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Old 01-29-2010, 11:31 AM   #21
 
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CamryDS is working on a 29 biocube thread with an extensive amount of information specifically related to the protein skimmer options. This is a very specific question that applies only to the BC29, so I would look at his thread, or perhaps he can elaborate on the information provided by BettaBaby. (Her husband is somewhat of an expert on the biocubes, as a sales rep for marineland)
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:10 PM   #22
 
Havent updated in a while but here is the latest.

I have re-aquascaped...well actually the wife did. You will see this in the 2nd Picture. She watched all 4 of my revisions, and it was funny to watch her because she was so scared to put her hands in the tank hahaha. nonetheless, to see an outsider's point of view for a few times helped her. She did a good job building off of my orignal ideas and failed attempts to construct it...

I would like a few people to look at the following pictures and give me some thoughts:

1st and 3rd: SHow some white hair like looking growth. Also, you can see that rocks have sand on them. I feel like the sand is impossible to prevent from being on live rock, but also remeber previous posts indicating its not good...is this normal?

4th and 5th: You can see the live rock looks "rusty" - Is this diatom growth? I always understood this to be an overnight things and NO WAY to miss it...but I would quite classify the pictures being "live rock absolutely covered in in".


Any advice one can offer is greatly appreciated, and since Pasfur has been the main one aiding me in my venture...thanks in adavance Pasfur!
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:38 PM   #23
 
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A small dusting of sand on the live rock will be hard to prevent. You are fine at this point.

I don't think that is a diatom. The key is looking at the sand, because it is solid white. The diatom will cover both sand and rock. I think you just have some interesting growth on the live rock right now.

It is possible, but unusual, to not have a diatom bloom. If the rock was very mature and carefully transported, then you may have to watch for other signs of tank maturity. Coraline algae growth would be one indicator, as would watching for a prolific supply of copepods and amphipods.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:58 AM   #24
 
Its been a few weeks since updating - Everything is coming across nicely. For those who are new and feel so lost, comfort comes with time, and patience is key.

Below are some pictures of final aquascape and some life.

- I currently have:
2 Clowns
6 hermits (3 Blue legged, 3 Red Reef Hermits)
1 Astrea Snail
1 Margherita Snail
2 Nassarius Snails
2 Peppermint Shrimp

I am thinking a need for a few more snails to eat the hair algae growing on glass and back panel....Thoughts?

Some may think I moved kind of fast, there may be truth to that. I did purchase ALL premium live rock, which showed signs of being fully cured...thoughts on this would be appreciated as well?
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:33 PM   #25
 
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You know, you moved a little fast in the traditional sense, but the tank looks nice. Every tank behaves a little bit differently, and purchasing the high quality live rock made a huge difference in the time frame you have had to deal with. I think you've done a nice job.

I would like to see some coraline algae begin to spread soon. Are you on top of the alkalinity and calcium levels?
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Old 02-17-2010, 02:41 PM   #26
 
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You know, you moved a little fast in the traditional sense, but the tank looks nice. Every tank behaves a little bit differently, and purchasing the high quality live rock made a huge difference in the time frame you have had to deal with. I think you've done a nice job.

I would like to see some coraline algae begin to spread soon. Are you on top of the alkalinity and calcium levels?


NO! How do I measure? my API test kit is labaled as "Marine", and I believe I came across a "Reef Master" test kit from API in the past...I assume that would measure the alkalinity/Calcium?

What should I really keep in mind for Coralline growth, what suggestions (or resources to be studied) do you recommend?
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:55 PM   #27
 
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Coraline growth is a good indicator of the stability of a marine environment. As it takes hold it makes it difficult for other algae types to to spread. Coraline grows best in an environment that has proper alkalinity and calcium levels, which is no surprise because calcium is the leading buffering ions in saltwater and exists in a perfect ratio with all the other buffering ions. Testing for alkalinity and calcium together allows you to observe the trends, and get a "leading indicator" as to the overall stability of the environment, long before actual problems begin to occur. More on this here: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...-marine-33079/

I keep my alkalinity between 8 and 12 dkh. I keep Calcium at 400 to 460 ppm. I use Kent Marine Super Buffer DKH as an alkalinity buffer and Kent Marine Liquid Calcium Chloride as a calcium supplement. This are the 2 test I do every week, and I consider them far more important than my other tests. In fact, my success with saltwater systems really began with the purchase of an alkalinity test kit and buffer.

For the record, many hobbyists, including Wake and others here at TFk, use the B Ionic 2 part calcium and alkalinity additive. It is also very reliable and easy to use.
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:43 AM   #28
 
Pasfur - I just realized you are in "Recovery Mode" - I hope you are feeling better and all is going well.

I guess on the upside - you are able to sit around and look at your masterpieces all day

Do you have any familiarity with "Red Sea Test Labs Master Reef Lab" - It seems like a nice price point, and tests for lots of things...if not that, what do you recommend for testing.

I currently have the API Marine test kit only.

Also, from the tests I assume it would be expected to be low, and thusly need to dose.

You use Kent Marine Super Buffer DKH as an alkalinity buffer and Kent Marine Liquid Calcium Chloride as a calcium supplement.

Others use the B Ionic 2 part calcium and alkalinity additive.

Are there pros and cons of each - Time, cost, your method/products are better quality?

Not sure which route to take.

Thanks Pasfur
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Old 02-19-2010, 11:49 AM   #29
 
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I have the Red Sea Marine Lab and the API Reef Master test kits. I like the API kits MUCH better. The results are easier to read IMO. I also have the BIonic 2 part but I havent needed to use them yet. My tank is on week 3 of the cycle right now so Im still just waiting patiently.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:31 PM   #30
 
I still have yet to purchase a test kit, because I am thoroughly confused. It seems like over 100 test kits exists...

I currently have testing for PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate.

I need something for Calcium, Alkalinity but dont seem to find one that has both of those tests?

I have found:
  • API Reef Master - Calcium, Carbonate Hardness, Phosphate, Nitrate
  • Red Sea ReefMaster - PH, Ammonia, Alkalinity, Nitrite, Nitrate
The two above each contain stuff I already have tests for, but neither contain both Calcium and Alkalinity.

Then there are tests for Magnesium, Iodine, Silica, Residual Ozone and Oxygen, Carbonate Borate, Strontium...? WOW!

"A Saltwater hobbyist is by all means a scientist" - Realistik

Any help would be great.
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