Johan's first tank

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  1. JohanB

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    OK so I got my tank, started setting everything up and thought I'll post some pics and questions in case you guys see something wrong. This is my first tank so feel free to comment.

    The tank is 1.2m by 0.6m by 0.5m deep. (360l plus probably 120l or so for the sump)

    I got to start with:

    NW-150 Skimmer (Reef Octopus)
    Odessey Light Unit 54W Quad
    SEIO Prop 1500

    I'm getting my refractometer on Thursday to check the salinity and then I can put my live rock in to start cycling.

    Should I run my skimmer/Powerhead when cycling? (I assume no lights)
    Is the water level on the skimmer okay?
    Should I connect a pipe to the skimmmer drain?
    Is it okay if my overflow has water all the way to the top like in the image (it seems to only want to go all the way to the top or all the way to the bottom with the tap)?


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  3. JohanB

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    welcometomasa Nice little setup:thumbup:
     
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    nice neat and tidy.. good start!
     
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    Hi Johan, like the clean looks.

    Do you plan to add any live rock?
    If you do, itis best to add the live rock so it can cycle with the dsb. Else you might get a no3 / po4 spike when you do add LR, extending your cycling period.

    If you have seeded your dsb with sand from someone else, I would suggest adding a heater, so that the organisms you are trying to grow, at least will have a cozy environment.
     
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    A great Start there!
     
  8. JohanB

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    Yes I have some live rock that I want to add as soon as I am sure my salinity levels are good. Hopefully I can then start cycling before the weekend. I think my salinity level is about 1.021 at this time. Is that fine to add live rock in or should I rather wait until I get my salinity up a little bit (I'm just waiting on a refractometer before I add more salt)
     
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    Where did you get the rock? If it was from a running system, you might want to accimatise the rock when you add it. If it is dead rock/ base rock, it should be fine to add.

    You should be able to get the salinity tested at your LFS, if you do not have a refractometer. Or you could ask for someone in your vicinity with one, to just come over and assist :)
     
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    I bought the live rock from the LFS before I knew that I was going to have to wait on the refractometer.

    I have tested the salinity at the LFS, thats how I know it is 1.021. Will maybe go test at them again today because I am concerned that the live rock has been in the container too long. But maybe wait until Thursday to get the refractometer for myself since they only then get stock.

    How do I acclimatise the live rock?
     
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    How did you store the LR? If it was in a bin with no heater and no flow, then any living things on there is probably dead already. ( If they did not die already due to starvation if rock was left for more than 2-3 days)Then you can add it to the tank.

    If it was kept with heater and sufficient flow (and feed) then you would have to slowly drip water from your tank to the water of the container. Same as you would do for fish.
     
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    Ok thanks, I got a refractometer over lunch and will try to get my tank stable, acclimate and add the live rock as soon as its ready.
     
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    I see you added the sand to the sump first then the water.
    Should be the other way around. Not a big issue, just switch off your return pump and stir the sand. Try to get all the pockets of bubbles caught out.
     
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    cool I was wondering about that, will do thanks
     
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    Yes absoutely!
    This is highly debatable. There is most likely nutrients in the rock and sand, which will lead to algae and diatoms whilst cycling. Most see this as a bad thing.... I beg to differ....

    A lot of skimmers have this feature, its upto you. I would not advise it, unless you fit a tap to the skimmer cup drain pipe. Sometimes skimmers go beserk and having a drain pipe from your cup running into a soda bottle for example can cause the soda bottle to overflow onto where.....? With a tap on the line, the skimmer cup will overflow into your tank... which aint all that cool, but its a lot less damaging than your missus getting home to a flooded house!
    If I overstand your question correctly, I wouod rather have the tap on the overflw open all the way, i.ow. have the water in the overflow weir as low as possible.

    The setup seems quite okey, but you will definitely need some more flow and an auto top up. With those add, you really are good to go.

    No need to acclimatise your liverock, unless it has corals growing on it. If bought as liverock from a shops liverock tank, just dump it in and do your scaping dunring the cycle period.

    Also just make sure that should your return pump fail or go off, there is enough room in the sump to not overflow.
     
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    Thanks for advice, I have used it already.
    Having it very low will cause more noise, but maybe I can do something about it.
     
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    nice looking setup there bud. looking forward to the end product. please add LR as soon as possible as the system wont cycle properly. tagging along
     
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    cool yes added it:

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    But I need some more so I am trying to get some. If I dont get any for cheaper by the weekend I guess I'll get some from the LFS.
     
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    I got some more live rock and my wood for my cabinet today. Already saw some brittle star fish in it.
    Also did a water test:
    NO4 - 0
    NO3 - 0.4
    Temp - 27 (too high i guess? still waiting for decent heaters that I can adjust easily)
    Ph - 8.1
    Salinity - 1.025

    All the live rock was cured before so I'm not seeing much NO4. Will that come a bit later? Only added most of the live rock yesterday.
    Dosing special blend.
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    Looking great!!! :thumbup:
     
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    Looks really good!!! Hope to see a lot more.
     
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