My Nano Tank

Discussion in 'Nano Tank advice' started by Mischif93, 29 May 2015.

  1. Mischif93

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    So here are some pictures of my 40l (approx) nano tank.
    I still need to get a LED unit for it.

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    So far it's been 5 days since filling and dose everyday with Seachem stability and also have live sand (quite a thick bed), so far the tank still looks the same as the first day, so waiting patiently checking everyday to see if their is any sign that it's cycling.
     
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    Nice :)
     
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    Thanks :)

    Bought an Innovative Marine SKKYE 14K light unit, lights the tank up nicely (will upload pictures) but noticed a crack on the unit so will be taking it back, hopefully I will get a replacement soon.

    But this is what my tank looked like before discovering the crack.

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    What crack?
     
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    On the light unit its self, there was a crack where the screw screws into the adjusting rod, so took the light back to Dorry and should get my replacement in the week.
     
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    Phew thought you tank had cracked. :m106:
     
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    Luckily the acrylic still looks as if it was just taken out the box :)

    Quick question, I read that people put clean up crew (in my case more specifically a hermit crab) to aid in cycling the tank, would that be a good way to aid in cycling the tank once I finish week 2 of the cycle without harming/stressing the little guy?
     
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    No. Hermit crabs are put in to eat the algae that grows from the live rock. From your pics it will starve.
     
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    The tank will cycle with just the rock in it. You can add a hermit when the cycle is complete.
     
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    That tank is glass.
     
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    Ok makes sense, that isn't live rock though, it's dead, only have live sand.

    My one friend also said something about feeding the tank, dropping food in the tank and leaving it, said it will help with spiking the nitrates.
     
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    I thought it was acrylic, well now I know :)
     
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    If it was my tank i would add some bacteria (seachem stability or microblift special blend) then add a few corals before fish.

    No point in adding food that will cause PO4 issues and other nutrient ones as well.

    What are the water parameters at the moment?

    Salinity
    Temperature
    ammonia
    nitrite
    nitrate
    phosphate
     
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    Well this will be the 6th day since adding water, so probably still some time before it can have corals in?

    The temperature is 26.3 c, the salinity is 1.025 as for the other 3, I haven't tested the water yet, meant to take it to Dorry today to get an idea but forgot, will take some water to Dorry tomorrow to test.

    I am adding half a cap of stability daily.
     
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    The other three are the ones that indicate if you are having a cycle. The fourth one will tell you if you are going to have diatoms and algae issues. Get them tested else you are just wasting time waiting for nothing.

    PS your sg is 1.025 not your salinity. :)
     
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    Aaaand.... Wheres the pink panther vlip....
    Not too early for corals, with dosing stability, biodigest etc. regularly and by adding an organic carbon source, and having used live sand, you can add a few hardy coral like zoanthids/corralamorphians already, just be sure no ammonia and nitrite present. The rock they come on will also aid in a big way by adding various beneficial strains of bacteria.
     
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    Will take a sample tomorrow and find out.

    Need to make a point of remembering that, so just checked through it again and it's at 32-33 (struggling to see) ppt.

    Irie Ivan, what do you mean by organic carbon source?
     
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    Vinegar, vodka, nopox, etc. A source of carbon to put bacteria into overdrive.
     
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    o ok.
    Will do some reading up on it during my study breaks.
     
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    I took water to Dorry yesterday to be tested but they weren't able to test it yesterday so I just left the water there and they tested it today.

    Nitrite: 0
    Nitrate: 5
    Ammonia: 0.25
    Phosphates: 0.03

    So I would assume that the tank is cycling.
     
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