04-04-2013, 11:15 AM
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First of, I wanna thank everyone who have given me any advise or answered any of my questions as I am a newbie at this and any help is appreciated. My tank is doing very well so far. I have not added any livestock lately as I have now grasp the concept of maturing my tank. Here's what I have so far and will keep it like this for a bit longer. 60 gal tank with 100 lbs of black Hawaiian sand and Caribsea aragonite sand and 70 lbs of aquacultured live rock. I have a coralife HO light with 2 fluorescent and 2 blue lights for a total of 200 watts. I have an Eshopps psk 75h hob skimmer, 2 aqueon circulation pumps model 700 and a fluval 306 canister filter and the proper size heater. The reason I have the canister filter and the hob skimmer is because I am pressed for space and I can't fit a refugium anywhere next to or below the tank. Here are my parameters at last testing yesterday: SG = 1.025, Temp = 78*, Ph = 8.3, Ammonia and Nitrites = 0 ppm, Nitrate = 10 ppm and Phosphate = .25 ppm, Calcium = 460 ppm and Alkalinity = 232 ppm. At first I used tap water to set up my tank, but then I quickly learned how it will give you a lot of problems with algae. I now use RO/DI water and mix it with RedSea Coral Pro salt. I have been doing water changes once per week of 8 - 10 gal, but can't get rid of those nitrates and phosphate. In an effort to rid my tank of them I added RedSea's NO3;PO4X (Nitrate, Phosphate reducer) and run that for a little bit, but now my skimmer is acting like is brand new. I am taking about 1 cupful of water from my skimmer every 2-3 hours. I am guessing since I added the no3,po4 reducer the water composition has changed and the skimmer is just running through a new cycle. Is this something that I should be concerned with? As far as my livestock, this is what I have in the tank as of right now: 2 clown oscillaris, 1 blue hippo, 1 purple dottiback, 1 three stripes damsel, 1 yellow tail damsel, 1 sail fin blenny, 1 green, bubble tip anemone and 1 pulsating xenia. As for cleaning crew I have: 10 Mexican Turbo Snails, 5 hermit crabs and 1 cleaning/skunk shrimp. They all seem to be doing well. Even the anemone, who after moving in and out of sight have finally found a spot right in the front of the tank where is in full view. Again I wanna thank everyone for all your help, especially ReefingMadness for all your input and advise.
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