Rowan's Tank

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  1. Rowan

    Rowan

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    Hi Guys,

    Ive been a member for a while and thought it was about time to contribute.

    I started off with a 180l tropical tank that I ended up drilling a hole in for an overflow.

    This is where I have got to so far.

    4x t5's
    1x Octo DNW110 Skimmer
    2x Power heads
    1x Phosban Reactor
    1x 2ft sump with deep sand bed and culerpa with a power compact
    +-20kg live rock


    I have attached some pictures although not much to look at compared to some of the tanks on here.

    I am having a problem with some red hair type algae, would be grateful if anyone has any suggestions with regards to this.

    Thanks,

    Cheers Rowan
     

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  3. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Hi, nice tank, what is the little crab like thing on the 'shroom?

    Also do you test? and if so what are the results it may help to find the cause of the algae?

    Your yellow tang looks a bit thin, is he eating ok?

    Sorry for so many questions.
     
  4. Rowan

    Rowan Thread Starter

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    It's an Anenome crab it seems to have a symbiotic relationship of sorts with the Anenome.It never strays away from it at all.

    I do test and all results are well within limits.

    The Yellow Tang is a very new addition (arrived on Saturday) and has not found his Sea Veggies as yet so he is looking quite thin. He is also fairly shy.

    No problem about questions it's good to get a new look at things.
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Oops on closer inspection i realise it's not a shroom but a nem:blushing:
     
  6. Tridan

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    welcome rowan nice pics
     
  7. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Nice setup Rowan.why dont you got to www.photobucket.com and upload your pictures there and then click on the image tab once the pic is uploaded and simply paste here.
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Very nice Rowan. :thumbup1:
     
  9. Rowan

    Rowan Thread Starter

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    Cool will try the photobucket thing next time. Thanks Mekaeel
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looking good..............
     
  11. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Nice looking tank there, Rowan! You say your parameters are all "ok" - if you don't mind, would you still please post them? (Ammonia/nitrites/nitrates/phosphates - especially phosphates)....

    Many thanks.
    Jacques
     
  12. Rowan

    Rowan Thread Starter

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    Hi Jacques,

    I tested last night again.

    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 0.4
    Ammonia 0.08
    PH 8.4
    KH 8
    Magnesium 1320
    Calcium 360
    Specific Gravity1.024
    I dont have a Phosphate test kit but when it was tested last weekend by my Local LFS it was untraceable.

    I did an imediate 25% water change to try and drop Ammonia and Nitrate. I will test again tonight to see what result this has achived.

    Luckly I have 210L water RO water system set up.

    I was wondering if my problems are not related to my skimmer as I constantly battle to get it to skim properly, it is either way to wet or nothing at all which results in quite a lot of suspended media not being removed from the system as soon as possible.

    My overflow goes directly to the skimmer and from the skimmer on to the refuge.
    So far I am not overly happy with my Skimmers performance, I have looked at all the obvious. Ie: Venturie hole is clear. Pump runs free.

    It is rated at up to 500L capacity so should cope very easily.
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    Hi Rowan - did you already say which skimmer do you have? Perhaps another reefer living close to you can assist with your skimmer??
    Perhaps the water level is not good enough inside your skimmer? Have you tried cleaning your skimmer's air-pipe out already? Or perhaps tried cleaning out your pump supplying the air to the skimmer? Or alternatively try to clean the skimmer using vinegar?

    I think your ammonia levels is the MOST likely cause of the issue you are experiencing....
     
  14. Rowan

    Rowan Thread Starter

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    The Skimmer is a Reef Octo DNW110

    I have looked at all you have mentioned.
    I droped the level of the output in order to increase the area available for bubbles within the skimmer hoping to make it easier to control. But its not much better. I have also looked at the needle wheel and that seemed fine, although twice when i have turned the power to the pump off it has not restarted and I have had to fiddle with it to get it to go again.
     
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    Rowan Thread Starter

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    So I got home and the skimmers pump is completely cooked. What to do about that on a saterday?
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Definatly nutrient related, could be the skimmer not skimming properly, another reason for a red algae is overdosing iodine. Are you adding iodine at the moment? Sorry about the skimmer, what size pump does it have?
     
  17. Rowan

    Rowan Thread Starter

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    Went back to Local LFS this am and they swoped my pump for me as the old one was only 3 months old. So its running again. Not doseing iodine at all so hopefully its nutrient.
    Also rechecked Nitrate and it is down to <1ppm and ammonia is down to 0,05ppm

    So it looks like another water change is in order to bring that down a bit more, am hoping that the skimmer helps now as it seems to be working a bit better.
     
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