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Old 01-15-2012, 08:11 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone New to the Reef game pleasure to join

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Names Pete just go into the salt water hobby and I started out with a 20gallon setup that will be upgraded to a 100 gallon soon. Any newbie advice would greatly be appreciated. Right now no fish in my tank because I am cycling it now and just added live sand and rock. My ph so far is 8.0 and salinity is right on. Any secrets to this or good info i would thank you kindly.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:31 PM   #2
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protein skimmer

was wondering anyone have a good protein skimmer you could recommend for a 20gal setup? i would want to be able to use it on a larger tank after as i upgrade?
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:44 PM   #3
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Welcome to AA!

There are several good skimmers. People's opinions vary (of course) but you can find several threads discussing the virtues or shortcomings of each using the search option on this forum. I am in the process of building a 90 gallon and have a reef octopus which is supposed to be pretty good.

You will find a lot of good people with a tremendous amount of experience here and they are very willing to help.

We look forward to seeing your build!
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:17 AM   #4
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Thank you for the advice I will take a look in that section. That is awesome, you should be able to keep a lot of nice fish in that tank. Hope all goes well.....I've seen a couple of the reef octopus and they are def a cool fish to have. I will post a pic of the tank now but it is just in the cycle phase. Live sand, Fiji live rock, and of course the lighting and the filtration system with a under water power head and heater.

ps dont mind the salinity meter on bottom right of picture there is a current hitting it from the power head. My levels are all good and just need a couple more days to make sure everything is fine before introducing fish.
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Welcome!

My one piece of advice would be to be patient. Good things come to those who wait.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:59 PM   #6
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My one piece of advice would be to be patient. Good things come to those who wait.
I am learning that now lol thank you
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:07 PM   #7
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With my setup now i have temp at 81 degrees and testing water daily and it has been cycling for three days now is that good enough ?? I have live rock and sand
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A 3 day cycle is awfully short. Most can take 1-2 months. Have you been monitoring your water parameters? Did you ever see a nitrite and nitrate spike?
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:46 PM   #9
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A 3 day cycle is awfully short. Most can take 1-2 months. Have you been monitoring your water parameters? Did you ever see a nitrite and nitrate spike?
I tested so far and I have a low ph 7.6

No nitrite showed up but I have 20 on the nitrate scale

My salinity is 1.027. .01 higher

And my Alkalinity is between 180 - 300. On the scale

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I tested so far and I have a low ph 7.6

No nitrite showed up but I have 20 on the nitrate scale

My salinity is 1.027. .01 higher

And my Alkalinity is between 180 - 300. On the scale

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Also my Ammonia came to .25 just about

Any ideas would help

I will cycle this for a month to be safe
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