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Old 12-13-2009, 07:37 PM   #51
 
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I use a post filter sponge on my skimmer outlet as well, just to kill the microbubbles. There should be almost no organic waste existing the skimmer chamber, so it really isn't a big deal.
Ahh great, I got a question though -- I have a new thread on another part of the forum, but I might as well ask it here --.

So, besides the big big wait and test -- is there anything else I should be doing as in a routine? feeding the tank? Adding anything to the tank at all? i'm not sure what else I can be doing at the moment to help things along.

Anything I should be expecting? Diatom bloom, etc? should I be water changing anything per week or leave it as is? adding inverts anytime soon? etc. I am going to be adding coral later, but that's way down the line.
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Old 12-26-2009, 11:54 AM   #52
 
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Week 0 (tank setup + run, so no testing)
Week 1 of testing:
Test Results this week:
Calcium: 500ppm
Nitrate: 0-5ppm
Alkalinity/Carbinated Hardness: 12dKH or 214.8KH
Phosphate: 0ppm
Gravity: 1.022
Temp: 79
PH: 8.0

Week 2 of testing:
Test Results this week:
Calcium: 460ppm
Nitrate: 0-5ppm
Alkalinity/Carbinated Hardness: 12dKH or 214.8KH
Phosphate: 0ppm
Gravity: 1.023
Temp: 78
PH: 8.0
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:21 AM   #53
 
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This early on I would be testing for ammonia and nitrite, its a bit early to expect nitrate readings. I don't see any listing for those in the first 2 wks... how high the ammonia goes will give you an idea of how high the nitrite and nitrate can be expected to go, along with watching as the steps of break down work through the cycle. Knowing if ammonia or nitrite is present along with or instead of the others is also important.

Everything else looks good. I would watch the calcium, as it appears to be fluctuating. If it goes too low you will want to begin adding liquid calcium to get it back to a safe range, and also to investigate what is depleting the calcium, which is sometimes detectable and even fixable. The animals going into the tank will utilize calcium, so its good that you are monitoring that closely, and I always suggest anyone watch calcium levels closely long term for that reason.

Keep up the good work!
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:22 AM   #54
 
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This early on I would be testing for ammonia and nitrite, its a bit early to expect nitrate readings. I don't see any listing for those in the first 2 wks... how high the ammonia goes will give you an idea of how high the nitrite and nitrate can be expected to go, along with watching as the steps of break down work through the cycle. Knowing if ammonia or nitrite is present along with or instead of the others is also important.

Everything else looks good. I would watch the calcium, as it appears to be fluctuating. If it goes too low you will want to begin adding liquid calcium to get it back to a safe range, and also to investigate what is depleting the calcium, which is sometimes detectable and even fixable. The animals going into the tank will utilize calcium, so its good that you are monitoring that closely, and I always suggest anyone watch calcium levels closely long term for that reason.

Keep up the good work!
Hi Bettababy,

Thanks for the info on that -- I've dosed the tank with liquid calcium after I did a test, but didn't retest yet.

I've added about 8 Astraea snails, I got them at an astronomically low price of 5.99
eating up diatom as we speak. I have extra shells in the tank so that the hermits won't bother my snails.

Right now my only gripe is that my protein skimmer isn't skimming like I want it to, the inner tube is dark with skimmate, but the cup fills with a lot of precipitation from the tank's cover. there's some green stuff that is in the cup, but I doubt that's from the foam. It hasn't given me much results. I've began to adjust though, by raising the foam little by little day by day. then again, I have no fish -- so I don't know what to expect.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:03 PM   #55
 
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What your collection cup actually collects will depend on what proteins are currently in the tank. This will change over time and as you progress.

Can you post any photos of how you are set up with the skimmer so we can get a better idea on a visual? There will likely be a handful of people who can offer suggestions on your dilemma of the water from the cover, but without a visual we would only be guessing, at best.

How far into set up are you now? How long? And what is all in the tank thus far?
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Old 12-28-2009, 02:34 PM   #56
 
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What your collection cup actually collects will depend on what proteins are currently in the tank. This will change over time and as you progress.

Can you post any photos of how you are set up with the skimmer so we can get a better idea on a visual? There will likely be a handful of people who can offer suggestions on your dilemma of the water from the cover, but without a visual we would only be guessing, at best.

How far into set up are you now? How long? And what is all in the tank thus far?

Pics will come tonight =) (current at work)

40lbs of live sand
28-29 lbs of live rock

Salt Water:
9 Blue Legged Hermit Crabs
1 Emerald Crab
8 Astraea Snails

3 weeks into the project I'm just missing some clean up crew and fish, all else is doing well.

I've been re-adjusting the skimmer every 2-3 days depending on what's up. I'm also going to cut a hole into the bio cube in the back so the protein skimmer can sit higher than it is right now.
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Old 12-28-2009, 02:51 PM   #57
 
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Please be forewarned before you cut... Once you do that you will completely void any manufacturer warranty on the tank.
3 weeks into set up is a bit soon for fish... I know its hard, but patience is your best friend.

I look forward to the pics.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:08 PM   #58
 
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Please be forewarned before you cut... Once you do that you will completely void any manufacturer warranty on the tank.
3 weeks into set up is a bit soon for fish... I know its hard, but patience is your best friend.

I look forward to the pics.
/agree -- way too soon for fish, i'm just testing the water with inverts, since I got most of them free and some pretty cheap.

8 snails for 5 bucks, hermits were mostly free

I got a lot of little things swimming around though.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:53 PM   #59
 
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here are some pics on how the sump is done on the back - click on the thumbnail:




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