i need your expert help i got a tank and dont know what to do!!!!

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  1. peds222

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    Hi All.
    Before i start i am a total newby to marine tanks!!!!
    All advise is welcome.

    Over the weekend i was given a tank by someone that went overseas. (May i just add that my body is still sore from moving it to my house.)

    The tank is 1.5M long and 760 High. It is a beatifull tank and it is now running, after moving the tank i lost some water and being the clever that i am i just added tap water.... Bad idea????? I saw my salt level droped and now i need to add salt to my tank.

    How do i go about doing this? my tank cant take any more water. Do i just add salt somewhere? Also i just need some advise on a few things.

    1. Do i leave the light on at all time?
    2. Do i need to change water from the tank?
    3. My tank is running at 28 degrees is that ok?
    4. Do i need to add anything else to water or test it?

    I am posting some picks so you can see the setup.

    Please please please advise.

    Thanks

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  3. crispin

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    welcome to masa peds great to have you join :)

    well done on getting your first marine tank, thats always exciting and fun:)

    there is qa HUGE amount you will need to learn and quite fast to be honest, but dont worry we will guide you through things one step at a time and soon enough you will find everything much easier.
     
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  5. Dane

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    Welcome to MASA!

    You've inherited a great tank and with work I'm sure it'll blossom into a fantastic system .

    Read the Q&As on this site and the beginners forum to answer all the questions that will be coming to you (there will be many!). Ideally, one should do a great deal of research before starting marines as there is a lot to learn. But a crash course in the deep end can also work ;-)

    To answer your immediate questions...

    1. Do i leave the light on at all time?
    No! Your livestock need a rest too! ;-) The "best" is to replicate natural daylight, and some reefers will emulate this by phasing their lights through the day. A half day life cycle of about 10 hours works fine for me.
    Heres an old link to some basic info on lighting > Lighting the Reef Tank: A Primer for Beginners by Doug Wojtczak - Reefkeeping.com

    2. Do i need to change water from the tank?
    Yes. Water changes are important, especially if your system is new, or a bit disturbed (like after a move). Water changes remove waste, and replenish trace elements that get used up.

    3. My tank is running at 28 degrees is that ok?
    A little on the warm side.

    4. Do i need to add anything else to water or test it?
    You don't need to add anything just sommer. But its advisable to test your parameters for things like nitrates/phosphates - so that you know whats going on in your tank.


    NEVER USE TAP WATER
    It will introduce impurities to your water. You need to buy specific reef-salt to mix with RO (reverse osmosis - pure) water. You cannot use ordinary salt!
     
  6. peds222

    peds222 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Dane for the info,

    So how do i go about getting my salt levels up again, should i remove water and mix it out the tank or should i add salt somewhere? I have purchased some proper salt ( not table salt :) )

    i will be happy to read it somewhere on the threads but i cant seem to find anything on the salt issue? al link if possible???

    Thanks Again
     
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    Hi, well done on setting it up in such a short time. Temp is high, should be around 26 degrees, could try a fan or aircon to bring temp down. Can't help on the salinity issue. Might have to mix some fresh RO water and marine salt mix and take out some water in the display tank or sump and add new mix till salinity is in check.
    Lights, I run mine for 7 hour, depends what light unit you have and type of lighting, is it metal halide or T 5's. Pic and details on lighting, other members will then be able to direct you. Water changes, for me it is a must, I do about a 20 - 30 % change every 2 weeks. Or at least try do.
    Bio balls in the last pic, most members will suggest you remove them. Good luck.
     
  8. Q89

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    :welcome6:

    About the salinity, what is your salinity level at?

    To get it higher, you can remove some of your tank water and mix the salt with the water and let it run back into your system (slow) You can use a piece of air tubing to add the water to your system.

    I'm also still a newby, but this is what I do, and nothing bad has happened
     
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    Welcome to MASA. Read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank - you'll need that info ;)
     
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    Welcome to MASA and enjoy the trip
     
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    Welcome to MASA!;) you will find everything you need to know about marines here.all i can say is read,read,read and read somemore:)
    good luck and ask lots of quistions;)
     
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    Congrads on the tank:thumbup:

    How old is the tank? Do you have any test kits?
     
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    Hello and welcome.

    Lots to learn.
    First thing, I doubt if that skimmer can handle this tank size. Like a 1100cc Fiat Uno motor in a Ford F250 truck.

    And filter system, when one day (most likely) you want to add corals, needs upgrading. Bio-balls are great for fish only systems like yours.

    BTW, 4 clowns, different species. Keep an eye on them. They could fight to the death. Unless the tank is big enough and they settle in two groups at different sides of the tank. And please do not go and buy Anemones for the clowns. At least, you need experience, filtration system not for anemones, and clowns really do not need a host to life in.

    But, take it slow, start reading, and enjoy this hobby.
     
  14. peds222

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    Thanks all for the replies......

    Last night i changed some of the water with mixed salt water my level hasnt changed much but ill add some more tonight.

    Here is my tank at the moment.

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    One more question i have. These filter balls i have here on this pic how high up should the water level be? is this fine or does the tank need more water? Im didnt see when i moved the tank what the water level of these wer.

    Here is where the level is at the moment.

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    How did you change the water? Did you did it like I said, or did you use RO water?
     
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    Not sure what RO water is. But i did it like you said take out some water and add mixed water to tank.

    Was that right ?????
     
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    What is your salinity at? We need an actual number.
     
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    +1 Anemone. That will help alot!

    RO is reversed osmosis water. You get a RO filter, it removes all the nasty stuff that you do not want in your tank.

    As for the salt mix, that should work, just remember to bring it up slowly, otherwise it may shock your system.

    One more thing, your water will evaporate, if this happens, you need to fill it with RO water and not salt mix, because only the water evaporates and not the salt in the water. And the RO also needs to be added slowly.
     
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    Normally this is what I would suggest. However, if his salinity is low, I would recommend replacing evaporated water with premixed salt water. Once his salinity is where it needs to be, then yes....exactly what you said!
     
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    peds222 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Q89 now i know!!! :)

    I will Post the salinity level tonight as i do not know off hand.
     
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    And again, thanx @Anemone!

    So @peds222 we just need that salinity reading then;)
     
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