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  1. spentacle

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    Hi all
    Decided to shutdown my tank about 4 months ago. Rushed into it like two years ago. Didn't set it up the way I wanted and battled with filamentas and cyano. So just got rid of all my fish and coral. Then went into the pet shop again and the bug bit again. So I decided to start fresh and slowly. Still got all the equipment. So here goes.
    Setup up so far
    Dt 1.2x450x450
    Dsb 900x300x300
    Flow 1x seio 6000l/h
    1x sunsun 3000l/h
    1x sunsun 5000l/h
    Return is a lifetech 1000l/h ( hoping to upgrade this oneday when got some money)
    Lighting
    2x t5 54 watt white not sure of the Kalvin rating I think 16k
    1x lifeglo t5 54watt
    2x reeftek 20k t5 54watt
    1xreeftek actinic also not sure of the Kalvin rating
    1x skimmer not sure of the model hoping to get a ts1 when I'm big
    Got about ten kgs of live rock which I sun baked and jik'd.
    Filled the Dt and Dsb with live sand from the local beach.
    I filled it with water on Friday and have left the lights off. Been treating it with microbacter7 to try get a healthy colony of bacteria growing. In my overflow box I have my carbon and some fluval as well.
    It's only been a few days and I am already getting over waiting.
    So what do you guys think. Am I doing alright so far any comments would be great.
    Will add pics soon
     
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    Cool, at least you have yours up and running. Tag
     
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    Souds pretty interesting, gud luck with ur project!
     
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    It's running yes but have to wait six weeks till I can do anything including turning on the lights. Damn Im so impatient.
     
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    Thanks mauritius aquarist
     
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    Welcome back into this hobby

    wow, overkill. First time I hreard somebody using jik on the EX liverock. Just be sure that you rinse these super well. The rock should be completely dead. So not sure how that will effect your cycle process, as there is nothing to cycle with. Yes you surely needs some microbactor7.

    Maybe, go to your LFS and get yourself 2 or 3 small pieces of really live rock. From the bottom of their holding tanks. Some rock that can introduce some variety of life, like worms and copepods into your system. You got none of these, only the bacteria from the Microbactor7.
     
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    Ya the rock had some nasty gha on it didnt want it again so I nuked the rock. Washed in fresh water and then scrubbed it with a scrubbing brush in fresh water s it should be cool. I'm waiting for the lfs here to get some live rock in then gonna buy a kg or 3.
     
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    Full tank photo
     
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    spentacle

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    nevermind the image uploader dont work will try some other time
     
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    Okay lets try this in another browser.
    Full tank shot
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    DSB and Skimmer 15674cf350d2ecc49.jpg
     
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    Some in habitants so far. 15674cf3510b5eb04.jpg 15674cf3511fcd08a.jpg 15674cf3513b74a78.jpg 15674cf351569fa00.jpg 15674cf35171edfdc.jpg 15674cf3518bc5f47.jpg 15674cf351a36d900.jpg
     
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    Looking good, you might want to try and reduce those bubbles from the water entering the tank, they may cause salt creep to build up on your lights and inside your hood.
     
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    the sand in the DSB looks very coarse to me
     
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    Thanks viper357 ya started noticing that and added a short piece of clear pipe to each outlet so they are in the water. So no more bubbles.
     
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    Cool. How's the bicolour blenny, has he found himself a hole to live in? I love the way they reverse themselves into their little holes and have just their head poking out checking out the goings on in the tank. :)
     
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    thanks Junz. It is roughly the same as the sand i bought from the lfs. Was a bit nervous at first cause its from our local beach. Some of the guys are using it as well and has worked for them. So thought id give it try. if it doesnt work i will change it. So far my water parameters have been fine.
     
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    He is an awesome little guy. I got him from a friend and the only way we could get him to my tank was in his rock. i dig the way he eats algae off the glass.
     
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    So I'm keen to add an ats to the system but some of the sites that I have looked at say that you should wait 4 months before add one. What ae your views on this theory. Really like the ats idea.
     
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    Looking gr8t man, U have to take it slow, it will pay off in future.
     

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