On my slow progress on building a 75g future Reef Tank =)

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  1. iLLaPiNo83

    iLLaPiNo83 Astrea Snail

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    Oh thats too bad, that's good that your DT didnt get damaged. By the way did you know why your sump crashed?
    I just bought a eshopps psk 75 skimmer (100$ used) at the the lsf, more live sand for the refugium, and some small live rocks to spread in the tank. Will post some pictures tomorrow. The sand i bought only covers 2-3 inches in the refugium... it wasn't enough for the 4-6 inches of dsb. When can I start adding CUC?
     
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  3. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    yes, I was away on vacation and the siphon from the overflow failed, the person taking care of my tank didnt know what to do so she "disconnected" the sump (meaning no water was flowing from the DT to the sump and vise versa) this lead to a smelly and I mean SMELLY bacterial bloom in the sump.... luckily this happened only a few days prior to my return..... so managed to steer the course back on track within a couple days.....

    In fact interesting note, on large systems, mine is about 500l, things don't "go south" from one day to the next, if your water gets dirty you'll see minor cyano and algae blooms. I mean say what you will and fight them with fire, but these guys are effective natural filters. my sand bed was little brown at peek 12 in my DT and one of the walls of the tank I dont scrub had a little more algae than when I left, but as soon as i got home I tested the water and it was spot on.

    iv since then reactivated my sump, went bare bottom as mentioned, and feel much happier about it..... I have a large power head in there I occasionally turn one to stir up detritus and have it get eaten by the corals or picked up by my skimmer and or carbon. the minor cyano I would see at 12 has vanished and the algae on the wall are receding....I guess my skimmer gives my system that little extra filtering assistance to starve the algae.

    EDIT: clean up crew goes in at the end of the cycle typically people add them even before the fish to "clean things up".

    even if you dont have a very deep sand bed and use it as a filter it will still serve as a haven for little sand critters in your refugium.... just keep it clean is my advice
     
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  4. iLLaPiNo83

    iLLaPiNo83 Astrea Snail

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    Been busy for the last few days. Looks like your tank is really balanced and i hope I can replicate that with my tank where everything inside it does their job.

    Thanks for the advice, I'll add some cuc in the display and in the refugium once the cycle is over.
    Just tested the water pH=8.0, ammonia=0.25, nitrite=0, nitrate=10
    It's hard using the API masters kit comparing the colors, I feel like I'm color blind or something=(( Do you have any experience on this kit? For the ammonia test, I observed that as you mix and set it for more than 5 min it gets darker. Will I have a false reading if I check the color for more than 5 or 10 min? And also why does the tank have nitrates, doesn't the tank need to have a spike on ammonia and then nitrite first?
     
  5. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    I dont have any direct experience with API, but I have used colored tests in the past and they can indeed be tricky.... depending on the light source you use, the results may seem to vary as well so make sure you use always the same light when comparing results. if im not mistaken time will also alter the results, the longer you leave the reactor agent in the longer it will...well react....

    nitrate is the end product of the nitrogen cycle, its what builds up and is one of the main reasons for water-changes, as anaerobic bacteria build up (in a deep sand bed or deep within the crevices of your rock work) they will be able to convert this No3 in N2 (nitrogen gas).

    this is where the whole mastery of the hobby comes in, water chemistry; aside your mg.ca.,alk,ph and salinity. nutrients are one of the harder things to keep in line.... being able to balance bio-load and filtering mechanisms so as to allow the bacteria to do their thing is the key to success IMO. if we have to much of a bio-load the bacteria cant keep up with the "nitrate" buildup, the water gets "dirty" and corals become difficult to keep....
     
  6. scajeo

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    Nice job on the scaping. I want to do something along the same line and am wondering what plastic rod and drill bit you used?
     
  7. iLLaPiNo83

    iLLaPiNo83 Astrea Snail

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    Thanks scajeo. The plastic rod i used was from home depot, they sell it as driveway marker. What i did was i used just a regular drill and went in slow.

    I'll attach a pic of the plastic rod

    Here's a link from homedepot.com http://www.homedepot.com/p/The-Hillman-Group-48-in-Reflective-Rod-Orange-848638/202051800
     

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  9. iLLaPiNo83

    iLLaPiNo83 Astrea Snail

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    Here's an update on my 75 gallon. There's a change of fish stock that i previously wanted to get... Current stock in the aquarium is a pair of clown fish, 1 yellow tang, 1 sailfin tang, 1 sleeper goby, 1 blue damsel, a yellow watchman paired with pistol shrimp, and a pair of cleaner shrimps. I've also put in some corals.