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  1. yuma girl

    yuma girl

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    Hi fellow reefers

    I am pretty new at this, so please forgive me if i am making newby mistakes - i am learning a lot and reading way too much.. my hubby even tells me all i think about lately are my tanks.. LOL :p

    I have been into Tropical tanks for a long time now and have a 250 ltr and a 200 tropical tank with community fish in the one and larger species in another.

    NOW i was so affraid to start with the Marine Aquariums as every one has told me its a mission and a half.. but let me tell you i have been enjoying every minute of it!

    over a month ago we started a TL 450 Nano and everything went well.. but earlier this week for some reason the tank went all wacky - the heater didnt work properly, so added another heater in, skimmer was wonky and i battled to adjust the air but i think its finaly ok.. added some floss in between the carbon sponge as i find it makes it easier to filter..
    Tank temp was way too low and i lost my two cleaner shrimps and 2 leathers. Nitrates were a bit High -

    We have been runing a converted Boyu EA 80 ( 150 litre) for about 3 1/2 weeks now, and because my nano kinda crashed i have had to transfer ( of course i did aclimatise everything first ) and things are ok for now - been 5 days. '

    I tested the params last night and this is what its at

    TL 450 specs
    PH - 8
    Nitrates - 25
    Salt - 1.028
    Calcium - 500
    Temp 25 c
    about 3 kgs of aragonite and about 3 kgs live rock
    2 x true percula clowns

    EA 80 specs
    PH 8
    Nitrates 0
    Salt 1.028
    Calcium 480
    temp 26.5 c
    about 10 kgs live sand
    about 10 kgs live Fiji rock
    3 x blue legged hermit crabs
    1 x red legged hermit crab
    1 x camel back shrimp
    1 x bristle star fish
    1 x Kupang Damsel
    1 x Maroon Clown
    1 x Turbo Snail
    1 x Midas Blenny
    1 x Lawnmower Blenny
    1 x Bangaai Cardinal
    1 x Yuma Ricordea
    1 x Large rock of Zoa's
    1 x sleeper gold head goby

    I would appreciate any comments and assistance.. i am going to take pics tonight to post :thumbup:

    oh and just for info - i havent added all this in one shot...
     
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  3. casperman

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    Hi

    I believe that your salinity is a bit high.
    I aim for 1.024 myself .

    Your calcium is also creeping up . This might all point to a regime of topping up with pre mix saltwater and not R.O water .

    Do you dose with a calcium product ?
     
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    Hi

    I think pics of your setup might help as well
     
  5. yuma girl

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    Hi thank you for the feedback - i am going to do a water change with RO water.. i mix my own RO water with salt but i think that i may be putting in slightly too much..

    will get the hang of dosing it better i hope.. any any advise??

    i am going to do a 10% water change on the 150 ltr tomorrow too.

    i have been adding calcium every second day last week to push up the calcium as it was too low and the LFS told me to add one teaspoon diluted in the tank water every second day for a week.

    Not adding any more at this stage.

    going to add pics of the setup soon though..

    i discovered last night that my Ric Yuma has made two small babies ! so amped

    will take pics of that too.

    thx for your help.. :thumbup:
     
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    Slightly elevated, when you do wc, use water thats @ 1.020 and monitor untill you reach your target.
    1.026 is acceptable.

    Your calcium is at the upper limits. do you know your ALK and Mg values.

    What filtration equipment do you have.

    We would love to see your tank and your Ric!
     
  7. yuma girl

    yuma girl Thread Starter

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    Hi Butcherman

    I dont have a sump so : here goes

    The 150 lt is running on the overflow with ceramic rings and floss and bio balls at the out put end,
    inside the tank i am running a UV pump and a Boyu WG 428 internal skimmer ( pumps 200l /ph) and i have a sunsun power head as well inside the tank.

    I have one white and one blue light
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Sounds like you have the basics covered.

    How about a picture of your display tank.
     
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    Hi Yuma girl .

    I am not a very keen supporter of bio balls and ceramic rings .
    I believe that life rock is way more effective .

    Do you have any life rock in your system ?

    How do you test for salinity ?
     
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    Hi Casperman

    I have about 10 kgs of Fiji live rock in my tank. and also about 10 kgs live sand.

    i test my salt with a Hydrometer and once every two weeks i get it done at the LFS with a refractometer.
     
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    With NO3 at 0 id say your filtration is spot on for your tank! :thumbup:
     
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    Hi

    I believe a refractometer is an awesome investment to make .

    I can not life without mine .

    I agree with Butcerman that your filtration is spot on .

    We want pics !
     
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    hydrometer is also very accurate. But a refractometer is nice to have
     
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    All sounds good, just those two parameters that are a bit high, but the guys have helped you out on that, looking forward to seeing some pics. :)
     
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    Hey Yuma girl. As Casperman mentioned, do you use RO only for evaporation top ups or salt mix? You must use salt mix for water changes cause you remove salt water so you must add saltwater again. With evaporation only fresh water evaporates, the salt stays behind, so you must only top up with RO if the water level drops due to evaporation.
     
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    Investing in a refractometer is 1 of the best things you could do for your tank,and suggest changes should be done slowly over 3/4 days.
     
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    Thanks guys - helps alot and yes i do top ups with RO only - but i think my main problem with salinity comes from me mixing in too much when i do my water changes ..

    pictures to follow this evening..
     
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    BY the way - any one have any advise about corals - i am thinking of adding a frog spawn this week end... thoughts??
     
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    If parameters are stable, then go for it. Frogspawns are fairly hardy and look good in any tank.
     
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    Also remember to mature your newly mixed water for a day - for pH and other parameters to settle, get the temp the same as tank and check spesific gravity.
     
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    yuma girl Thread Starter

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    Ok cool thanks Tobes for the advice on letting the water mature. I wasn't doing that. Will mix it tonight to change water tomorrow!
     
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