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Old 12-23-2012, 03:29 PM   #21
 
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Live rock and Sand!!

I bought live rock (10 lbs of manmade for $3.99 a pound) and sand (40 lbs) yesterday and added them. Ill get some "real reef" rock later for $5.99/lb.. I thought I rinsed the sand enough but I guess not. My tank looked like mud for a few hours. While I waited I glued Velcro on the drawers to this desk and hid the sump. The drawers pull right off now. My salinity is holding at .026. And now I wait.... here are some pix
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:18 PM   #22
 
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Water test

I dont have a saltwater test kit yet but the freshwater API kit has pH Nitrite and ammonia.
High Range pH= 8.2
Nitrite= 0ppm
Ammonia= 0.50ppm
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:25 PM   #23
 
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I dont have a saltwater test kit yet but the freshwater API kit has pH Nitrite and ammonia.
High Range pH= 8.2
Nitrite= 0ppm
Ammonia= 0.50ppm
No the same. The SW card is different, so they don't even read the same.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:28 PM   #24
 
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Update

Happy New Year Everyone!
Thanks for the info RM, I didnt even think to google that

MY SW test kit is on its way. In the mean time, my refractometer came in and totally blew this oceanic POS away. Turns out my water was really at 1.032 not 1.025. Since then ive corrected my levels and produced about 15 gallons of saltwater for changes in the process.

I added a Hydor Koralia Nano Water Pump 240 GPH Aquarium Circulation Pump. I also found an old Seio M820 820 GPH pump in my box of old parts. It makes a little buzz noise but it definitely circulates the water. Is this overkill combined with the Koralia?
Here are specs
Seio: Taam Seio M820 Super Flow Pump/Powerhead

Koralia:
Amazon.com: Hydor Usa Inc AHYP29101 3.5-Watt Koralia Nano Water Pump 240 GPH Aquarium Circulation Pump: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Hydor Usa Inc AHYP29101 3.5-Watt Koralia Nano Water Pump 240 GPH Aquarium Circulation Pump: Pet Supplies

My light came in. It looks bulky compared to my stock hood light fixture. I also thought id be able to fit two of these at some point, that's not going to happen. The pictures on Amazon are deceiving. Pix include the old light, new light, and just actinic on.

I think ive got some growth on some of this coral already. Its red whatever it is.

Salt is stable at 26-27 .. should I lower it?

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:41 PM   #25
 
Your Salinity is at 35ppt, and or 1.027. No higher. I'd try for 1.025-1.026, your not in any danger though, so don't panic.
The Reds you see are some Cyano, some Coralline Red Algae.
Throw some Cheato in that sump. Use Egg Crate to seperate it from the intake pump. Like this.:
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:43 PM   #26
 
You flow may appear high, 20x the turn over of your tank would be 600gph, you rup a bit, but shouldn't be overkill.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:49 AM   #27
 
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overflow

Thx RM...

My overflow give me nightmares of being flushed down a toilet or water overflowing onto my floor. The noise it makes is making me rethink the sump all together. I read you only need them for water volume and to hide equipment. What about having the return pump on a timer so that its off while I sleep?

I was also looking at the $100 HOB overflows that make no noise but id hate to pay for one.

Thoughts?
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:03 PM   #28
 
Hmm, sounds crappy. Mine makes very little noise, unless my sump is low. Having a Sump is actually very beneficial to the system, is it necessary, no. You can use Reactors to do the same thing, but the Macro Alage, with enough of it, can clean up your water for you with no chemicals added.
I use the CPR Overflow with Aqualifter. Works pretty darn good.
Aquarium Overflow Filters: CPR Continuous Siphon Overflow
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:31 PM   #29
 
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Thats the one I was looking at. Did you get the pump too? I read that noise could come from bends in the drain tube. I have 3 bends to get under my desk. I think ill try ribbed hose attached to the T in my siphon, before i scrap the whole design.

Ive had the sump off for a couple hours and its soo nice and quiet :)
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:32 PM   #30
 
Yea, the more bends the more air that can get trapped, the more noise. Good idea on the Hose, thats what I use, but I use just Aquarium Rubber hose. My Overflow Box came with the Aqualifter, and yes, I use it. you have to, or use a powerhead in the sump with the air line attached to the nipple on the top of the overflow box.
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