Figured i'd start a thread for those that like follow along while i browse the advice forums. Here's a link to the photo journal:
Picasa Web Albums - Jeremy - Aquarium Phot...
I'll post any new photos to the album and thread directly.
so far -
75g topfin tank
Octopus BH100 HOB
1350gpm maxijet powerhead
600gpm maxijet powerhead
65lbs assorted "premium" and "ultra-exotic" live rock
JUST ordered my lighting fixture (AquaticLife T5 HO Light Fixture W/ Lunar LEDs - Freshwater
), its in the mail. Should be here tomorrow.
Growing Pains so far:
- Day 3 when the water was starting to clear, the 1350gpm powerhead fell off and planted in the sand while i was sleeping, turning the whole tank into a big bowl of milk. Lesson learned? Suction cups suck, I replaced them with magnets.
- Came home one night after adding my starter cleanup crew to find that the heater got stuck... the water was at 95deg. About half of them survived. Lesson learned? I actually dont need the heater in this particular apartment. With everything turned off, the temp hangs out at 79deg, unwavering, on its own.
Tank condition at week 3:
Ammonia at 0
Nitrite at 0
Nitrate bounces between 0 and .25 mg
Salinity is a bit high @ 1.027
Total investment so far: $1870
So i'm actually wondering if it might be time to add fish? Seems really soon, but at the same time, it *seems* stable.