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Hi Chas,

Thanks :m01: This tank is a fairly big jump for me. My nano is only 65 liters (net volume).

It's an app - aquarium note.
 
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Filtration update

Used some epoxy and super glue to secure the base rocks. Will do the middle layer of rocks tomorrow and the top one on Sunday.

After a thorough rinse, the sand has been added :m01:

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Ok, maybe not the best rinse ever. Will let the skimmer and filter sock deal with it.
 
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Equipment, cycle and filtration update

The following items were picked up this morning:

1 Odyssea T5 unit
STC 1000

Not sure how good the bulbs in the T5 unit are, but will get some ATI bulbs later on.

Picked up a 100 litres pre-mixed salt water to do the + 50% water change.

Attempting to epoxy and glue the middle pieces at the moment :banghead: Extra hands would be very useful at the moment.

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Results of tests performed today

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 5+ ppm an improvement (hue was lighter) previous test , but still high
Salinity: 1.027

Will be performing a 40 litre water change.

Any advice on finishing the cycle will be appreciated - tank has been cycling for 3 months now :confused1:
 
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Setup looks awesome!!

I would say your cycle is not complete if you are still reading nitrites. No nitrites and no ammo indicates a complete cycle.

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Tested water yesterday:

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 5 ppm
Salinity 1.026

I am baffled by the no2 readings.

Added 500ml of Seachem Matrix to the sump and got special blend and nite-out II. I have turned off the skimmer and will run the tank without the skimmer for 2 weeks.
 
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Tested water and no change from last week. Added some live sand and 1/2 kg live rock today.
 
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I was reading up on high nitrites during a cycle. I could only find reference to Dr Tim's one and only. It stated if nitrites exceeds 5ppm, water changes should be performed. It stated at that level the bacteria can not function and it will increase the cycle time significantly.

I picked up another 100 litre pre-mixed salt water from my LFS today and busy performing a water change. Hope this will speed up the process.
 
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Howzit bud,

just read your thread. think this is going to be an awesome system once it starts up!
I would add a piece of hake or shrimp to the tank for a few days and see if that makes a change
 
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@ Quintonv thanks. I am very excited for this setup.

Cycle update

Tested water today:

Salinity: 1.025
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0

Seems like the tank is finally cycled.

Now to leave the tank for a month for the bacterial film to build up.
 

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