Originally Posted by shaggylawson
Is my LR still LR?
Is this just a waiting game now or should I do more quick fixes to help the Nitrite?
Based on no Ammonia and the Nitrite coming down to a 1 is the tank close to being cycled?
Where can I get more LR or Base rock for a good price?
How much more LR or BR should I add (I have about 40lbs in a 72 bowface)?
Do the 5 snails and 8 hermit crabs do more harm than good at this point?
Hey Brad, glad to see you finally got things worked out and posted here. (Brad is my cousin, so I would appreciate any help everyone can give.) I would make a trip to check out the tank, but my knee has taken a turn for the worse and I will be having surgery soon.
The pictures of your tank look very nice. You actually have a pretty good setup, being a FOWLR (fish only with live rock) tank. Given that it has been a few days since you and I talked, and the fish are still doing well, I think you are in the clear. Don't worry about the color fading on the FoxFace. This is typical of the species and will take place for as long as you own the fish.
Your readings look nice. I am very glad to see that you are testing for alkalinity. In addition, I would like to see you begin testing for calcium. In fact, over the long haul, testing for alkalinity, calcium, and pH will be the routine tests you do weekly. Here is a more detailed thread I posted on the subject: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...-marine-33079/
If you need to buy supplements, I personally use Kent Marine Super Buffer DKH and Kent Marine liquid Calcium Chloride. You can buy both at Aquarium Supplies, Pet Supplies and Pond Supplies by That Fish Place - That Pet Place
for a nice discount.
On the subject of live rock, I am certain that the 30 pounds of live rock left in your tank had a lot of die off, but some of the life would have survived and will benefit the tank. Having added 10 pounds of new live rock will "seed" the prior rock, and it will all be "live" within a few short weeks. You should add an additional 25 pounds or so of rock. I would personally order dry rock from 25 Pound box Key Largo Dry Rock, <br>Pre Cycled - DS-25
. I used about 200 pounds of this rock in my 180 gallon tank and am very pleased with it. It will seed and become live in a few short months. Here are pictures of this rock on my 180 thread: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...f-build-21979/
The last subject is filtration. Your skimmer is somewhat undersized for your tank. It is not a huge issue, but if you happen to have an extra $200 laying around, I would suggest you upgrade. This would be my suggestion: AquaC Remora Pro Hang-On Protein Skimmer
You will want this to make it more effecient: AquaC Remora Pro Pre-skimmer
Again, this is not entirely necessary, but I would personally feel more comfortable long term, and the price is worth it. You will actually save money over the long haul, because the better skimmer will reduce the need for water changes and supplement use.
As it stands, my only concern about your tank is the Emperor. The biowheels on the Emperor are continuously pumping Nitrate into the tank. This is directly at odds with the Protein Skimmer, which is designed to REMOVE organic waste from the water BEFORE the waste breaks down into Nitrate. Normally you would not use this Emperor, but would allow the live rock and sand to be your only filter to compliment the protein skimmer. For now, I think you need to add more live rock and allow the existing rock to mature before you take steps to remove the Emperor entirely.
My suggestion is this. Order the dry rock and get it in the tank. After 4 weeks remove one of the biowheels. After 4 more weeks remove the Emperor completely.
You will get all the help you need here. If you have any urgent issues feel free to give me a call, otherwise I am on here several times every day, and there are many others here with a lot of experience.