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Thinking about purchasing this... opinions?
Old 08-30-2012, 02:35 PM   #121
 
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Set up is coming tomorrow! I just ordered 50lbs of dry Key Largo rock from Marco Rocks. Now I gotta get some new 5gal buckets to transport the ocean water from my LFS to my house. Going to have to make prob 3 trips to fill the tank and sump. Not complaining, I could use the exercise lmao. I'm hoping the tank will cycle in a speedy fashion since it has live sand and a bit of live rock. I can't wait to add some CUC!
Hooray! Now the fun begins!

Remember, nothing good happens quick in a marine tank. I usually plan on my first fish addition to be as late as five weeks after sand, rock and water. As the tank matures, you will (1st) see the cycle end. Nitrites and Ammonia will read zero and Nitrates will have an insignificant reading < 5ppm. (2nd) Diatom bloom. This will make the tank look rusty (for lack of a better description). (3rd) Start testing Calcium and Alkalinity and make sure they are stable at: Cal 400-450 ppm and Alk at 8-12 dKH. (4th) Coraline algae (crusty purple spots) start to grow on the rock and tank walls. Depending on how stable your alk and calcium are might accelerate thisprocess, so it might start to show before the diatom bloom. (5th) Copepod and Astrea starfish populations increase and you feel like that is all you see.

Once you feel the tank is matured (you see the signs mentioned above) you can add a fish or two. Wait a week or two after you add them to add another. Test calcium and see if the addition of fish affected your dosing schedule (it will). If everything stays steady, add another fish and then wait again.

Marine fishkeeping could be a hobby of patience or panic. It's your choice at this point in the game...
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:53 PM   #122
 
Thanks for the cycle breakdown! I have patience for the process, I just want my tank here already lol. What do my levels have to be before I can add a few blue leg hermits and snails?
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:56 PM   #123
 
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Thanks for the cycle breakdown! I have patience for the process, I just want my tank here already lol. What do my levels have to be before I can add a few blue leg hermits and snails?
I usually add the CUC after the diatom bloom dies off.
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Old 08-30-2012, 03:00 PM   #124
 
Awesome thanks :)
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:52 PM   #125
 
Patience and lots of research. Looking forward to seeing some pics once your up and running. Welcome to the hobby.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:23 PM   #126
 
Thanks! I will def be taking pics for you guys to give advice/opinions on. Tomorrow when it gets here I may start a build thread with some pics
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:55 AM   #127
 
I'm starting to panic. Idk if I should go through with this :/ It's a lot of money to drop at one time
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:05 PM   #128
 
He came down to $425, I guess I'll bite. I know it will look really nice.
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:33 PM   #129
 
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It will. Can't wait to see pics!
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:44 PM   #130
 
Right on. Your in now. Once you have it all set up, you'll love what yiu've spent. No worries.
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