Switching from fresh water to marine


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tank is coming along nicely, I would still wait a few more weeks and test the water inbetween so as to asses the situation of the cycle on a tank this size before adding any fish
I just have to be patient.

I did add some live rock and i just need to find half a cup of live sand somewhere.

So far she is looking good. I saw there were quite a few pods on the live rock so hopefully they will assist with th cycle.
 

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So I did some tests again,

No movement on the parameters, they are all giving me the same reading. However, i saw some diatom algae bulbs forming and some brown spots all over the live rock and sand bed.

Ammonia- 0
Nitrite- between 20 and 50 ppm.
Nitrate- between 0.2 and 0.5 ppm

Snails, pods, star fisg, live rock and all the living critters that came with the piece of live rock are still alive and they are getting more and more. Some calcium growth on the piece of live rock.

Confused as to the next steps. I am still amazed at the fact that there has been zero ammonia, yet high levels of NO2 and NO3.

Could this be because of the size of the tank?
 

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Ammonia is breaking down to Nitrite...so thats a good thing. Just need to wait untill Ammonia and Nitrite is 0 then you good to go
 

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Just added this little guy,

He started cleaning the sand and the chomping away on the diatom.

The turbo just burrowed and disappeared, prob just feeling insecure.

So far it has ben 24h and they are extremely happy.

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I ran into a few problems...

Lights, return pump volumes ( 1 return pump failing and the other 10k L/h making noise) and yes the tech was old the ballasts failing.

I splurged.

I got a 15k L/h super silent return pump.
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Two new lights and a refugium light.

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And then two sets of blowers.

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I tried to get a new skimmer but no one has a 4k L one in stock.... bumber.

Hopefully I will have less equipment issues now.
 
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they will probably work. I've seen plenty people complaining that their pumps start in reverse after power failures etc. I guess its up to you what you want to do.
 

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So it has been almost 3 weeks since my last update.

I left he tank to just run and did nothing. Further to this I modiefied the plumbing on the fly and added mounted filter socks, lifted those crappy skimmers a bit higher. (Well they were just making this fizzy water and no bubbles.)

After leaving the tank and going abroad for work I got back with the following:

The corals I bought, just to test... thriving I am surprised!
Both hermits flourishing and growing, cleanup shrimp thriving, multi coloured sea urchin chomping away.

Skommer, working beautifully, thick foam collecting crap.

Ammonia = 0
Nitrite dropped to 0.1 and nitrate dropped to 2.5. That went from off the charts to almost gone.

I have this multi coloured bloom which is quite beautiful. Tell me what you guys think. This is uncharted territory for me! @Dexter, with loadshedding, the Pumps started fine. Been behaving.



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New update guys. So I have been able to successfully run my aquarium.

It is now month 3. I had a diatom bloom, Pink slime, and an algae bloom. This has now started to decrease. The bacterial bloom causing cloudiness has started to subside and I added chaeto.

My corals are growing. I haven't lost a single fish. All parameters stabilized.

I had to modify my return jets because they created too much flow and my one anemone started hiding inside the rocks. I had to build my own spray bar. I also purchased this secondhand skimmer which will resolve my problem I have currently... skimmers are way too small.

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New update guys. So I have been able to successfully run my aquarium.

It is now month 3. I had a diatom bloom, Pink slime, and an algae bloom. This has now started to decrease. The bacterial bloom causing cloudiness has started to subside and I added chaeto.

My corals are growing. I haven't lost a single fish. All parameters stabilized.

I had to modify my return jets because they created too much flow and my one anemone started hiding inside the rocks. I had to build my own spray bar. I also purchased this secondhand skimmer which will resolve my problem I have currently... skimmers are way too small.

Some pictures :)

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Nice set up bro , did you find the pipes which you were looking for , am Ronald we met at Princes Crossing Shopping center. I need to come and see that beautiful tank kkkkkkk
 
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Hey reefboy.

Tank is huge!!!
Everything looking good... great work to you...

Nice skimmer...

Btw if you looking for a calcium reactor/aquamedic cr5000 reactor.. let me know... I have 2 and I am looking to let go of one.

PM me.
 
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