New tank - Day 16

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Postby atnixon » 2006-11-16 11:21

Hello All,

Just thought i would share my new tank with you all. Of course, all comments and constructive critisism on my equiptment and setup are very welcome indeed.

Tank 46 Gal
Red Sea Prism Skimmer
Maxi-Jet 1200 power heads x 2
Penn-Plax Cascade 1000 Ext Filter
300w Heater ( will be swapping this for two seperate heaters soon )
24w UV Serilizer
50 GPD Kent Marine RO Unit
20 Kg Live Rock
10 Kg Live Sand and CC
2 x 40w Marine Glow Day Tubes
1 x 15x Interpret Night Light
...Think Thats it....

The tank has been up and running for 16 days and my results are thus...

PH - 8.4
Ammonia - 0.2
NitITE = 0.0
NitRATE - 10

So, what do you all think so far.

P.S - Thanks PerfectBlue for letting me know about this site
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-11-16 11:53

I think it sounds great!

Are you using anything else appart from the live rock to help with the cycle?

What are your final plans for the tank?
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Postby atnixon » 2006-11-16 12:11

hiya KK,

I used a large raw prawn to aid the cycling process, did not want to use anything living to cycle because it aint fair...and i dont want to spend days trying to catch a damsel that dont want to be evicted....

All the sand come out of a running aquarium so it was already seeded....The combination of rock and sand has helped the cycling process no end..

Am planning on this to be just a FOWLR as its my first marine tank...when i am happy with marine keeping, i will be buying a large ( about 200 Gal ) tank and start on a reef, cus that is where i ultimatly want to be..

The only fish i will be having in here is a

Couple of Clowns
Goby
Dwarf Angel ( prob a flame )
maybe a wrasse

and then a few inverts like cleaners or peppermints...snails and maybe a sifting star for the substrate..

What do you think?

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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-11-16 13:42

No problem I'm just glad that you could be a part of this forum. I wouldn't get a Sandsifting Starfish as they get large and will eat the beneficial organisms in the sandbed. A much better alternative for a sand sifter would be Nassarius snails, they do a great job of keeping the sand stirred as well as consume detritus.

You have many options for Gobies in this size tank, but do you already have a specific species in mind?
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Postby atnixon » 2006-11-16 14:02

Hiya PB,

Well, will be having a batch of 10 Nass snails comeing to me...On the Gobies, i would like either a fire or Watchman...I think the watchman has fantastic character..

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Postby KittyKat » 2006-11-21 11:39

Any updates on the tank?
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Postby atnixon » 2006-11-21 14:36

Hey Kitty..Thanks for asking..Everything is looking good..had my first major algae bloom with the brown, but now green is really starting to take effect..i was given 10 Nass snails this morning..Was not expecting them, they got delivered by first class post from a nice friend of mine....

Well, my water results from last night were:-

PH - 8.4
Ammonia - 0.15
NitITE - 0.0
NitRATE - 10

Hopefully going in the right direction..What do you think after 19 days..

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Postby KittyKat » 2006-11-24 01:28

Will the snails survive that level of ammonia? I would have expected the readings to be lower by day 19!

I think most people on here use prawns to cycle their tanks ;)
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Postby atnixon » 2006-11-24 09:44

Hiya Kitty,

My Ammonia is now down to 0.0...I did my water tests last night..

PH - 8.4
Ammonia - 0.0
NitrITE - 0.0
NitrATE - 10
Salinity - 1.024

the snails are doing very well indeed...

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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-11-24 13:11

Congratulations, that's looking pretty good IMO.
Any photos?
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Postby atnixon » 2006-11-24 14:01

Thanks IBF..

Nothing has really changed since the photo's at the start of this post, how-ever, my first fish will be in there next weekend, so, as soon as they are settled, i shall snap a couple off and post them on here...

Looking forward to getting some swimming life in there now..

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Postby atnixon » 2006-11-24 14:04

Whilst on the subject of new additions...Am gonna be getting food prepared this week for a frozen mixture feed for the two clowns...Was over at local super market looking at fresh fish at the mongers...Does you see any problems with making up a frozen feed of Squid, raw prawns and clams? with a little veg mixed in aswell?

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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-11-24 19:28

There is no problems with feeding homemade food and in fact many marine aquarists make their own frozen mixtures to feed their tank. Shrimp, Squid, Scallops, Clams, Mussels, etc are all fine to use but make sure that it is fresh. Yeah adding Nori or spirulina flake is fine and you might even want to add a nutritional supplement such as Zoe or Selcon.
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Postby atnixon » 2006-11-24 20:45

Cheers PB...Thanks for your comments mate...Much appreciated...

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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-11-30 22:52

How is the tank doing?
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