help illustrate my question.

I have approx 65 lbs of live rock and have 2" of live sand.

Also, Do I need to add anything for the cycle? I have read that some people will add raw shrimp, or an inexpensive fish, etc. to help with the cycle.

Thanks so much for your help.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Aquarium.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	17.1 KB
ID:	80142  
__________________

__________________
Fish noob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
AquaRick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 2,638
Hi there and welcome to the forum.

Technically, you probably don't have to put anything in that compartment. You could try some macro algae (if you had a light over this part of the tank) and/or some live rock rubble to help with filtration.

To begin your cycle, you need an ammonia source. I'm a huge fan of a fishless cycle and dosing with pure ammonia. See here:
The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling

Also, is that right baffle stop in the middle of the tank, or does it go further down and almost completely to the bottom of the tank?
__________________

__________________
225G Reef Upgrade
AquaRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Fish noob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 145
I think it is further to the right and goes further down. This drawing isn't to scale at all. Im at work and was attempting to draw it from memory.



Quote:
Originally Posted by AquaRick View Post
Hi there and welcome to the forum.

Technically, you probably don't have to put anything in that compartment. You could try some macro algae (if you had a light over this part of the tank) and/or some live rock rubble to help with filtration.

To begin your cycle, you need an ammonia source. I'm a huge fan of a fishless cycle and dosing with pure ammonia. See here:
The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling

Also, is that right baffle stop in the middle of the tank, or does it go further down and almost completely to the bottom of the tank?
__________________
Fish noob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 01:41 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
AquaRick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 2,638
If that's the case i would think about adding some live rock rubble below the foam.
__________________
225G Reef Upgrade
AquaRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-02-2012, 08:26 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Fish noob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 145
Quote:
Originally Posted by AquaRick
If that's the case i would think about adding some live rock rubble below the foam.
I went to the LFS to get some live rock rubble. The platform that currently holds the foam looks like a checkerboard with 1/2" square openings. So I purchased larger pieces (approx 2")of rock to place on the platform in order to prevent smaller pieces from falling through. I placed the smaller pieces on top of the larger pieces and placed the foam on top of all of the rock.

Is that acceptable?
__________________
Fish noob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2012, 12:37 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
AquaRick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Northern CA
Posts: 2,638
Yeah that should be ok. If possible try to keep the rock somewhat "loose". I've had the rubble as dense as I could awhile back only to lower the water flow and create a place for detritus to build up. You have a foam piece however, so you should be ok.
__________________

__________________
225G Reef Upgrade
AquaRick is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
High Tech Planted Questions skywhitney Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 535 06-10-2015 06:17 AM
Help identifing Lauderdale45 Cichlid Discussion 26 03-07-2012 07:59 PM
Aquarium apps for Android? FishStarter89 Aquaria Off-Topic 19 03-05-2012 02:01 PM
New edition. 7" elagant coral Chooch4044 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 18 03-03-2012 06:49 PM
New tank!!!! Bobby56 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 03-02-2012 03:34 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.