Furbz 250l

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  1. Furbz

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    hi guys finally got my tank up and running.
    but gonna need some help with most things as i am new to this...
    never cycled a tank before...

    the tank is 250l acrylic

    i have a 3cm playsand bottom.
    9kg of LR
    a small cushin star
    urchin
    2 damsels
    a brittle star (brown with bands) not spikey
    a blenny
    one power head
    i also have 7 hermit crabs (currently in geoff's tank as i dont have any food for them growing in my tank yet)
    and an odd crab to... here is the link for the crab, trying to ID him.

    Hairy crab!! - Invertebrates


    and for my sump, i have a skimmer, phosphate remover, activated carbon, a new DSB(so far i seeded it with the old substrate i was given with the tank. got a couple of brissle worms and some sort of pollip i managed to find, the pollip disappeared tho. think it burried itseld in the DSB, a 2500l/h return pump with 2 nozzels in the display tank to act as powerheads...

    hope that it goes smoothly!! looking forward to finding out what you guys think!


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  3. Furbz

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    oh the 2 heaters are both 300W heaters...
     
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    Cool Furbz! So - you have some local Durbs fish in there, I see ;-)

    Don't worry - they will help you cycle your tank. Was a LITTLE bit early to add life stock, BUT, as long as you don't add ANYTHING else for the next 2 months.... You tank should be OK.

    Your sump also looks good!

    Do you own testing kits? If not, get yourself some (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, pH, salinity/SG - at the VERY least)...
    Start testing the water once or twice a week for the next 8 weeks....

    Then, once your water parameters all show 0 (and nitrates are as close to 0 as possible), then you can VERY slowly start adding some more life stock...
     
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    i got the livestock with the tank and didnt really know what to do with it. so i put it in the tank...
    i have a test kit, its a marine lab. it tests ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, pH, and alkalinity.
    not sure how accurate it is tho...
    everything is a bit up at the moment??
    just gonna have to wait and see i guess...

    as for the DSB, it is 17cm deep and i used playsand for it... the dimensions are 19cm deep by 32cm long.. is that big enough for my tank?? (250l)
     
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    looking good man.Ditto on Jacques
     
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    Date Ammonia % toxic Ammonia Nitrites Nitrates pH Alkalinity Temp Day 1 21-May-08 0.5 5.8 0.05 12.5 8 Normal 25 23-May-08 0.5 5.8 0.1 50
    26 25-May-08 0.25 5.8 0.1-0.2 50 8.2 26
     
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    my last check:
    ammonia 0.25
    nitrites 0.1 to 0.2
    nitrates 0.50
    pH 8.2
    temp 25 to 26
     
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    hang in there till you get 0 nitrites and 0 amonia
     
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    at what stage should i add macro algae? after the tank has cycled?
     
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    macro algea can be added immediatley.will help reduce nutrients
     
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    good to hear, not to sure where to get some tho...
     
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    shot man, i'm glad you got it up and running, lekker deep sand bed you got(nice).

    i'll put those two heaters in a chamber that won't be effected with water evaporation, you don't want to heaters to explode when water level drops;)
     
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    will organise that... can i submerge the whole heater under water??
     
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    yip
     
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    don't know what the green thing is, and i can't see the mussle
     
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    thats just it tho. i'm not sure what it is... next time your round i'll show you. its hard to see. but if you look along the white dead coraline algae, where it stops growing... that where the opening is, or where it opens... its big. about the size of my large damsel.

    in the bottom pic of the LR, its taking up about 40% of the photo.
    its got good camo, as alot of crap has grown on it
     
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    Um, your heaters should already be fully submerged. The thermostat is in the top part so it's probably measuring the air temp more than the water temp. Also you don't want the glass cracking because the top half is cold and the bottom half is warm.
     
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    Looking good so far, but try to avoid adding livestock until the ammonia is zero nad the tank has fully cycled.
     
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    sweet, the heaters are now placed better in the sump :)
     
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