New Tank - Cycle Period & Algae Bloom

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  1. Express Reef

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    Hi,

    I`m totally new to the reef setup. I started my tank on the 17th of November and it is cycling now for almost 3weeks. I got a DSB with 40kg of live rock. I had a diatom bloom for about 3 days, the brown diastoms dissapeared and turned into this hairy green algae and red algae... looks like air bubbles forming on my life rock... is this normal???

    Can anyone tell me what to expect in the next few weeks... what to do and not to do??? When can I start to get a clean up crew and how fast can I put them into the tank???

    Tank 1200 x 600 x 600

    use RO water only... no tap water
     
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    Can you post some pic's of you'r Set-up and give some info on the lighting,etc....the length of time you run it...info on pumps...maybe to little flow and some "dead-spots"...so please post some pic's and info so that we can help steer you in the right direction....:)
     
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    Post some pic's with more info & I'm sure you'll lot of help.
     
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    Hi there, check my thread in my signature. I have just completed the cycle and added the first livestock. Mine cycled for about 6 weeks, has diatoms then GHA, no cyano though. It will go away as long as your filtration is maturing. Try adding some bacteria (prodibio/stability) this will help with reducing the time for the GHA to dissapear. As your Nitrogen cycle goes through the different phases, the different algaes appear and dissapear. GHA is fed primarily with nitrate and phosphate and is a good indicater that your system is maturing. If you can be patient just a little longer you willbe well rewarded with a nice stable system.

    Then when stocking, again, take it slow and steady and research and decide what you want to keep before you add... don't just throw stuff willy nilly and hope for the best.

    Hope this helps ;)
     
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    Hi there, not sure if I welcomed you before, if not, then welcome to MASA. I suggest you read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank, awesome info on tank cycle, lighting, fitration, etc ;)
     
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    Why don't you put the heater in the sump?

    Pics of the sump please?
     
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    got plenty of light x4 T 5
    ts1 skimmer
    multimedia reactor with purigen ultimate filtration
    4x pumps for water movement
    40kg life rock, 50kg fine sand, 15kg crushed coral mix
     
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    Where is the skimmer?
     
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    I would remove the bioballs slowly and the glass partition between the sand bed and the balls and so make the sand bed area bigger. The reason is bioballs are very good to convert ammonia to nitrites and then to nitrates - but this is where their function stops. They can be used in a fish only setup with no problems. But if you wanna keep corals and invertebrates, you need to get rid of nitrates by means of a DSB, or NP pellets, or bacteria dosing, etc etc.
    I would make the changes now already before you start stocking the tank :)
     
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    Oops, forgot that part. I second that question :p
     
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    for some reason i bought 2x jagger heaters snd only got space for one heater in the sump...
     
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    Reef Teck Ts1 skimmer
     
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    Wouldn't it be better for him in the long run..if he didn't have Crushed Coral in his Tank..? Basically, in a Nutshell....The coarser the substrate, the more likely it is to trap detritus...although I do have to add that the 3mm particles should be fine but he will most likely need some power heads down low or stronger flow to make sure that nothing settles and gets trapped....:blush:
     
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    I am 107 next month so the eyes are not as sharp as they used to be. I can now see the skimmer cup lid in your first pic. :)
     
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    OK, your skimmer is WAY too deep in the sump. The outlet pipe needs to be above the water level, not below. You need to raise the skimmer so that the water level is roughly half way between the Reeftek name and the inlet pipe from the pump.
    If like this, the skimmer will be in-efficient and will not work as it's supposed to.
     
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