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Old 09-29-2011, 06:13 PM   #11
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So set up everything last night. Took a look at the tank right now and realized i should have cleaned/soaked the base rock prior to putting it into the tank. Water looks dirty as sin and i'm going to have to siphon the junk off the surface of the sand.



Any suggestions to clean this up besides PWCs? Or should i just wait until i get my sump\skimmer going early next week?
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:17 PM   #12
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I have a 8 bulb T5. Love it. Plenty of light and my corals are loving it!
That's what I'll be doing with my current 125gal. I have a canopy and know it would get too hot in there with 3 halides + T5's (even with fan canopy build-ins as an exhaust). I'm going to go for the 8 bulb T5's that someone already mentioned in this forum, with the following bulbs:

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Everyone is different, but I like the white-blue look, and I hear they're fine with corals.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:34 PM   #13
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That's what I'll be doing with my current 125gal. I have a canopy and know it would get too hot in there with 3 halides + T5's (even with fan canopy build-ins as an exhaust). I'm going to go for the 8 bulb T5's that someone already mentioned in this forum, with the following bulbs:

ATI Blue Plus
ATI 12000K Aquablue
ATI Blue plus
KZ Fiji Purple (this can be replaced with ATI purple plus)
GE 6500K Daylight (you can keep one of the bulbs that come with the fixture for this)
ATI Blue plus
UV Lighting 10000K AquaSun
ATI Blue plus


Everyone is different, but I like the white-blue look, and I hear they're fine with corals.
Yeah, Mr.X suggested the same 8 bulbs. I think i want to try out the new AI LED fixture coming out. I'm a bit concerned about how much heat the MG emit.The fact that you can fine tune each LED module and set a timer for each module sounds really appealing. You get the shimmer effect as well as a lower electricity bill. I may add a couple blue/purple actinic ATI lights to give a bit more color if needs be.
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Old 09-29-2011, 06:38 PM   #14
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So set up everything last night. Took a look at the tank right now and realized i should have cleaned/soaked the base rock prior to putting it into the tank. Water looks dirty as sin and i'm going to have to siphon the junk off the surface of the sand.



Any suggestions to clean this up besides PWCs? Or should i just wait until i get my sump\skimmer going early next week?
Very cool rockscape! Congratulations on your first SW Tank!
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:47 PM   #15
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I would net out any bigger pieces before you turn on the pump, then do I water change to get the fine particles out.

Do you mind me asking how much the led fixtures are going for?
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Old 09-30-2011, 12:11 PM   #16
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I would net out any bigger pieces before you turn on the pump, then do I water change to get the fine particles out.

Do you mind me asking how much the led fixtures are going for?
Thanks for the tip! The sols are already reduced to $399 (were $525) per module. The new "phoenix" modules will sell for $499.
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:14 AM   #17
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So after setting up the tank last Wednesday, I was able to test the parameters today (Went out of town and also bought the wrong test kits on accident). Besides the tank water looking a little yellow, cloudiness is gone and pretty clear.

Parameters for today are as follows:
pH 8.0
Ammonia .5ppm
Trites 2ppm
Trates 10ppm
Salinity 1.024

I honestly didn't expect these results so quickly. I started the fish-less cycle tonight. Apparently 1 cup of the janitor's strength ammonia goes a long way. Ammonia is off the scale. I will definitely use 1/4 cup next time and see how that goes. Any advice during a fish-less cycle?
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Old 10-07-2011, 03:11 AM   #18
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So looks like i totally over dosed on the ammonia. Didn't realize is was such strong stuff. One wiff and I should have known to put in less. Going ahead with a 50% water change to bring the ammonia levels down. Hopefully that will get things going in the right direction.
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Old 10-07-2011, 10:24 AM   #19
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Don't feel bad, I overdosed my first sw tank by ALOT! I mean I added like half a cup of ammonia. LOL I had to do several water changes to get it down to 8ppm.
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I'd say so too, fortunately you're cycling fishless so no harm done
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