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Old 11-27-2006, 02:00 AM   #1
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Newbie Update - Water Test results

Hey guys!
A little update on my tank condition.

salinity 1.022
NH3 0.6
NO3 10
Ca 500
Kh 150
NO2 0.1

I assume all are in ppm....

And I finally got some lighting! T5 HO 4x54watts 50/50 (10K).
How should I cycle my lighting? So far I have it running from 8am-8pm. Too much?

Can someone help me pick out a RO/DI system. I dont need anything really fancy, just something to do about 5-10gal water change per day.

And can some please explain to me how I can make a sump without drilling holes in my tank. Is there anyway I can get a hang on overflow box or something like that? I would love to change up my filtering system, but I really dont know how sumps work!

Last, but not least. whats a good powerhead as far as GPH flow for my tank?

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Old 11-27-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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It looks like your tank may be overstocked, if you have 12 fish in there. I would think about taking the damsels back, they can become agressive.

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How should I cycle my lighting? So far I have it running from 8am-8pm. Too much?
For FOWLR, you can probably run them 8-10 hours. I run mine from 2-10PM.
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Can someone help me pick out a RO/DI system.
There is one on ebay, sorry I don't have the link, that a lot of folks like, for around $100.
I don't have a sump, yet so I can't help you there, but here are some ideas from fosterand smith:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?N=2004+22768
Here are some suggestions for phs:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...?N=2004+113040
I like the SEIOs, I have 2 620s in my 55G (Personally, I think these are kind of bulky for a 55G). I have 4 820s in my 125G.
I am thinking about a Penguin or Maxi-Jet Powerhead, these have an adjustable flow diffuser, where the Hagen AquaClear does not. I find the dufusers useful when directing flow to specific areas.
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Old 11-27-2006, 02:37 PM   #3
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I actually just purchased a hang on overflow for my 40gallon tank off of ebay...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...3840&rd=1&rd=1

it was a great deal since this is carbon copy design of the CPR model but for half the price. The overflow is rated at 600gph and it comes with a lift pump to maintain the continous siphon. The overflow is what removes the water from your tank, so you don't need to drill any glass.
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Thanks mel! I didn't have that bookmarked, and that is the one I was talking about. Bookmarked now!
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Awesome guys thanks!

I only have 10 fish now, I took back a few.
So far they all seem happy

I waiting for replacement bulbs, as my new 10K's were burnt out. So Im running the Blue ones only. Im getting a good algae bloom. Its all brown. I assume this will subside in a week or so based on what Ive read.


As for the overflow, how much clearance do you need. and How do you pump the water back into your tank? powerhead? If so which one? And should I use a filter still with the sump? Or does the sump prety much replace all that. I know...dumb question, but I had to ask.

Oh, how much substrate should cover the bottom? I only have about 20lbs of crushed coral stuff. It only covers about 1-2 inches. And the fish sometimes "kick it up" so the glass shows.

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Personally, I would switch from CC to sand. I did it in my tank, and couldn't stand the CC, once it got dirty. It looks like you are still going through a cycle, or the increased bioload is causing stress and you are getting ammonia.
How old is your tank?
As for the algae, it could be diatoms, depending on the age of the tank.
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My tank is about 1 1/2 years old. Ive always struggled with it though, always having high NO3. I do PWC once a week. Changing 20%. So why switch to sand? And how can I do that with my tank full?

As for the algae, this is the first week Ive had lighting, so I expected it. But I dont know when it wil go away. Its a brownis green color and easily whipes off the glass. My crabs seem to love it!

I know Im getting some ammonia from my tap water, but I use a conditioner that should remove it. I just dont really have the space for an RO/DI. But I think I might be able to get one anyway.

so over the last week, the fish seem happy and well, my LR is growing pretty good, and Im getting algae. I guess my tank is doing ok. I test the water about every 2 weeks. Should I test it more?

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Newbie Update - Water Test results

Hmmm, those high nitrAtes, could be coming from your CC or your filter or your huge bioload.
Do you clean the sponges in your filter with old SW?
Do you vacuum your CC?
You have been running your tank for 1.5 years without lights? No big deal, but you should definitely expect an algae bloom, with the new lights.
I would keep testing the same, just to make sure your levels stay in check.

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If you are happy with the CC, and it is not causing problems, you can leave it in there. I did switch my CC to sand with a full tank. I just didn't like it as much as sand, there are plenty of folks that love it.
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I just rinse out my sponges with tap water....
But I change them often.

No I dont vacum my CC at all....Is that bad?

I dont mind the way it looks, But I like the sand better. How did you change it out? Just start scooping?

And as for the lights, I couldnt afford them! I needed to eat......


EDIT -

I think I will change out the CC to playsand, however I cant find any info on how deep the substrate should be. 3-4 inches is my guess.....And do I need to add LS or can I skip that part?
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