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Old 05-09-2012, 09:04 AM   #51
 
Unboxing new equipment I put in the equipment forum here.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:34 AM   #52
 
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:14 AM   #53
 
UPDATE:

I got my HOB refugium all setup! I used thread tape and I am currently not having any leaking. I really like this thing. I was also able to get a ~13" 200 watt heater in the refugium with no problems.
I decided not to use any sponge on the pump intake and instead I placed some filter floss in the second baffle for water coming up into the fuge. Seemed to clear everything up nicely. The floss will be maintained/replaced weekly with water changes. This also helped get rid of any bubbles making their way into the main fuge area. However I am getting tons of microbubbles from the return. I'm hoping that if I give it a chance to break in that these will go away. For now I have some filter floss rubber banded around the return.

I ended up attaching an air pump to the power head for the skimmer. Just didn't see enough bubbles produced without it, but we'll see what happens in the long run. I swung by petsmart and picked up the tetra whisper 10 and it seems to be working well. This is my first skimmer and it's not a great one by any definition so I'll have to work on getting it adjusted. On to a few pics. (Wife left for vacation and stole the camera so only cell phone pics :( )


Right side


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Left Side

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Old 05-17-2012, 08:17 AM   #54
 
And I got my first frag last night! I feel like such a noob for being this excited about it.






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Old 05-27-2012, 10:33 PM   #56
 
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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.
Late to the party here but I am wondering how you got your ammonia up to 1 after only 2 days if I read this right. I am not getting any reading on my 75 with just one clown. I want it to happen so I can add more fish!
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:24 AM   #57
 
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Late to the party here but I am wondering how you got your ammonia up to 1 after only 2 days if I read this right. I am not getting any reading on my 75 with just one clown. I want it to happen so I can add more fish!
Lemme see if i read this right here. You have a new tank, with a Clown Fish in it, that hasn't cycled yet. And you want to see Ammonia so you can add more fish?
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Old 05-28-2012, 11:36 AM   #58
 
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Lemme see if i read this right here. You have a new tank, with a Clown Fish in it, that hasn't cycled yet. And you want to see Ammonia so you can add more fish?
Ummm...not exactly, guess I didn't word it right. I want to see ammonia since that means the cycle is going then I can watch for the cycle completion so I can add more fish!

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