newbie cycling

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by mornewil, 13 Sep 2011.

  1. mornewil

    mornewil Morne

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    Hi guys....

    Just wanna know if my tank is cycling normal.

    Its been running for 3 weeks now.

    Sal - 1.026
    Temp - 25 deg

    My ammonia has been 0.08 every single time i tested. nitrites have never appeared neither nitrates.

    No algae has appeared.

    Is this normal?
     
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  3. crispin

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    hey morne, welcome to masa, i dont think ive welcomed you before.

    While i know this is hennies corner and i am sure he will give you some great advice i thought id chime in a little in the mean time:)

    by now (three week stage) you should be noticing some differences in the readings, although i haste to add that every tank is different based on a myrid of factors. But the fact that your test kits are not showing a differemce makes me question the test kits acuracy to be honest. What make are they and how old?

    i see that you have retreated a little into the back and beyond, but do you know any other reefers near you that you cpould compare readings with....ie test their water and see the readings you get and have them test yours using other test kits?

    having said that i still dont think you need panic too much. let nature take its course, sometimes things go slowly and some times they go fast, but generally slower is better in marines:)
     
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    morne, ive just had a look at your images so far and while that looks like a lovely tank and neat sump, i cant see any with LR and water in it....could you perhaps give us a pic of the tank with lights on, of the LR and of the skimmer cup so we can see the colour of skimate?
     
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    mornewil Thread Starter Morne

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    im just worried a bit .
    because after all the reading and research. the things thats supposed to happen
    is not....

    I got the complete Sera Marine test kit. Bought it about a month ago.
    And my skimmer isnt running yet. should it be during cycling?
    I'll upload some pics later....
     
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    mornewil Thread Starter Morne

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    Heres a pic of my tank....

    [​IMG]
     
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    mornewil Thread Starter Morne

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    Should I get more live rock?
    Hows the scaping?
    And how about my power heads. Is positioning okay?
    Those are 6000L p/h Sun Sun duo powerheads but the flow feels weak when i stick my
    hand infront of it. maybe i should get more powerfull ones.

    Opinions & advice please.
    Thanks in advance
     
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    morne i think you are stressing over the fact you have little to stress over (at the moment that is!) :) thats a lovely looking tank, well scaped and has enough LR, although personally (and thats just a personal opinion) id add a little more.

    the internal flow could be upgraded a bit, and id go with a pump like seio's or vortex if you can afford them. certainly try get a pump thats controlable to some degree as the quality ofb the flow is greatly improved. its not so much about l/h that is important with internal flow, its the way you use it that counts.

    id def get your skimmer up and going, get it tuned in and starting to skim while u are cycling.

    im a little worried about your over flow as its a relativley small area (as opposed to a coast to coast system for example) and might not take the surface skim off well enough. try use a powerhead to break the surface a little so you have good gas exchange.

    hope that helps
     
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    mornewil Thread Starter Morne

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    Cool. I also think some more rock would look better.

    On the pumps i'll look into upgrading them in time.

    Started my skimmer lastnight. It should probably still run for a while before i'll see any skimmate if im right. Cause i checked this morning & there was nothing.

    And speaking bout the overflow. I was wondering why this white cloud on my water surface doesnt clear. And now i understand it by your statement.
    Thanks...do you think the power head will make a difference if i face it to the surface?
    Or is there someway i can modify my overflow?
     
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    Nice looking set up and scaping. Remember that patience is the key to keeping marines...
     
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    Im also using this test it kit and its been working great.:)
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    wow really coming along nicely...
     
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    Agreed - looking good, and still very early days.

    Morne, IF you want to accelerate/boost the cycling (and I would suggest that you do) then just add a dead (food type) shrimp or prawn to your tank, and leave it in there for a week or two. Continue to test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate - you are virtually guaranteed to see an increase in nitrate after a few days (perhaps 2 weeks) - wait until this level has peaked, and started to drop (with "zero" ammonium and nitrites) before adding livestock.

    Good luck :thumbup:

    Hennie
     
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    mornewil Thread Starter Morne

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    Hi Guys

    Just thought after all the reading and advice received from various sources i have to share this
    with you guys.

    Currently running 7mnths with a few newbie mistakes made bt who doesnt make mistakes.





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    lovely looking tank:) any chance of a close up of the Powder Blue Tang, its hard to tell but he might be a little thin.

    thats a fairly heavily stocked tank, i hope all ure tangs live in peace with each other.
     
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    mornewil Thread Starter Morne

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    ya they have been behaving with each other. its just as i added them there was some fighting bt all is well now. cant get a close up of pb whenever i come close with the camera he moves away.
    but hes actually not thin hes nice and healthy
     
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