My First Reef Tank

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  1. Oromis

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    Hi Guys

    So the Bug Has gotten hold of me, been Diving a long time and the time is here to start my own Reef

    The Tank is 1000 x 500 x 800 MM (L x W x H)

    Hardware:
    • Reef Octopus TS2
    • Bubble Magus Rock WP4000 Return Pump
    • SOBO WP-300M
    The Rest of the toys Are Coming i am looking for a Radion light for the tank

    Special Thank you to @scottyD

    Photos Will Follow

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  3. superfrog

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    Hey! Welcome to MASA and congrats and starting your journey!

    You tank design looks good. I do see an overflow in the pic so i assume the tank will have a sump. Just my 2 cents worth...800mm for me is a bit high. Too much height and you will struggle with PAR at the lower levels of the tank (usually will need to spend even more on lighting to try and compensate for the height). Have you considered maybe going a little shallower?
     
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    Thank you

    the tank was my Tropical fish tank just Modding to be come a Reef Tank
    but the 800 mm is not easy if i need to get to the bottom of the tank my self that is why i am looking at Radion Lights the ppl i spoke with all say they should make the light i need and i am thinking of keeping my T5 14ooo kelfin light running
     
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    Some Pics
    Testing for Leaks
    Going to start filling Tonight
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    800 deep is nice. But a mission to pick anything up that is at the bottom.

    Depending on your rock stack. High stack and the corals can easily be in less than 400mm deep water. But yes, Radion lights are very good.
     
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    Awesome stuff. Pics look great! Keep em coming!
     
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    looks very good man well done
     
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    Hi

    Can anybody tell me what is a good time to let the tank cycle before i can add livestock like crabs...
     
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    depending on the quality of your liverock.

    Especially if you can smell the rock (obviously outside the water :blush: )
    Then it can take up to 6 weeks.

    Best is to test especially the ammonia levels.
     
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    cool

    i will test the water end of next week that is 2 week in to cycle and check

    what should my levels be?
     
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    Are you using any supplements to assist with the cycling process or are you going to run the natural ( but longer ) process?
     
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    I am using special blend and 100 litre of water came from @scottyD he did a water change and gave me the water to help with cycle
     
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    Still give the cycling process some time. A nice indicator would be when you see lots of copepods and other little critters dancing around the rocks and substrate. By that time you given the pod population to grow and then you can start adding your CUC.
     
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    Cool

    will keep you guys posted
    and maybe some more pics tomorrow
     
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    Pics are good, we are all pic junkies on MASA.
     
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    image update
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    still need some more LR but will get there
     
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    From the little i know, rather have it cycle a bit more since you've got "prepared water" and dosing with special blend. unless you can source some live sand. rather take it slow.

    i decided on taking a shortcut and got some rock and polyps to help speed he process. i had to remove everything i put in as a shortcut because there were some aiptasia on the polyps and rocks and now im back at waiting.

    Just my 2 cents...
     
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    Alkalinity 2.5-4 meq/L
    Salinity 35ppt 1.026Sg
    Magnesium 1250-1350 ppm
    Calcium 380-450 ppm
    Ph 7.8 - 8.5
    Phosphate <0.03ppm
    Ammonia <0.01ppm
    Nitrate <0.02ppm
    Nitrite <0.02ppm
     
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    I am running the cycle for 2 more weeks
    then i am going to add more live rock to get my scape right
    only 2 weeks after that i will add CUC
     
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