Cycling - Pictures

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  1. mytank

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    Hey,

    So before I went overseas I started my tank cycle (didn't want to be here and look at rock ;), got back last night three weeks later and the tank parameters are the following (GF stayed over took the readings (including temp) and refilled RO water ;)

    So here they are let me know what you think after three weeks:

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  3. KeeganP

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    wow nice graphy man... what happened on the 23rd that you got a spike in NO3?
     
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    No idea ... wasn't here :) it seems to have stabilized though. Seem to be getting what looks like a lot of little fine hairs starting to grow on the sides of the tank. LR is doing really well all the fan's are out.

    It prob gets around 2 to 3 hours of light (MH 150 W and four T5's) a day, trying not to feed it to much light whilst its cycling.

    What I am trying to figure out is when is it going to be ready for some live stock :)
     
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    p.s. good point - what should I look for to attribute the spike in NO3?
     
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    are you feeding anything?
    Reason I ask, you want the nice things to make it, but they must eat. What happens if all the dead matter has been consumed. The live that's still there then start to die out.
    I would feed a little bit of flakes. A little bit.
     
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    Ok newbie question :)

    There is nothing in there only two lonely hermits and a crap load of LR. What am I going to be feeding?
     
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    Sheesh, that is what I call husbandry way above the call. I bow to you! Keep it up, you will have a great setup!:yeahdude:
     
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    Copepods, worms, things hiding inside the rock.

    Buy your GF a big chocolate for what she done while you were away. Those in the red see through plastic.
    Take a flash light (not a strong one) and cover it with that red plastic from the chocolate. And check late at night what you can see. You will be amazed.
    At worst, if you do not find anything, well at least you scored some points with the GF. :thumbup:
     
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    Do not switch on the lights in the room. About 1 hour later. Best results you need just a soft red glow, just enough to see. And show her what you find.
     
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    Good advice from Riaan there,

    The hair thing should be green hair algae, its common during cycle and should go away, this also happens when you have your lights on during the cycle...
    when did you add the hermits in? the spike could have been when you added them or some die off from the LR or the crap from the hermits which I doubt lol...
    once its stable again then you may add livestock in, BUT slowly make sure you add only one or two small fish in then more slowly, what set-up do you have? did you start a thread on your set-up?

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    Any pointers on which food?
     
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    She is a keeper ;)
     
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    Ahh found my first colony of Zoas today, they all brown but hey there there and open on the LR :) WOOT!
     
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    congrats on the hitchikers, cycling a tank can be great fun as you find things comming out the LR :) let it cycle a while yet though dont rush it now.
     
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    are Zoas hardy? I always think to myself how come they can live through a cycle
     
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    zoas are bullet proof, its almost difficult to kill them. great corals and those that just pop out the LR without you noticing the mat from before are normally palyzoanthid, but get us a pic and we can try id propperly for u.
     
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    Any marine flakes, not to much.
     
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    here we go finally a pic - it's with my cell phone but you can just see them ;)

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    awesum :) im fairly sure those will be palyzoanthids, great hitchikers, nice find
     
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    Marry her. :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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