My first tank - Nano Reef

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  1. Smaly

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    Hello everyone,

    I just setup my very first tank, and i'm so excited. I obviously need a lot of help as i'm very new to the hobby.

    My setup

    Tank Seastar 56 litre glass
    Filtration Dophin PS2012 HOB 6.6w 500l/h
    Lighting Odyssea Dual Pro T5 50/50 24w
    Heater Weipro 100w
    Flow Boyu SP 603E submersable filter 8w 400l/h


    I haven't put on my light yet, the brackets just need some adjusting as the light is 10 cm longer than the tank.
    I added the sand and 3.5 kg rock last night, so it's still 'milky'. and obviously it looks dark without the light.

    I don't know if this is normal, but I have alot of white foam on the surface. The HOB skimmer manual said something about white foam, but that must collect in the skimmer, not on the water.

    If the water level is lower, then the skimmer outlet drops in the water and it makes small bubbles, but with the high water level, the water outlet hangs on the surface, so the water that comes out doesn't fall in, but just stirs the surface. Can that make the white stuff? I don't want my water level lower, i want it as close to the top as possible.

    Please advice,

    Thanx

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    i dont know how to put a picture in the thread. i've uploaded a picture with image uploader, but i dont know where it is now:blush:

    found it....
     
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    Welcome to MASA!

    What water did you use to fill the tank?
     
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    Not familiar with that skimmer.
    Is foam collecting in the skimmer cup?
     
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    hmmmm, little drops so far. i only started it last night. I will have to check it tonight. So foam on the surface is not normal?
     
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    Did you add salt to your tank as well? oh yes,and welcome to MASA.
     
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    Hi, thank you,

    Yes I added Red Sea Salt. measured salinity 1.024
     
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    Foam could also be an indicator that the sand was not washed properly.
     
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    Hi,

    I didn't wash it. it was aragonite with live sand. wet/damp
     
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    In that case I assume it's happening because the surface is not being skimmed like with a regular overflow. I think it should go away after a while.

    The alternative to try and get rid of it is to place an glass tumbler over the inlet pipe of the hang on filter with the top of the tumbler or glass just below the surgace temporarily, so that it draws water from the surface(thus skimming the surface) untill the foam is gone.
     
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    you right meneer... that foam is a off-white colour... sand was not washed properly

    you can remove foam manually with a net or something ,it shouldnt form again

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    i have a very similar setup,bare in mind, it being your 1st tank, these small nanos/picos are NOT easy to run,you need lots of experience.Did you add anything to cycle the tank??? those hang on back skimmers are recent releases and i havent witnessed one working yet so cnt give input there,but make sure you have somewere to run carbon.anti-phos and maybe some zeo (amonia remover) and also a filter pad that will enhance clarity of water x10..
     
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    i used prodibio to maintain my levels in my tank and it works, many people swear by it, you should try it
     
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    Thanks JsREEFn, I don't have 'somewhere' to run...any of that stuff.

    I added something to help with cycling (apparently). I don't know the name now, its a clear fluid that I have to add daily for 7 days.

    re filtration media mentioned above, i did alot of research on the nanoreef forums and it looks like most guys run very successfull nano's without any biological filtration. Some people just live rock,sand and water flow.

    I opted for somewhere in the middle. Don't you think it will work?
     
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    Welcome to MASA, hope you enjoy it here with us. Some reading for below ;)
     
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    By doing regular water changes you can run a very successful nano without alot of chemical filtration but its just easier if you do run. You wont need huge amounts of it so maybe you can get some running in your tank
     
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    Hi smaly welcome to MASA.

    I used to have a similar setup with a hob filter and I had the same problem with foam and particles on the surface. I modified the inlet pipe so that it would suck water from just under the surface of the water and that sorted it out. Let me know if you interested and I will take find a picture of it for you.
    Is there a skimmer in there or is just the hob?

    Live rock actually is a biological filter.
    I would add some kind of chemical filteration as well, something like purigen and phosgaurd or chemi-pure elite. Regular water changes are the best thing you can do on a tank this size.

    I don't know how well that submersible filter is going to work in the long run. I would think of taking that out and adding a low flow power head instead.

    What is in the hob filter at the moment?
     
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    Hi Mc, it's actually a HOB protein skimmer. New on the market from Dophin. Please take a pic of the modification, because I noticed that the surface is oily now.

    oh so live rock is biological :blush: thanks

    I wanted to put in a power head, but the guy in the store suggested the submersible filter for flow and some filtration. Why do you think it wont work?

    oh, and the light is up!!
     
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