Newbie to marine please help :)

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  1. Lparisi

    Lparisi

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    Hello everyone

    I am new to the whole marine environment, I have a 400l setup with about 10kg of Fiji live rock in my tank its been cycling for about two months now. I leave my light on for 7 hours a day and the temp is about 25.5 degrees. There are no fish or corals or live corals in the tank so far.

    I have noticed that on the back of the glass where I have a black background there is lots of brown patches of algae forming should I clean it off? I also see tiny tiny white things moving around over its almost like they are eating it is this good lol?

    My tank also evaporates often, so I used filtered tap water from a water purifier in my house I leave the water to stand for a few days as well just to be sure there is absolutely no chlorine left in the water is this fine to top up the tank with in-between water changes?

    Your help would be very appreciated so please comment :)
     
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  3. MistaOrange

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    Those little white thingies are amphipods & are good to have, I wouldn't stress as your tank is still young & will go through it's cycle which does take a number of months & it's good to see someone actually going through the cycling process. Also another thing you don't need your lights on during the cycling process as that can encourage hair algae growth.


    I've had my new tank running from the begining of the year & struggled with GHA but then I started to fight algae with algae & added some cheatomorpha to my sump & caulerpa in the DT but you can add the caulerpa in the sump too if you don't want it in the tank.

    BTW welcome to the forum...
     
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    Hallo and welcome.
    Waht does your filtration consist of?
    Just make sure that your TDS (Total desolved solids) reading of your purified water is close to 0. Otherwise you are putting to much nutrients in your water through the purified water.
    I agree that you must swich the lights off until your tank is cycled.

    All the best for the future.
     
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    leave it. It is food for the copepods.

    And if you got some algae already growing, you cannot now leave the lights off. The algae will die and also be part of the cycle issue, plus removing the food for the copepods. Can shorten to 5 hours maybe.
     
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    At 2 months you should be able to take your water to an lfs to test and see if you cycle is complete and if you can add fish. Best advice I can give yours to be patient and stock slowly. If you are unsure ask like you have here. The guys here arepassionateand have years of experience
     
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    I would rather use RO water. You going to battle with algae issues using filtered tap water.
     
  8. Lparisi

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    Hi guys :) thanks for the replies so great to see a nice quick response I really do appreciate it! I will take the advice into mind and use it wisely :)

    My tank setup consists of:
    350l main tank
    100l sump
    Odyssea dual T5 lighting
    Eheim 300 Jager heater
    Reeftek TS1 Skimmer
    Atman PH3500 pump
    Sunsun vibration pump
    Filtration media: bioballs sponge and some live rock

    That's the setup equipment so far :)

    I also notice some patches of green algae growing on the live rock with some small strings growing out from it I hope its not bad news sigh :(
     
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    Where in the Western Cape are you based?
     
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    Welcome to MASA
     
  11. Lparisi

    Lparisi Thread Starter

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    Im in Cape Town Snoek
     
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    hi and welcome to the forum. i may be wrong here but the moment you start stocking your skimmer is going to work extremely hard. it is very small for the volume of water. please try either adding an additional one or upgrading it at least bud. less problems
     
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