Ok, so after months or really wanting to start a tank i have finaly done it! im planning on takeing this as slow as it cna go mainly because of money.
i have already run into some problems but i think they will pass. the first problem was the skimmer. the skimmer i bought doesnt work when it came..... before i rush to conclusion and tell everyone not to buy it, i will say some good things about it. I think the taam rio nano skimmer wouldve been a great skimmer if it had worked. I think mine didnt work simply from motor malfunction.
Good things about it:
1. the collection cup is huge for the tank size its rated to, no overflowing!
2. it has a lot of nice open space to place whatever you want in there, i bet u could even get a small piece or LR in there
3. very simple to start (mine started then would stop)
4. simple directions.
1. of course has to be the fact that mine wouldnt work!
2. the bubbles look like they would just flow right into the tank.
So my way to fix this problem is simply to buy a new one. the one they have at the store cost $150, but its a HOB (which i prefer) and its suposedly really nice. i will go and get the info on it when i go into town next time.
My second problem is my light failed on me. it worked for at least 3 yrs (with new bulbs) withought any problems. the second i turn it on over salt water it flickers then turns off. It isnt the bulb because i tried the other ones, so i took it apart and it looks like some wires were severed and the balast looked fried. i think its just because the light is very old (over 10yrs).
I am wanting to make a light. I would start off by getting the caseing which will be a clamp on, then i will use the reclector from my old light and stick it in there. after that i will take the balast from the old light (if it still works) and wire it to some conectors and buy some T5s and get it all connected. i will probably be taping the balast in the inside top of the stand and have the switch next to it. I need some suggestions on how to do this, it may seem like ive gotten it figured out but i dont
Ok so now on to the actual tank and what i have setup. The tank has a 2inch sand bed and the salinity is around 1.024 which is what the store recomended. I currently have 5.4lbs of LR and i personaly think they look AWSOME! DSC03104.jpg
tell me what u think? this isnt actualy where the LR will be set up its just that i need to buy about 5 maybe 10lbs more of LR.
I think i have yet another problem, or at least my dad says so. im just happy im able to keep something alive. There is this coral in my tank that keeps moving around. it started on the very back of the rock and has now moved to the front. i really like it but if it has to go like my dad says it can easily, it looks like i could just pick it up with some tweezers or something. DSC03105.jpg
im just happy my tank can sustain life with just the light from my window and skylight.
This is just a different angle of my favorite piece DSC03106.jpg
im almost done typing i promise.
This is the second most exciting thing for me, i think this is an algea bloom. the white sand is turning slightly brown! this picture doesnt show much, but at least its another view to my LR DSC03107.jpg
anyways thanks for reading!
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