Please Advise

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  1. Zahed

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    Hi All

    Thanks for all the welcomes. I purchased my tank last week (Boyu 550) and maybe regretting not going custom built. However I think it may be great to learn on and then when I am ready go for a bigger custom made.

    I added fine crushed coral approximatley (3 cm deep) and half filled my tank and added more bone coral so the total depth of the floor (including the fines are 6.5 - 8 cm). Thereafter I added some live rock and topped up the remainding water. Tested the water and adjusted the SG for 48 hours after which I have added some mature rock and intend leaving cycling for the next 2 months. My questions are;

    1. Have I gone about the intial setup correctly ?
    2. Should I test everyday, and if yes, what parameters,
    3. What do I use for top up water. Is RO water the only accepptable water or can I add still water which I have adjusted pH, alkalinity and SG.
    4. Please could anyone email me a list for daily, weekly and monthly maintenance.
    5. Where when I need to purchase Livestock and mature rock should I go to. Live in JHB south.
    6. Where can I get test kits, affordable ?
    Any additional advise would be great.
     
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  3. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    See the answers in blue.

    Hope these help.

    How much live rock do you have?

    What do you plan on keeping once your tank has cycled?
     
  4. Zahed

    Zahed Thread Starter

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    Thanks alot much appreacited
     
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    Zahed Thread Starter

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    Sorry butcherman... live rock about 25 - 30 kg. will post pics shortly
     
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    I added fine crushed coral approximatley (3 cm deep) and half filled my tank and added more bone coral so the total depth of the floor (including the fines are 6.5 - 8 cm).

    I would have left the 3cm of fine crushed coral in and not topped it up, but i think fron 12cm the bed might become a DSB , unless 8cm can do it ( mayby some one else can input )
     
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    Remember to top up with RO water only with a TDS of 0-5.
    Not salt water as only water evaporates, not the salt.
    You don't need to adjust anything on it, just add it into the tank slowly.
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  8. Zahed

    Zahed Thread Starter

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    In terms of my stocking, I am looking at cycling the tank for another 3 weeks so my list will change based on all your valued input. My wish list however is

    1 x blue leg hermit
    1 x blue boxing shrimp
    and 6 community fish
    Need help on comunity fish >>>
     
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    Green chromis x 2
    Midas blennie x 1
    scoota gobie x 1
    Small sail fin, exchange when too big.
    Jumping bean x 1

    And kinda in that order.
     
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