Shiraz's Nano

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  1. ShirazA

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    Hi guys

    Ok, so the 3foot tank and sump I bought the other day has been put in storage (my dining room table). :)
    we decided that I will start with the setup only next year.
    Have some stuff to do and going away for a while at the end of the year so it will be best


    In the mean time, my wife found a used TL450 for sale that was being used for freshwater fish.

    I need some help with this please:

    1)I have tried to reassemble the protein skimmer but am almost certain either parts Re missing or I did not do something right as it does not really skim. if anyone has an assembly guide or a picture of what it should look like I will really appreciate it.

    2)Replaced the bulbs, but where do I get the blue LEDs? Can I pick up any blue 9 volt LEDs from an electronics shop?

    3)Where does the ceramic rings and bio balls etc go... I just filled them all over.... In 1st and last compartment... Also, is the carbon necessary?

    4) what do I do now while it cycles... Do I do or add anything, or just top up water

    Anyway... All of the above aside.... I got a couple kgs live rock and some RO water and playsand ( thanks for the heads up on cleaning "washed" playsand) :(

    But this is day 1of the cycle to me owning my own little piece of a reef

    The tank this morning:

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    After a day of hard labour and some TLC:

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    Water is still a bit cloudy... Pic was taken after less then 30 mins of cycling:

    [​IMG]
     
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  3. dallasg

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    Nice start, I find the secret to nano's is letting the cycle start and dose bacteria. For tanks less than 150L I use prodibio bioclean salt
     
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    Hi Shiraz. Could you clarify, you have RO but did you mix the salt and check the salinity yet?
     
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    ShirazA

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    Hi Bendor. Bought the premixed water. Have not checked anything yet.... Will get a test kit the weekend unless it is critically important to have before
     
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    ShirazA

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    Ok so the rock in the from has hair like algae ( good or bad?)

    Just saw a small white work crawl around on the 1 rock before swimming/being blown around the tank ans settling on and crawling into another rock ( good or bad?)

    Some of the rocks have little white dots (good or bad?)

    Please excuse my ignorance :)

    If any of the above is bad - what do I do about it?
     
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    First don't panic, tank is new, let it stand for 2-3 weeks and get the cycle done, get seachem stability it will help
     
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    Thanks Dallasg. Will get the sachem stability. Not in a hurry to do anything right now.... Plan to leave it for at least a month to 6 weeks before adding any livestock

    Just wanted to know if it was good or bad.....
     
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    Seachem stability is a must. Used it in my nano. Check in the forum part under the Boyu section there is a lot of info regarding what goes where in the back compartments. I did it like they said in those forums and my TL450 ran great. I think carbon is very important but have a look there.
     
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    ShirazA

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    [​IMG]Ok so first occupants entered

    2 cleaner shrimp

    Isn't it a beaut?

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    They are gorgeous! :)
     
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    ShirazA

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    Omg. The 1 just shed its shell I front of me

    Will try to get a pic. New color is so much brighter

    Do I take the old shell out?
     
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    ShirazA

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    Thank you :)
     
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    How old is the tank, has it been cycling for one week? Those shrimp are great
     
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    ShirazA

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    Hi

    Tank has been cycling for 4 weeks and I have been using seachem stability daily for the last week to speed things up
     
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    What substrate are u using ??
     
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    Playsand
     
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