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Old 08-27-2013, 05:39 PM   #21
 
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Wow, your tank is super awesome! I love it!
Can't wait to see more pics, one day, I love to dip my feet in to the salty area!
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Old 08-31-2013, 11:01 AM   #22
 
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Did everything arrive in decent condition? I did not include a heat or cold pack inhopes that the weather was spot on, I know here in my part of Oregon it is perfect for shipping but I am not so sure about your neck of the woods. I tried to check and pack accordingly but sometimes a 2+ day transit can be hard on some of the guys. Thats also why everything was bagged separate.
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Old 08-31-2013, 06:05 PM   #23
 
Yea, it all arrived good. It has been pretty hot here, but it didnt have to sit outside to long after the mailman delivered it. Everything seems to be in good shape still except one coral dies this morning. I have two other that seem to be doing good. They look good still. The starfish are going all over the place and so are the snails. I think my cycle has really taken off, as im having diatom blooms all over now. I am going to do readings here in a few hours and will post what they are.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:05 PM   #24
 
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Dont worry about the coral as I just scraped em off the side of my galss,there is more where that came from :) If one makes it thats a really good sign about the tank. Glad the little guys are active,both are algae consumers that will reproduce in your tank without intervention. I also have some stomatelas and some brittle stars if you can't find em where your at. Both of those are other good scavengers that reproduce in the home aquarium,basically free clean up crew. I look forward to your progress.
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #25
 
Took my readings this morning. Its been a close to a week and a half since i got the tank going.
PH 8.1
Amonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10
Calcium 50
Salinity 1.020
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Old 09-01-2013, 12:31 PM   #26
 
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With readouts like that and algae forming I believe your cycle is almost over.I would add some salt after checking parameters today to make it about 023. The calcium looks really really low so maybe check it again or just let it ride for now as you have no calcium demandng things in the tank,seeing as this is the cycle stage.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:21 PM   #27
 
Well i left this afternoon at about noon, came back about 5 and the diatom has gone crazy in the tank. My sand and rocks are covered in brown spots now. It had been real slow at first, but i guess today when the light kicked on it started growing. One of my corals also moves from the spot i put it and climbed down to a more secluded spot. Hes kinda hiding behind some rocks now and hard to see, but ill leave it there seeing as how it wants to be there. The other coral doesnt really want to open up. One of the leafs (i guess thats what they are) kinda opens and the rest stay closed, while the other one opens and closes fully based on the lighting cycle.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #28
 
Here is a picture from the day before yesterday when the diatom bloom just started.'

Then here it is today, When i woke up this morning, it looked like ^^^ that picture. About 6 hours later it looks like this.

And then here is just a few other pictures ive taken over the last few days. Got a few of the stuff BadXGillen sent me. Thanks again!
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Old 09-01-2013, 11:04 PM   #29
 
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I just noticed you have fine sand. This will make it hard to get the high flow you want to help with keeping the various algaes ,particularly cyanobacteria,at bay. You may want to add some absorption media to alleviate some of the unsightly issues and look into a creature that can stir the sand some for you.There are plenty of candidates out there.
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:20 AM   #30
 
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Wow, the tank looking cool! On the road to salty success!
Can't wait to see more pics of the setup!
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