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Old 11-24-2010, 06:50 AM   #21
 
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for what its worth i can not see the pix but is sounds like you are in the bloom!!!!!!!!!!! see waiting payed off.... oh man its not even my tank and i am getting excited!! lol
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Old 11-25-2010, 11:45 AM   #22
 
I've been topping off with saltwater for the last several days trying to start to raise my salinity otherwise no other changes to the water.

specific gravity 1.022
pH 8.2
Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 20ppm

if the following pics are my diatom bloom it looks to be ramping up.









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Old 11-25-2010, 07:46 PM   #23
 
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the first pic is pods they are great little critters and good indication that your system is healthy!!!! yeah thats the bloom alright...
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:05 PM   #24
 
I was wondering what those were. they are all stuck to the glass and waving around in the current so i cannot tell if they are alive and moving on their own or whether they are not. they are too small to see what they actually look like. There was allot of them this morning and this evening most are gone or not stuck to the glass anymore.
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Old 11-26-2010, 07:01 AM   #25
 
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they will hide in the rock and sand while your lights are on but under moon lights or when you first turn a light on they will be every where.... kinda cool IMO
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:17 AM   #26
 
Still topping with saltwater every day... no other changes to the water. yet. how long should it take for the nitrate and ammonia to start to drop?

specific gravity 1.023
pH 8.2
Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 20ppm

set up my moonlights last night. no pics they are not very bright. I will see if I can take some low light moonlight pics. not sure I'm happy with them but they were included in the setup...

working on my stocking list and trying to figure out what I need for a clean up crew... another post on that hopefully later today. my LFS is running a 50% off sale this weekend only on all livestock and clean up crew members... I am VERY tempted by the prices but am trying to resist... I dont want to make any mistakes in my stocking list/order that i will regret. It's hard i have been going into this LFS nearly every weekend for 8 months and this is the FIRST sale of this magnitude... Still got to get my Q tank set up. maybe do that today... the list is at least getting shorter...



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Old 11-29-2010, 11:31 PM   #27
 
here's an update...

I went to Meijer the other day and picked up a new tank for my Q tank. Ii decided to pick up a 20 gallon high deluxe aquarium kit. it is in a "Tetra" box and actually has "Perfecto" all over the paperwork inside. It was on sale for $69 and comes with the tank the filter a heater a hood with light a small net and some other stuff only useful for fresh water. I didnt know how the filter was built but decided since it was on sale I would take a chance. The other option was a 20G high tank lid/light $60 + a $30 filter and a $20 heater at the LFS.

So I got it home hoping the filter would be useful. turns out I think it will work out great. the included filter is a tetra FS 20-40 HOB filter. I was disappointed with the heater. It seems nice enough but unfortunately it is preset and not adjustable. The setting is described in the paperwork as set at 76-80*f. I would like to have an adjustable heater so I can precisely match the temp in my display tank. I think I have a spare laying around I will use. I think the included filter box will work out well. I opened it up and it contains a removable filter cartridge. I removed the cartridge and left the physical filter media in for now just for the first couple days the water is running as I saw some large particles of something in the water. I will pull it out later. In the mean time i removed the cartridge from the HOB box and noticed there looked like enough room i could slide a few pieces of small live rock into the box. So i went to my sump and grabbed out a handful of small pieces. i dropped them into the filter box and the fit very well. i filled the box with rock and put the cover back on. i will use the rock in there for now. I will run out and get a sponge and stuff it in that spot shortly I think. Something I can easily throw away if I end up with a troubled fish in Q.

I filled the tank with RO water and mixed my salt. I put just a tad too much salt in. I was shooting for a salinity of 1.016 and ended up with 1.017. i dropped a few pieces of 4" pvc into the tank for refuge for the fish that visit there. I will probably come up with something better but this is what I had laying around.

Here are a few pics...





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Old 12-16-2010, 11:18 PM   #28
 
Just over two weeks in Quarantine Keeping an eye on my water parameters i realized that my live rock in the filter wasnt doing anything for me. never any nitrite's or nitrates just a steady increase in ammonia. So I have been doing 20% water changes just about every other day for the past week and my ammonia levels are still higher than i like to see. So I went out and bought a sponge filter. It seems to be doing a better job already Im seeing increases of nitrite and nitrate now but my ammonia levels are still higher than I like the sponge has only been in there three days and at least I'm seeing some things happen besides ammonia rising. I'm going to do a 100% water change just to get me back to some clean water. We will let the sponge seed for the duration of the damsels stay in the Q tank.



Also my main tank has sprouted what appears to me a green hair algae outbreak... not even any fish in there yet. My berlin skimmer that I wasnt sure was working properly has had the pump bite the dust and seeing replacement pumps were over $100 and I was not sure the skimmer was functioning correctly I replaced it. i picked up a new in box marineland Pro In sump skimmer 300 for ~$200 off ebay. It's breaking in right now. put it in a couple days ago.








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Old 12-17-2010, 05:36 AM   #29
 
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NIce updates. A great example of setting up a Q tank. By the way, I think you will be very happy with your new skimmer.
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:25 AM   #30
 
as it has not broken in yet, I need to adjust the skimmer every day. It is already pulling gunk out of the water. My only problem is that I'm not sure exactly how it should be set. the instructions leave much open for interpretation. I'll play with it this weekend, it should be broken in by then according to the instructions. I'm also concerned about my algae issue. My coralline algae is starting to be covered by the green hair algae, and there are tufts of it in my sand bed too growing like grass. I'm afraid it's getting out of hand. I need to replace my T5 bulbs I'm sure but I am having a really hard time finding them locally they are longer than 48" (58" or 59" if I remember) NOBODY stocks them around here. Also in one pick there is some dark green algae on the tips of one of my live rocks that looks allot like corraline algae but is a almost flourescent dark green color. It can be seen in the center of the pic above the skimmer pic's on the very tip of one of my pieces of rock

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