Nano... 3rd week of cycling !

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  1. Apollo

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    Well, I'm approaching the third week of cycling and so far so good.

    The LR is colouring up nicely . Especially the top parts closest to the light.
    Lots of light brown algea starting to grow on the LR

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    Still have new lifeforms popping up daily. Mostly bristleworms , fanworms and hundreds of little octocoral polyps ( Too small yet to identify properly)

    Jewel anemone ?

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    Lastly: This "thingy" was on the LR when I got it, but very pale in colour. I noticed over the past few days that it has taken on a reddish colour. Appears to enjoy being very close to the light. No visible polyps of tentacles though.

    Any thoughts as to what this might be ?

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  3. Ross

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    Lookin good. That is some nice LR you got there an I see some shrooms are still hanging on.

    I remember sitting for hours with my wife when we were cycling our tank and every night we would find something else to be amazed at. Wo says the cycle phase is boring :)
     
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    wow man fantastic live rock that
     
  5. Apollo

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    Thanks Ross,

    Yip, indeed the cycle is anything but boring.
    Just hope that most of the soft corals, shrooms & fanworms survive the cycle.:p
     
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    most of those things will survive the cycle. In my tank i didnt see any die off of the things you mention.
     
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    Cool beans ! Well, in that case I'm looking forward to growing a successful reef !
    Still approx 4 weeks to go before my CUC goes in. ( Water parameters permitting of course)

    Then some corals and then perhaps one or two small fishes. :thumbup:
     
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    Looks great.The cycle is fun to watch:p
     
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    This looks like a frogs pawn of some sort.
     
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    Thanks Mek,

    The "thingy" seems to open and close like an anemone. It mainly opens when the lights are off and at night.

    Does frogspawn also open and close ?
     
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    how is the seio blowing for you?
     
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    Not too bad thanks Lanzo.
    Will have to wait till tomorrow to see how much of the substrate has shifted.

    Flow is much better and the critters on my LR don't seem to mind.:thumbup:
     
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    Try looking at "strawberry jewel anemone"......
     
  14. Apollo

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    Thanks jaquesb,

    I was actually just busy looking at jewel anemones on the web.
    Seems to be the closest resemblence to what my critter looks like.

    Just a question though : I have probably at least 6 of these on my LR ( Those that I can see at least) in varying shades of red , orange & pink.

    Is there a concern in terms of these anemones taking over the tank ? (i.e. would they pose a threat to corals and livestock ?)
     
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    Anemone's can sometimes (some more than others) propogate by either sexual mating or splitting. So - it is indeed possible that they will become more, but these specific anemone's tend NOT "take over" tanks...... (if our synopsis are correct about the species). So - their growth should not be NEARLY as rapid as ie. aptaisia, nor majano.....

    You are actually QUITE lucky to get a tropical species of these nemmies - I have ONLY seen them (in the wild) in the Cape....
     
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    Hi all,

    Water parameters as of this morning:

    Temp = 27 deg C ( It's boiling hot in JHB !)
    pH= 8.4
    KH = 9
    Nitrite = 0 (very close to it)
    Nitrate = 15
    Ammonia = 0.1
    PO4 = 0

    Ammonia appearas to have peaked last week and is now coming down. Nitrates are still rising though.

    Lots of light brown algea starting to grow everywhere. Top rocks are almost covered in it.
    Temperature swings in the tank from 26-27 deg on a daily basis, and sometimes higher (28 deg max) due to the heat outside. Even the fans are having little effect on cooling the tank down below 27 deg most of the time.
     
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    HI Apollo

    How are you doing with controlling your temp?

    I have hooked up nice little chiller to my tank and in yesterdays blistering temps, my tank temp only went up to 27.1.

    Cheers
     
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    Don't worry Apollo, I will take some off your hands if they get too much......... :razz:
     
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    Peanut,

    Sofar no big issues with tank temperature, which is actually quite amazing considering the hot weather we've been having.
    I guess the big overhead fan takes care of the temperature just fine for now.

    The tank temp stays fairly constant at 27 deg. Occassionaly though it creeps up to 28 and then I just open the hood for 20min or so.

    Must invest in a chiller though for next season.

    My bigger issue right now is ensuring I have backup power for the pumps and heater, in case of load shedding. Busy sorting out a power source though. :p
     
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    Please let me know what you end up doing. That will be my next investment for the tank.

    Any ideas for a UPS used for home computer? I have a spare one lying around and not sure what to do with it........
     
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    Peanut,

    A UPS is not ideal. It will only provide backup power for approx 15min depending on the type. I'm looking at buying a 300W inverter and hooking this up to a small battery. In this way, when the power fails the inverter draws power off the battery and converts into AC current to power pumps & heater.

    Makro sells a 300W inverter for approx R 600. Depending on the type of battery you buy , you will be paying approx R 250 - R 300 for a decent battery.

    All that is left to do is to design a little "mains failure switchover circuit" and hey presto !... You have power for at least 8hrs.(pumps & heater only)

    I'll let you know once I have completed my alternate power source .:thumbup:
     
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