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So, its been running since monday.

I have 2.5 kg of Fijian LR.

Have done nothing except for empty the skimmer bowl, and stare at it.

Should i be adding additives?
 
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Besides LR which, if anyone in cape town wants to get rid of, give me a shout so that i can buy it off you.
 
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robski: is the front bit of your tank off the edge of the table? I'd REALLY advise against this! If you have nowhere else to put it then drain the tank. and put a thick piece of wood underneath it so it is supported evenly. You're really increasing the chance of cracking like that!
 
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Robski: I would advise against adding any livestock until the cycle is finished. Its cruel even to keep "hardy fishes" that can live in horrible conditions.

With regards to cycling, just leave it be, no need to add anything at this stage (except some more live rock - i've got 18kg in my tank). No waterchanges while its cycling or you'll prolong your cycle.

Also i've found that with the 10% weekly water changes I don't need any additives. I'm sure i'll have to dose calcium etc in the future when more LR is covered in coralline but for now its cool.

You only dose your tank once you've taken a reading of it, e.g) don't dose calcium without taking a reading showing low calcium. cool? :)
 

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Hi Rob - ditto on the cycling bit.... Unfortunately we reefers HAVE to be the most patient people on earth - otherwise just bad things happen quickly in marines.... So, at this stage you can and should go to many LFS's - see what they have to offer (fish wise, corals wise, etc), and do some more research on what you would like to keep.

Ask many more questions, that when your tank is ready cycled, you can start adding life stock....

Do you have test kits already? If not - get yourself some ammonia/nitrite/nitrate test kits - perhaps a phosphate test kit as well....
Start testing the water parameters..... update us regularly on this......

Also - create a thread in the "Wanted" section for live rock - perhaps someone will respond?

You do not have to add any additives at this stage - only once you are starting to keep invertebrates, you can start adding additives...
 
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cool, thank you very much guys for the help and advice.

Thinking of going to Aquality to try get some live rock.

should i stick to Fijian, or does it make more sense to go for the cheaper options?


Thanks guys! :thumbup:
 

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No, stick to Fijian, get the best you can - it is fundamental to the health of your tank - so don't save money on it.
 
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oh, can someone move this thread to members tanks?

Makes more sense to be there seeming that im going to keep you guys updated on my tanks progress.
 

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Rob - don't be TOO much in a hurry to get live rock. Rather save up and get the pieces at Liaquat as and how you can afford them. And I agree with Wee-Man - definitely stay with ONLY Fiji or Fiji Premium (or perhaps some of the other Malysian live rock is fantastic too)...

I have a bit of a "bad experience" with live rock, and find it a controversial issue.

Some people believe in a LOT, others in less. I fall in the latter category.... (since I found out that the live rock was the man cause of the MAJOR nuisance hair algae outbreak in my tank....)

You would want live rock that does not have trapped detritus in it.... otherwise you would be looking for trouble in future, with phosphates/nitrates leaching, causing all kinds of crap in your tank!
 
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Hi, what have you doen with the filter at the back of the tank, if std. would strongly segest removing ceramics, bio balls and sponges, had majar nitrate problems with mine, place some filter flose under your skimmer which you replace when dirty (cheep R5 a bag) in the next conpartment you can place your cemical fillter mida. Also add more live rock and LOTS of flow in the tank, try and place the pumps so that you get a turbulant flow and not directional flow (constant)
 
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hey tank..

I have removed all sponges, ceramics and bio balls. So now I only have my skimmer, my pump, as from earlier, 8kg of LR and my dead sand.

I was doing some research, and I want to know if it is possible to take out my standard 1000L p/h pump from the bank and put in stronger pump, like the BOYU FP -48, which is 2100L p/h. And just use that as my water flow??

I will post some more pics of the tank tomorrow with my new LR in it.

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you'll need more flow than that! In my tank I flow 8100l/h. The best is a few pumps in the tank flowing all differnt directions. Place some fillter flos under your skimmer, you'll be seprised at the junk it fillters out, just make shure you change it now and again otherwise you'll have nitrate problems
 

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