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post #11 of 58 Old 03-04-2010, 06:55 PM
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Yep. The water flows into the biomedia first. Unreal. WHY?????? What are they doing when they make these units??? It looks like a sump sytem from the 1980's, which was a time when keeping marine tanks was extremely difficult. I wonder why...

Ok, lets talk live rock. You don't have enough for your size tank. Do you have more rock on the way? Again, can I get a pic of the tank as well. A picture tells me so much that you just can't describe in a thread.
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post #12 of 58 Old 03-04-2010, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, the tank looks like this just now
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post #13 of 58 Old 03-04-2010, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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think i have nitrates in my tank that are being eat by the algea so when i test it always shows 0. got about 15kg of live rock and i think 8kg live sand. going to get some more rock tomorrow, i have the option of getting a deltec mce 600 skimmer tomorrow for a really good price just need to make sure it will fit.

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post #14 of 58 Old 03-04-2010, 07:17 PM
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You really don't have any organic decay in the aquarium at this point to drive nitrate levels. As you add livestock you will begin to see the nitrates creep up when using biomedia.

The real answer is that you need more rock. You should triple this reef at minimum. Not only for filtration benefits, but for the sake of the fish. It is much more difficult to create a fish community when the amount of rock is minimal. Fish need to feel comfortable, and this means having a lot of nooks, caves, etc to hide in and around.

Did I recommend Marco Rocks to you? A 25 pounds order of dry rock would do wonders for your tank, and allow you to make the adjustments you need to that filter system.
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sorry thats a old pic of the tank i have added fish there are two small clowns all my levels stayed at 0 for about 2 weeks so i done a water change then added 2 fish was that a mistake. do you think i should remove the biomedia or will the system crash doing that.
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I don't think you have enough rock right now to remove the biomedia. Until you can get more rock, I would replace the activated carbon in tray 1 on a weekly basis. This will HELP to reduce the organics reaching the biomedia, but does not begin to make up for the skimmer being out of place. You honestly need more rock soon.
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I'm going to buy rock tomorrow, do you think i should upgrade the skimmer now too. Thanks for all your help really appreciate it.
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If you upgrade to a Deltec you will be happy. However, the skimmer you have might be functional for your tank size, after you remove the biomedia. You can actually turn the section of the sump with media trays into a small refugium. It will be nice. But first we need more live rock. Quite a bit more.
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Thanks mate i'll keep you posted
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post #20 of 58 Old 03-05-2010, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Just an update, and some pic's got another 12lbs of live rock today getting another 12lbs next week when the shop has more in.
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