Originally Posted by cmor1701d
Please list all equipmetn that you have, how often you do water changes, how big of a change you do, all livestock in the tank, and what type of lighting you have and how long is it on each day. Also, what do you feed the tank and how much and how often?
i have two canister filters on the tank one was for 30Gallons and one for a 20Gallon,( i leave the water not filled to the top so that the water returning creates a bit more of a flow added to the powerhead) the powerhead is a maxi 400 and the heater is one i got at the store which is submersible and i have that set to 79-80 and it keeps it at that consistantly every time i check the tank. i have a 20w t8 aquaglow light on top... i know it should be stronger from what ive read, it's on my future wishlist.
i read through those two articles/ posts you sent me a few months back. i had read articles which said when cycling not to do water changes so i hadn't until now when i was going to add fish... i plan on doing it either weekly 15-20% or biweekly maybe you can steer me in the right direction here.
and a small air pump and air filter
2 fighting conch
2 trochus snails
2 clown fish( perculo? not sure if thats how u spell it)
11lbs of liverock
about 5 lbs of dead coral which seems to be acting more like live rock than the live rock
16 lbs of livesand bed
i feed the fish twice a day at 8:45 when i am leaving for work and at 6:00 pm when i get home from work the light is on a timer which turns on at 8am and turns off at 9:30 pm. the morning feeding is OSI marine flakes and generally what they can eat in about 3 minutes... the night time is alternated between the the prime reef feed stuff and the ice bites frozen shrimp , with what they can eat in 3-5 minutes.
i also purchased a whole bunch of blue christmas led
's from a garage sale and plan on stripping them down and resoldering them together to use as a nighttime moonlight / blue lighting to give it more of an oceany feel... i'm not sure how blue led
's work for creating like am actinic blue light or what not , how many blue leds it would take/ how many i would need. i have about 300 blue leds or so... i just need to find some sort of PC
- board or something i could use in replacement of a pcb all the pcb's ive seen have too small of holes for the guage of wire used for these leds...
What size is your tank? 30 gallons
How old is your tank ? 4 months?
How did you cycle your tank and when? I started out by adding the two liverock and adding a little bit of food everynow and then and watching for the spikes until they leveled off, started this about 4 months ago at the 2 month part i added the 2 snails and 2 conch which i thought would be a second level start to it and they are surviving well so i decided to go for the fish after returning from vacation.
How much LR
, a/o LS
is in the tank? 15 pounds-LR? 10 pounds LS?
Was the LR
cured ? (when) the guy at the shop i baught it off of said it was precured- live rock? not sure i got it from him 4 months ago.
What inhabitants do you have ? 2 fighting conch, 2 trochus snails, 2 O clowns?
What filter(s) are you running ? 2 filters one for a 30 g and one for a 20g both canister
What Power Heads are you running? I am running a maxi-jet-400
What kind of salt are you using , and how are you making it? I mixed in a seperate bucket some instant ocean mix with water i bought for like water cooler... is that RO/DI water?
What kind of H20 are you using ? Distilled , tap , RO
Are you using any additives? I am using ket marine essentials ( purple round thing in the pic)
What are your water parameters ?
Ammonia 0( if anything not much more)
NitrIte 0-5( if anything not much more)
NItrAte around 25 mg/L
Calcium I don't have anything to measure this but the guy at the shop said adding the dead coral would boost this?
Alk not sure
Magnesium not sure
(Specific Gravity / Salinity) 1.025( i know it's suppose to be a little less i keep just adding the water without the salt mix but it only slowly going down.
Measured with a refactometer or hydrometer:swing arm( instant ocean)