My Nano

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  1. Franske

    Franske

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    Hi guys here are some pics of my setup,is about 3 weeks old after redoing it so may stil be going through its cycle
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    That is my tank with my sump,canister is only temporary until my dsb has started up
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    That is a picture of my dsb,need some help if you guys think it should work,have some aragonite balls mixed with sea sand at the botom and then a pure layer of playsand
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    Here is a random pic,need to know if you guys think that the liverock standing like that on the playsand is fine or do I need to put something underneath it
    Aby help wil be very much appreciated,this is my first saltwater tank so im stil learning
     
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  3. Ocean

    Ocean Lazy Sea Slug

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    Very nice tank im also setting up my nano, the LR is fine but if you want to raise it you can but you dont have to(I dont)
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what you got running in the Canister?
    the tank is probably cycling.post your water parameters,lets check it out...
    what lighting you got?
    do you have a skimmer?
     
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    Franske Thread Starter

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    Yes ive got a skimmer in the sump on the left,only got two t8s now,know not that good but planning on upgrading to some t5s,got some ceramic rings in the canister,whil post pics soon as I get home after the weekend,does the dsb look fine for denitrification?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    DSB looks fine,how deep is it?
    what skimmer are you running?
    whats the silver thing over the DSB?
    ditch the ceramic rings.rather put in a bag of po4 remover and carbon
     
  7. Franske

    Franske Thread Starter

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    That is my heater over the dsb,the dsb is about 15 cm deep,ive got a macro aqua,not that good but with a 1200l/h pump attached to it,I stil want to get some phosphate remover and carbon but want to run the ceramics cause I got some livestock to early(2 damsels,firegoby,anemone crab,boxing shrimp) so I need to keep the nitrates low,but wil that rougher grain aragonite balls in the dsb work as a lot of people told me the grainsize is to big
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    personally i feel that the Aragonite balls are a waste of time.should you wanna kickstart your DSB,place eggcrate over your DSB and above the eggcrate place a few pieces of LR
     
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    Nice looking setup, i like the mirror on the top. I have to agree with Mekaeel and ditch the bio rings they are an absolute nitrate factory and will eventually result in a hair algae farm.
     
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    ar you talking about the balls in the dsb or what,dont you think it wil work for the denitrification
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i think Alan is talking about the ceramic rings in the Canister.chuck em out aswell as your aragonite balls over the DSB.
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Your DSB looks fine, just the finer sand should have been on the bottom, not that big a deal though as i moved one of my sand beds recently and ended up with the finer stuff on the top aswell. Yip get rid of the ceramic rings in the canaster.
     
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    Nice looking start, well done Franske
     
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    Franske Thread Starter

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    Mekaeel I dont understand,are you talking about the aragonite balls at the bottom of my dsb or what?will take the ceramics out as soon as I get home,the only thing that bothers me is the I dont have anything to keep my nitrates down or what do you guys think,whil my 2 damsels survive it without that and the other question is wil my dsb develope if my canister is doing al the work?
     
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    Just got home and luckily everything is stil alive,what about the canister now,will my stuff survive
     
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    Hi, the live rock is quite capable of de nitrifiying, just remove the ceramic rings a few at a time over a couple of weeks and the bacteria in the liverock will pick up the slack, looks a good start, just go slowly, remember nothing good happens quickly:)
     
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    sorry was talking about the stuff over the DSB (on top).the stuff at the bottom is fine.
    things will be fine without the canister
     
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    Welcome to MASA Franske - your tank is starting up nicely. The guys already gave you some decent info..... Good luck and keep us posted.

    BTW: could you please still post the water parameters for us? (ie. pH, SG/salinity, temp, ammonia/nitrite/nitrates, phosphates, etc...)
     
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    Franske Thread Starter

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    Thanks alot for all the info,meaeel that little bit of white stuff on top of the dsb is only a bt of crushed coral to keep the sand from moving at that spot,is that what you are talking about,here are some parameters
    sg 1.025
    temp 27 degrees
    nitrates +- 5
    ph 8.1
    Havent tested phosphates etc,what other important parameters are there that I must test now
    Another question is what length tube is a 54 watt t5 and can I run lower wattage t5s on a 54 watt ballast
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    nitrites and ammonia are also very important.what brand of testkits are you using?
    54W T5s is 1.2M long.
    nope you dont wana run a lower wattage bulb on the 54W ballast.it will blow
     
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    Cool so id rather not try that then,ive got a small pump that pumps around 500l/h and I want to know if I put some phosphate remover in it and is the flow strong enough
     
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