4 foot - finally up & running!!

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  1. kakarot

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    Hey all,

    Well finally got my tank up and running for 2 weeks now. Its a 4 foot 300 liters total volume. Currently has 8 kgs of base rock and ± 20kg's of live rock mixed kenyan & tonga.

    Week 1:
    I used RO water & reef salt (seachem) got the salanity to 1024 at temp of roughly 26 degrees c... I waited about 6 days before I added all my live rock and used the skimmer from day 1. I then turned it off for 3 days and added a bacteria kick starter. Started skimming again after 2 days.

    Week 2:
    Tank has been running now 2 weeks and 1 day. Check the parameters today and its at:
    Ph: 8.3
    KH: 8.6
    NH: 0.25
    PO4: 0.03
    NH2: 0.25
    Haven't test NO3

    My tank water was pretty clear now and over night its gone cloudy. Now I can't remember if this is normal or not? I do have filter media now since day 1 and I have been changing it.

    Is this normal or is it just because of die off from the rock, etc?

    I sadly can't post pics cause I'm using my cell phone. I will try thou to get some uploaded.
     
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  3. kakarot

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    Picture of the tank from yesterday...

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    Full shot with lights on:

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    Pic of skimmer, seems to be working awesome right now:

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    Looking goog kakarot! Dig the scaping man.
     
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    Looking very nice! That skimmer is a beast! What are you planning to keep in the tank coral wise?
     
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    kakarot Thread Starter

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    Thanks guys!!! :)

    Well right now I only have a 4x 54w T4 unit on the tank. The plan is to get 1 more unit so I'll have 8x 54w T5's & I really wana keep a mixture of lps and sps and a softie here and there.

    In the sump I've decided not to go the dsb route and will be using LR in thr middle compartment and NP pellet reactor which I will fire up most likely today.

    Will try get more pics up today of the sump etc.
     
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    Does anyone know what these red tube things are from this piece of live rock? They've popped up in the last 2 days or so. Also tested water again and now I can detect a reading for NO3... Usually means the tank is cycling right?

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    tank is coming along well dude.. The red things are most probably just a macro algae. Dont worry about it :)
     
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    Thanks buddy... :)

    Spotted this last night, is this a rock anemone & should I get rid of it?

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    Sorry double post!! Couldn't find where to remove the postm anyways, can anyone tell me why my water would have become cloudy? I've been changing gilter media, etc.
     
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    Nope. ps your scaping looks good!
     
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    looks more like a paly because of the short tentacles.. Keep it

    could be a bacterial bloom. What filter media are you using?
     
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    I cant tell too much from the pic. Does it look more like this?
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    this is aiptasia. If its this then get rid of it
     
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    Doesn't look anything like the images you posted. The base or stem is a light color & then the head is brownish, short tenticles with are horizontal and like an eye in the centre which is a light color as well. Here's another pic

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    I was also thinking possible bacteria bloom, I did add a sera product bio nitrivec for kick starting the bacteria. Well I'm using filter mats and filter floss in the overflow. I putin egg crate and then the media on top of it but I have two levels of this so water is trickling through it. I've been changing it every 3rd day.
     
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    Who has experience with salifert test kits? Need to find out something about the amonia test, I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong it it.
     
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    I use Salifert Test Kit's...but I can't help you with the Ammonia Test as I don't use that...I use the Ammonia Alert Disc...I prefer seeing the "reading" every time when I look at the Tank..;)
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    The pic you posted looks similar to this...so I agree that it's probably a Paly...:thumbup:


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    I've never seen these before! Lol could be that I'm blind & never noticed it thou. How reliable are they and what's the rough price estimate for it?

    Yeps :) pretty much looks like these... So in time will this 1 paly of mine multiply or not?

    I have a dumb question now for the guru's out there. My tank is roughly 2 & half weeks old - still cycling, how is it possible that this paly is still alive? Btw I found a shrimp hatchling as well lasy night - was pretty much transparent
     
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    Yes in time it will most likely multiply forming a nice mat.

    Paly's are very strong corals capable of surviving some of the worst tank conditions. Also the thrive in waters rich in nutrients as they use these to spread quickly, that's why normally in the first few months only zoa's, paly's, aiptasia and other pest anemone's and macro algae grow from the live rock.

    I believe the "shrimp" you are talking about is actually a copepod. They thrive in the algae rich tanks in the cycle without predatory fish. They will quickly multiply and at night if you shine a torch on the sand you will see dozens of them. they are great for tank cleaning.
     
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    Awesome!!! Lol got a coral before the tank is even cycled haha...

    Hmmm oki, I looked like a shrimp. Haven't seen a pic of a copepod like the creature I saw but oh well - just happy the tank is going in the right direction so far...
     
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    The look very much like shrimps ranging from 1mm to 1cm, see through, lots of legs etc. some pics from google.

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    and they have many other forms
     
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