New tank setup

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  1. ashbeggs

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    Hi guys

    I've just finished my first marine setup as per below pics.
    Please share any problems/observations you may see which need attention.

    Also, how long should I leave the tank to cycle before I add fish?
    I used NSW, 10kg of live rock matured in an 8yr old marine tank and 20kg of live rock cured for 4months. My DSB and display tank sand is a mixture of fine river sand from the umkomaas river mouth and bought stuff from the pet shop.
    I've added calcium and some bottled bacteria "starter kit" from the pet shop.

    The only extras I'm still planning on getting is two more power heads, a moonlight light and water test kit. I haven't yet tested the water, so no ideas what it's like.
     
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    ash, any idea how safe the sand is from the Umkomaas mouth?

    With Saicor and the rural areas up river, I personaly would not take a chance
     
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    As long as possible - even though the LR is cured, you still need the "life" in the LR to multiply to a stage where they can survive the predation which will happen once you add fish. IMHO at least 2 months, but 3-4 would be much better.

    Hennie
     
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    You started great! I can see you did your reading work:thumbup:. Just as AO mentioned, how safe is the sand you are using? If I may be so bold, in my opinion try to make more caves with the live rock, there is no breathing space with the current aquascape. Caves would help fish for hiding and would decrease detritus build up and will help with algae problems, just my opinion...
     
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    Thanks for the advise guys!
    Another chap also mentioned moving the rocks, so this evening I plan on doing that. Gonna move them to the centre of the tank and spread them out more.
    Hoping to get a water test kit this weekend, so I can see what the water quality is doing.
    With regards to the Sand, Good point. Sappi does boast however that they don't pump pollutants into the water, and extensive tests have been done on their pipeline out at sea, but who knows. What things could I look for or test in the sand to know for sure?
     
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    This is how I rearranged the rocks this past weekend. Looks much better and I'm sure will work better. I'm starting to grow red algae as you can see. Do I just sit this period out or can I do something to minimise this?[​IMG]
     
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    that loks like diatoms. Just sit it out, its part of cycling and shouldnt take long to clear.
     
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    Nice progress, wait for the algae cycles to do their thing.

    What is that blue/purple stuff on some of the rocks, is it a type of sponge?
     
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    Thanks. What specific algae types, colours, will I cycle through? At the moment there's like a reddish brown algae on all the sand. and like a short browny hair algae on som rocks.

    The blue/purple stuff came on the rock. I guess it is some sort of sponge. The guy I got the rock from said to leave it on there?
     
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    Now that looks a lot better!:thumbup: Be grateful for how the tank looks now, give it 2 weeks and you won't be able to see through the glass:lol:
     
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    leave it there. just watch closely that it doesnt start dying. Did the rock come from a LFS or out an extablished tank?
     
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    I've got 10kg of rock from an established tank of 8years old. The rock with the sponge is from there.

    Then I got 20kg of rock from a guy who locally collects and cycles it for about 4months. (so he sayes)
     
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    collecting local live rock is illegal.
     
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    I'm sure it probably is. I have no idea where he gets it from. I assume its locally collected but have never met the guy and seen his setup. I don't condone the collecting of any marine species but I do know it is very previlant even amongst well known pet shops.
     
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    PLease dont support dody illegal activities. Collecting local live rock is not allowed. Selling anything that is locally collected is also illegal.
    In future rather buy from reputable dealers. If hes the type of person to collect/sell illegally im pretty sure he would lie about where he collected the rock and how long its been cycled. For all we know he collected the stuff at the sewage plant or outside a chemical factory.
     
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    All sorts :p Here's an example - Marine Aquarium Cycle - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Keep an eye on that blue sponge, if it starts to spread then you may need to get rid of it, some guys have had their tanks practically destroyed because of this stuff, but it might not be the same, just monitor it. :)
     
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    Thanks, I'll be sure to keep an eye on it.
     
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