Tank Update

Discussion in 'New Members' started by cdupreez, 30 Jun 2009.

  1. cdupreez

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    Hi crispin, jacquesb & Tobes,

    Hope you guys are well! My cycle time has passed! Will test my water again this weekend and update water par. with some photo's as well.

    I'm slowly adding my cleaning crew. My skimmer took a lot of gunk out the water but seems to make less bubbles as when it started. Is there any maintenance needed on the skimmer (Reeftek TS2)?

    Jacques your DT looks awesome man will get to crispin's and Tobes in due time.

    It's been an interesting couple of weeks and alot of reading on MASA. Only major issue was algae but sorted that out with a bigger water change than normal.

    I need to add alot more LR but will do so before a add any fish or corals.

    Lanzo is also helping me with my Nano (160l) setup so hoping to get cycling on that some time next month.

    My DT's water parameters is stable for the last three weeks but as mentioned a need more live rock, what will be the best route? Adding 20-30 Kg's at once or very little over a much longer period?

    Have some nice hitch hikers on current LR will post photo's this weekend.

    Thanks for all the advice so far!!! Much appreciated!!

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  3. Tony

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    There may be something stuck in the meshwheel of the skimmer. You can take the pump apart and clean it out. There could also be nothing to skim as your cycle may be almost over and you don't have a high bio load
     
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    Cool I'll take it apart 2night. Thanks for the help Tony! And may I add that you have an amazing setup and congrats on you TOTM Award you deserve it!
     
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    keep us posted
     
  6. Tony

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    Thanks for the compliment. If you find your skimmer clean it could just be that you have little to skim as the tank just has LR and no fish or inverts to pollute the tank
     
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    we like pics :)
     
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  9. RUAN

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    yhe pics
     
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    Hi there, glad to hear you waited the cycle :thumbup:

    on the skimmer, I think Tony got you covered - tend to lean towards there is nothing to skim.

    Adding all that live rock might start a small cycle again on the tank. Depends if it's cured rock or not.
    Not cured - cure in a remote bin with a skimmer and pump and do regular water changes for 4 weeks or so in the bin.

    Otherwise, blow the rock in old tank water (when doing a normal water change) with a pump or turkey baster decently and add a piece every 2 weeks or so to not cause a big ammonia spike should there be die-off on the rock. Also don't add more fish and inverts during this stage seeing that there are a cleanup crew in your tank already.

    If the rock comes from an established system and has been in a tank with livestock for a couple months, I see no threat to add them all at once - if done immediately and even acclimatized as there might be some sensitive life on the rocks that you don't want to lose :)

    If you don't know where the rock comes from or how old it is etc, treat as uncured ;)
     
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    thats great to hear :) well done so far. Sounds like Tobes and Tony have your questions well covered :)

    what are your plans in the long run with the tank? do you like mixed corals or do you prefer the lps and softies rout? what sort of fish are you looking at getting, when its time to stock her up ?:)

    what sort of hitchikers have you seen? some can be good and others are good to put in the sump, so try get us a pic and we can do some ID if you arent already sure what thet are:)
     
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    pics please
     
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    That sounds really GREAT cdupreez! Awesome that you are being so patient. Yes - a skimmer does require cleaning. BUT, it could also be that as your tank is getting closer to the end of the cycling period, you don't have any more "gunk" (DOC's/POC's) to skim out of the water....

    Perhaps try and VERY LIGHTLY stir the top +-1cm of your sand bed.... you should see a bit of detritus come out. Then, your skimmer will start working again.
    Also - use either a turkey baster, or a loose power-head, and blow a water stream on the live rock that you currently have.....

    There should be a "white/grey'ish" "dust-like" substance released into the water column - the tank-water will look "milky" for about 40 minutes or so....

    This will ensure that your live rock is clean. Repeating this as part of your maintenance process, will also assist in ensuring that you never suffer from nuisance macro algae....

    Good luck! And show us some pics, please? ;)
     
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    Hey Guys,

    Some update pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
     
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    where are the pics
     
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    having some problems....................
     
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    looking good man some sump pics please
     
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