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Old 04-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #21
 
I was able to scape the tank last night. Got it topped off with water and put my temporary filter on while I wait for my AC70. It's looking much clearer.

Does this scape look ok? Seems like I'll have some ok hidey spots and a couple decent spots for easy corals when I'm ready. Just hoping that it's functional.

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Old 04-13-2012, 07:00 PM   #22
 
Looks good.
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:10 PM   #23
 
First of many test results.

PH: 7.8
Ammonia: 1.0ppm
Nitrite: .25ppm
Nitrate: 10-20ppm

The nitrate test is really hard to determine the colors, but i'm fairly certain there are some. Not really sure why at this point. Will probably be testing every other day or so.

Suggestions for a simple CUC would be welcome at this point. I'm in no rush to get anything, just want to start doing my research on what I want. CUC should be reef safe
as I plan for corals some time in the future.
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:20 AM   #24
 
Readings lookin normal. Yes, You just kinda read the Nitrates like you did, the inbetween coloring, 10-20 is a good reading to hold once Amm and Trites come down.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:55 AM   #25
 
Thanks Reefing, I appreciate all your help. I'll keep posting up my numbers. I might swing by the LFS and pick up a nice piece of LR this weekend. Hopefully this together with the livesand I got will have a decently quick cycle.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:45 PM   #26
 
PH: 7.8
Ammonia: 0.5
Nitrite: 1
Nitrate: 10-20
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:05 PM   #27
 
PH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0.25
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 20 (definitely orange this time)
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:36 PM   #28
 
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PH: 8.0
Ammonia: 0.25
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 20 (definitely orange this time)
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:02 AM   #29
 
I was looking through aquatraders.com and noticed they have a HOB refugium/skimmer that is much less expensive than the CPR product. I was going to mod an AC70 into a fuge, but this purpose built product looks like it will have more water volume and it has a skimmer. I am sure the skimmer is not going to be the greatest, but something should be better than nothing right?

Filtration - Reef - Hang On Refugium with Protein Skimmer

Any opinions?
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:10 PM   #30
 
HOB Refugium is very nice, don't count on that skimmer being of much help to ya.
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