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Old 03-18-2011, 12:10 PM   #1
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Newbie 150 gal reef start up

Hello all! Brand new to the hobby. Been following posts around here and reading boatloads of info. Overwhelming to say the least. Lots of conflicting info but it seems like everybody has their own recipe for success (and disaster as well). I look forward to great feedback as I start this journey into reefing!

So here's what I got (pictures to follow later):
150 gallon acryllic (60" x 24" x 24") with 2 corner overflows
50 gallon sump
Bubble Magus NAC-7 skimmer
Octopus CR-150 Ca reactor
Phosban reactor
2 Mag-12 submersible pumps (thus 2 returns)
Caulerpa in sump
10 lbs LR rubble in sump
3 inch aragonite bed in display
170 lbs Tonga LR in display
48"Hamilton Cebu-sun 2 x 250 MH + 4 x 54 actinics + LED moons
5 stage Bulk Reef Supply RO/DI

So my concern now is that 50 lbs of my LR was from an already established tank that gave his LR to my LFS. I put it in the tank and a few days later it was chalkfull of awesome ricordias (all kinds of colors!) I am trying the fishless cycling method with shrimp from the grocery store. Will the cycling kill the ricordia? I have had the LR in for 2 weeks now and the shrimp for 2 days. I have yet to see an ammonia spike or nitrite. No nitrates either. I'm assuming I haven't started cycling yet? What exactly am I looking for here. Tough time trying to weed through all the info on what will spike first, ammonia or nitrite.

Should I pull some sand out? One LFS said 3-4inches is just asking for trouble. Thoughts?

Well, I've rambled enough. Hope to have pics soon. Look forward to any advice you guys have!
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:26 PM   #2
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The ammonia will spike first, as far as the depth of the substrate I only had mine at just under a 1/4" and now I know that more is better. Alot of saltwater life need deep sand beds. In the ocean it's not like the sand bed is only half inch deep! Ha! I think the only time you might have an issue with deep sand is if you stir it up, you will stir up nitrates. Welcome to AA!!
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:02 PM   #3
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here is a video i found for you
YouTube - Marine Aquarium Deep Sand Beds Pt. 1 of 2
there is a part 2
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This set up is sounding sweet. Need to see some pics. WELCOME TO AA. Can't wait to hear progress
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The ammonia will spike first, as far as the depth of the substrate I only had mine at just under a 1/4" and now I know that more is better. Alot of saltwater life need deep sand beds. In the ocean it's not like the sand bed is only half inch deep! Ha! I think the only time you might have an issue with deep sand is if you stir it up, you will stir up nitrates. Welcome to AA!!
I have had the aragonite and LR in for over 3 weeks and am using 3 raw shrimp now for 3 days. My tests show NH3=0, NO2 =0, NO3 = 10. Have I missed the cycle?
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Are the shrimp still in or are they decomposed?

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Are the shrimp still in or are they decomposed?

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Shrimp are still in mesh bag. Very mushy. Should I take em out of the bag?
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i dont see why you would if water is getting in then ammonia is getting out and it is serving its purpose
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i dont see why you would if water is getting in then ammonia is getting out and it is serving its purpose
That was my thought, and minus the mess. So where in my cycle am I?
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What's the highest ammonia count you had?

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