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 06-13-2009, 12:36 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Yellow Eye Tang's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Springfield, MO
Posts: 212
Mailbox,... you say your kids are attached to the star. The best advice for you at this point as said before is to do 25 - 50% water changes every other day. You must maintain salinity and temperature with your new water as not to stress anything anymore than it allready is. You CAN be successful at cycling a tank with fish in it but once your reading get up there they will stress and show negative signs. Just be serious about your water changes and pick up an API test kit. You need to be useing a liquid test kit not strips. It's possible that your heated is not calibrated correctly as your light should not EVEN be jumping up the temp 12 - 14 degrees. Youll need to leave your thermometer in the water and try to find the heater's sweet spot at about 78 degrees. If it cant hold this temp..... new heater. If your light for some reason IS heating up the tank every day than try finding the light fixture legs that raise it off the direct top of the tank 2 - 3". I hope this helps a little.
__________________

__________________
<---Steve--->
Yellow Eye Tang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2009, 02:21 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
Okay mailbox.I think you will need to buy a small clip-on fan (Wal-mart) and have it set to blow over your tank water and some of it blowing over your lights. This will cool your tank down. As the Capt said set your heater for a temp. between 78-82*. This will help during the colder months.
__________________

__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2009, 03:41 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
mtlion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: PA
Posts: 347
Ha, I just bought that same fan the other day, it has really worked out well with my temp.
__________________
mtlion is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2009, 04:10 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Mailbox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 8
I just tested the water using my new non strip test kit. These are my results:

Current Temp 82.9
Ph 8.4
Alk 3.6 (way too high, right?)
Ammonia 1.0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate - did not test - I was guessing that if I had no Nitrite there would be no Nitrate. Is this correct?

CaptainAhab - I have a 12 gallon acrylic Marineland aquarium, it uses Bio Wheel filtration and an Eclipse filter cartridge. It has been running for a week. Yes you are correct, only sand and no rock at this point.

Also, the reason the heater was set at 70 is because the temp was so high - I purchased another thermometer to see if that was the problem and got the same temp. The heater may be defective or it may be because of the lighting and air temp (It is consistently 85 or higher here this time of year and we keep our house temp at 78).
__________________
Mailbox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2009, 07:47 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
Ha, your heater is more then likely working. It's not a chiller and will not bring your temp. down. You have it at 70* so if the temp fell below 70 your heater would heat it back up to 70.
Now if you use a fan, you will have lots of evaperation and you will have to make up this water by adding R/O water either manuelly or with an ATO system. Now if the AQ. is in a room that is chilled down to 7, your AQ should have that room temp. where do you have it placed?
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2009, 09:26 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Mailbox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 8
Its against an interior wall away from the heating and cooling.
__________________
Mailbox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-2009, 11:06 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
If the room is cooled, why is the tank temp. so hot? like I said, a fan will bring your water temp. down, but being that you have a pretty small tank, you will have lots of evaporation. The fan can bring the temp down by at least 3*.
__________________

__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat 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
Newbie Question dawgfan89 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 1 02-18-2009 11:11 AM
newbie question Pirate_Paul Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 4 04-24-2007 11:32 PM
Newbie Question 2 AirRazr Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 7 09-01-2004 04:06 PM
not another newbie question! Edmonton Eskimo Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 3 08-17-2004 11:57 AM
Newbie question easyian Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 7 10-20-2003 12:16 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:45 AM.


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