02-08-2012, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Tazman
Quick few questions
I am in the middle of making the sump for this tank...I got the only good live rock left in my LFS which was Fiji Tokata rock, managed to get all of a whopping 2.5lbs of it! They sold one guy 300lb's as it was on special.
The tank I am using for the sump is 31"(L) x 12"(W) x 15"(H), the skimmer I plan on getting soon (I have a visi jet running now - I know not the greatest!). says it needs 3-4" below the pump to operate correctly (it will be a 65G coralife super skimmer).
When making the baffles, what height should I make them?
...I am going with a fuge and cheato as suggested and wont have any live sand in there. If I am correct, I should be looking at 10% of the display tank as a fuge voulme so around 3.2 gallons as the display is 32 gallons? Melevsreef.com | Acrylic Sumps & Refugiums Baffle question answered here.
Everything is in the tank and running, except the lights as I am fixing a broken bracket....would it be beneficial to throw a raw prawn in to help things along, or should I just be patient with the live sand and measely amount of live rock I got...there is 40lb's of dry marco in there as well. No need to help it along, you have enough in there to get it all going.
I messed up the salt mix a bit (nothing new there for a beginner!)...SG is at 1.027 while I was aiming for 1.026, should I be concerned about this affecting the live rock? I have 20g of RO/DI water if I need to top anything off or remove some to get the SG right. SG lil high, but not a major concern. you can take a bit of water out, then just put a few RO gallons back. It will not affect the Rock or Sand organisms, its not high enough to do that.
My major concern is I was informed today that the test kit I ordered is currently on back order...it is the API reef Master..,,no confirmed shipping date as yet....I do have the API freshwater kit for my freshwater tanks, can I use the tests for that until I get the Reef Master? Not sure about that one. Then again you won't need the kit for a couple weeks anyways. The parameters are not going to run amuck that much in a cycling tank. I wouldn't worry about it.
My water is also cloudy although a lot clearer than yesterday, am not too concerned about this but if it doesnt clear in a few days is there anything I can do / add to clear it up.
Thanks again for the advice.
The water will clear by itself, no worries. Here is where the patience is needed.