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New tank is setup. What next?
Old 12-01-2009, 11:58 AM   #11
 
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Will wait until I return (about 3.5 weeks from now) before I start either the skimmer or the carbon filtering. I will have my friend continue to top off the tank with RO water.

Will my hitchhiker blue leg hermit survive? He survived 9 days since purchase... 3 of which were in a covered bucket w/ the live rock that he hitched a ride on that was not being circulated. Just found him today. :)
Probably. Crabs are very hardy.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:40 PM   #12
 
Day 6 of setup (10 days since the live rock and "live" sand were purchased). Brown fuzz is now seen growing on the top of the base rock and all over the sand bed. It is not nearly as prevalent as it is on the live rock. There are some less than stellar photos on my aquarium page.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:46 PM   #13
 
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Sounds like Diatoms.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:50 PM   #14
 
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Sounds like Diatoms.
Wouldn't this be ahead of schedule?
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Old 12-02-2009, 05:23 AM   #15
 
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Wouldn't this be ahead of schedule?
Anybody?
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:17 AM   #16
 
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I can't really tell from the pictures, but it kind of looks like Diatoms.

There is no real "schedule" for a marine tank maturing in a day/week/month sense. It's more of a question as what are the levels in your tank? Did your NitrItes and Ammonia reach zero? Are you showing a NitrAte reading? Are your Alk and Calcium testing in a steady range? (Did you buy Alk and Calcium tests yet?) Is there an abundance of pods jumping on the glass?

With the addition of Live Sand and Cured Live Rock, tanks can have a tendency to get to the Diatom stage faster than you would suspect. I think that you are progressing just fine and post some results of tests so we can tell you where you're at.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:46 AM   #17
 
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I can't really tell from the pictures, but it kind of looks like Diatoms.

There is no real "schedule" for a marine tank maturing in a day/week/month sense. It's more of a question as what are the levels in your tank? Did your NitrItes and Ammonia reach zero? Are you showing a NitrAte reading? Are your Alk and Calcium testing in a steady range? (Did you buy Alk and Calcium tests yet?) Is there an abundance of pods jumping on the glass?

With the addition of Live Sand and Cured Live Rock, tanks can have a tendency to get to the Diatom stage faster than you would suspect. I think that you are progressing just fine and post some results of tests so we can tell you where you're at.
I have 2 API test kits (my freshwater master and my reef master). I will test ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, calcium, carbonate hardness and phosphate when I get home this evening.
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Old 12-02-2009, 06:57 AM   #18
 
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Very Good.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:22 AM   #19
 
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Very Good.
Oh... and high range PH.
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:44 AM   #20
 
Sounds like it's right on schedule. My nano had live sand and cured live rock (with half an hours worth of die off) when set up and progressed to this stage a few days quicker than yours.
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