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with help from Lanzo i started my transformation on my old "crashed system" lost most of my livestock. started 2 weeks ago
 
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got some playsand from toys R us and began taking all the nonsense out of tank, this is the progress: sump is from lanzo
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this how my tank currently looks, got a lot of neatening up to do and more LR to add.
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Cool! Thanks Geoffrey - OK - as I said before - you just have to EXTREMELY vigilant with cleaning the filter-wool.

I think that the water level is a little bit too low for your skimmer to work optimally - perhaps you should try and reduce the water-flow at your return pump - or install a slightly lower rated return pump?

This will make your skimmer work more efficiently, thus reducing the DOC's/POC's in the water even more.

Your DSB in the tank is a little bit too "young" still to really work as a nitrate-reducer. You will have to be a little bit more patient with it. It takes anything up to 6 weeks for you really start to see any benefits....

So - you can do the following to getyour nitrates lower:
- replace/clean your filter-wool more often
- feed slightly less - perhaps only some dry flake food/pellets (a very little at a time) once a day
- get the water level higher in the compartment where you have your sump - IF POSSIBLE AT ALL - I would actually turn the sump around - IF YOU COULD DO THIS - have your skimmer in the big compartment on the LEFT of the tank (at your inlet coming FROM your tank into the sump

- you could also run granular nitrate removal chemical filtration - if you want to....
 
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and water changes? im thinking about doing one this afternoon. when i replace wool, etc. but i was told to be careful when doing water changes. the salt burns the fish?
is there any specific method to follow?
 
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Thats an unuasual stand u have Geoffry , but i LIKE it !!:)

LOL ya i know. got this whole setup from a friend. also though the same thing. but it grows on you. Set it as your desktop backround! might speed up the process.
 

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Hi Geoffry - no ways that the salt will BURN the fish! The thing with mixing salt, is to get the water parameters the same as what you have in your tank, currently (to what the fish are used to).
So - check salinity/SG in the tank water, check water pH, check water temp...
Once you have gotten your mixed RO water the same as your tank's, remove some water from the tank (a percentage - this will also determine how much RO+salt mix you going to have to mix)....
Then after removing the water from your tank, add the new water to your tank, slowly, over a period of 10-15 minutes or so....
 
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alright thanks jacques. do u think my setup will be okay like this? abviously with more live rock and time. cause im thinking about putting some live stock in within a month or so.

oh and ive got little red worms in my dsb! thats good ey?
 

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Yeah - your tank would be ok like this. Perhaps create a thread in the "Live stock wanted" section, and ask who would perhaps sell you some live rock cheaply. Instead of paying maximum premium at a LFS.....

You only need a little of live rock. You should just plan on your stocking levels, and too many fish could stress your bioload too much.

The little red worms are AWESOME, bud! They are most likely polychaete worms - ie. bristle-worms..... VERY good to have!
 
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well im not gonna go buying 10 fish at a time maybe 2 or 3 every now and then.

thanks for the help man. gotta go write accounts test now. OMG this tank is gonna make me fail! arghh.
 

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