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New tank is setup. What next?
Old 12-02-2009, 08:22 AM   #21
 
I will be gone from Monday until the 23rd. I have a friend coming over to take care of my discus and top off this tank.

Question... do I need to do anything as far as adding livestock to this tank? If I start seeing coraline algae before I go do I add a couple of CUC members or a small fish or something? If the tank is ready for livestock will having none in there (outside of a single hitchhiker blue hermit crab) cause a negative effect (like leaving a cycled freshwater tank empty which will kill off the beneficial bacteria)?
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Old 12-02-2009, 09:29 AM   #22
 
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I will be gone from Monday until the 23rd. I have a friend coming over to take care of my discus and top off this tank.

Question... do I need to do anything as far as adding livestock to this tank? If I start seeing coraline algae before I go do I add a couple of CUC members or a small fish or something? If the tank is ready for livestock will having none in there (outside of a single hitchhiker blue hermit crab) cause a negative effect (like leaving a cycled freshwater tank empty which will kill off the beneficial bacteria)?
You will be fine leaving that tank as is. It already had life in it, all the beneficial bacteria in the Live Rock and Sand, and also some microfauna that came on the Rock and Sand. Being away for a couple weeks will help you leave the tank alone and not be tempted by an empty tank.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:12 AM   #23
 
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You will be fine leaving that tank as is. It already had life in it, all the beneficial bacteria in the Live Rock and Sand, and also some microfauna that came on the Rock and Sand. Being away for a couple weeks will help you leave the tank alone and not be tempted by an empty tank.
That is the answer that I was hoping for.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:06 PM   #24
 
Day 7 - more signs of a diatom bloom as the gravel bed is now mostly covered with the brown stuff. The base rock is now showing more and the live rock is covered in it almost completely.

Water test results (All API tests from master and master reef test kits - salinity from a newly calibrated refractometer).

PH - 8.0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5
KH - 8
Salinity - 1.029 (don't know how this is possible as I used premixed water and RO for top offs.
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:17 PM   #25
 
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who calibrated the refracto and what was used to do it?
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Old 12-02-2009, 11:32 PM   #26
 
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who calibrated the refracto and what was used to do it?
I brought the refractometer and a water sample to my LFS who calibrated it with a solution that they had for this purpose. They tested the water with two of their refractometers and with my new one and the results all came back the same post calibration.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:08 AM   #27
 
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Day 7 - more signs of a diatom bloom as the gravel bed is now mostly covered with the brown stuff. The base rock is now showing more and the live rock is covered in it almost completely.

Water test results (All API tests from master and master reef test kits - salinity from a newly calibrated refractometer).

PH - 8.0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5
KH - 8
Salinity - 1.029 (don't know how this is possible as I used premixed water and RO for top offs.
Where's the Calcium results?
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:16 AM   #28
 
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If you are seeing a diatom bloom, it would be the perfect time to begin the alkalinity and calcium testing. Proper levels will help to encourage coraline, and reduce the risk of cynobacteria, hair, and thread algaes.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:53 AM   #29
 
I will do the calcium and alk tests tonight.
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Old 12-03-2009, 07:12 AM   #30
 
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Day 7 - more signs of a diatom bloom as the gravel bed is now mostly covered with the brown stuff. The base rock is now showing more and the live rock is covered in it almost completely.

Water test results (All API tests from master and master reef test kits - salinity from a newly calibrated refractometer).

PH - 8.0
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5
KH - 8
Salinity - 1.029 (don't know how this is possible as I used premixed water and RO for top offs.
I see a KH reading of 8 here. Is that from a Carbonate Hardness Test? If so, this is in the range, but in the lower part of the range. Test kits suggest 7-12 dKH; I try to keep mine between 8-12 dKH.
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