What to do next?

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  1. Papitto

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    Okay, so my build is complete and LR is cycling tank (well I'm assuming so). No algae or diatoms present after a week. Only activity is lots of brown tubes with tiny fans coming out the top... one with 10mm diameter fan came out last night. Have not tested any parameters yet. Don't wanna waste my kits yet.
    Saw some kind of pod running around on sand, then a day later, saw empty skin/shell???

    Now I would like to know, do I need to add a CUC next? Fish? Softies? LPS(easy Photo synthetic sp)...

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    just wait a few more weeks. Depending on the quality of your rock.

    The skin is hopefully just ta pod that moulted.
     
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    Hey Papitto, What I would suggest is maybe test your water at least once a week so you can keep track of your cycle. Once you have no ammonia and nitrate, then you can slowy start adding in clean up crew first, but remember take it slow
     
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    Okay understood. I'm used to cycling freshwater tanks though. The rock I have in the tank was taken from an very mature system. It has lots of life on it n coming out of it too. I will test this weekend. Have Red Sea test kits, hopefully accurate.
     
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    It's awesome tank man!
     
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    Hi, all i can say is trust them and wait for a couple of weeks!!!

    I waited for 2 weeks and added a snail, a hermit, a shrimp, a dottyback, 4 clowns, 2 cardanal fish and a sand sifter. All I have left now 2 months later is the sifter, hermit and the shrimp.
    The nitrites has only started to go down on Monday.
     
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    Its only been a week, give it time it will come
    I understand you have mature rock which might speed up your cycle a bit, once you have tested your parameters post it on here and we will give you an indication on how it is going.

    What is your filtration like? can you post a pic of your sump?
     
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    I have tested parameter now as follows:

    PH - 7.6, then 5 minutes later 7.5
    Temp - 25.3 to 26 range
    Ammonia - 0.0
    Nitrite - 0.0
    Nitrate - 0 mg/l

    No skimming.
    Dosing Seachem Stabilty.
    3 bags of Seachem Renew and one bag Matrix in return compartment of sump.
    Pic below.

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    Increase the sand bed in sump depth to 150mm. Add 10mm max every other day to allow critters in the sand to migrate higher.
     
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    I would say increase your salinity to 1.026, and just give it time before you add anything. it looks like nothing has happened just as yet.

    Do you have a skimmer? you should start running it now during the cycle as well
     
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    Very nice and clean setup man
     
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    Shoudn't your PH be around the 8.2 mark....
     
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    Very nice looking tank
     
  17. Papitto

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    I have a Skimz skimmer, which I havent begun runnning yet because of the cycle?
    Can I raise the salinity using the drip method? Or what do you suggest?
     
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    can use saltwater for your ATU.
     
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    Ideal Parameters of Aquarium Salt water


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    PH Range 8.0-8.3
    Specific Gravity ( salinity ) 1.020-1.025
    Nitrate optimum = 0
    Ammonia 0 (zero)
    Nitrite 0 (zero)
    Temperature 75-81F
    Calcium 380-450ppm
    Strontium 5-15ppm
    Carbonate Hardness ( alkalinity ) 7-11dKH

    I'm currently using this chart...tell me if I'm wrong
     
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    if i may chime in here...
    it all depends on which way you want to run your tank...
    by the looks of the sump this is a traditional DSB + Berlin setup, which skimmer? so you will have to wait the weeks for the cycle to do its thing, you can look at prodibio etc which do speed up things but you need to run as prescribed...

    If this is your first venture in marines, take it slow, learn the biology and science of the hobby and go from there, also read the links in my sig.
     
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    I don't want to fiddle too much with the way it's running now. I have a Skimz sm121 which is rated up to 750L.
    I begun dosing special blend (that smells like stink bombs in my living area pheeeww). That's all I will be adding in while it cycles. I have pods multiplying in the tank so I think I'm on track?
    Will use saltwater as my ATU until my salinity sits at 1.026. PH, I'm not going to buffer it for now, will see where I am once the salinity is adjusted.
     
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