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Old 05-22-2013, 07:42 AM   #41
 
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I also "Dip-Stripped" the tank last night and right now my parameters look good. Unfortunately there is no ammonia on the strip, so when I go to the LFS this weekend I will pick up a kit.

pH ~ 8.0
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 10 ppm (why I expect that I am seeing the tail end of a cycle)
KH - 300 ppm (which equates to over 16.8 dKH, but I will feel better when I liquid test this)

I didn't want to go all out and test the water with liquid tests, but I think I will this weekend...
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:29 AM   #42
 
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Tested the important params last night:

Nitrate - 0 ppm
Alkalinity - 9 dKH
Calcium - 440 ppm

I am going to be adding the CUC this weekend if these parameters stay put...

I am thinking:

6 Red or Blue Leg Hermits
4-6 Cerith or Astrea Snails (or a mix)
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Old 05-29-2013, 08:57 AM   #43
 
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BTW, these are liquid test kits, not dip-strips.

I am seeing a pod population start jumping like fleas along the sand bed. I am going to ask my buddy if I can have a scoop of his sand. He has and established 90 gallon, maybe I can get some detrivores and wormies from him...
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:12 PM   #44
 
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HUZZAH!!! Sounds like things are going really well for you! Thanks for posting up shots of the stand. I'm so jealous that you have the materiels for things like this just laying around at work. . . lucky, lucky boy!

So, again, I don't know anything about saltwater, but you're nice, so I've decided that it's probably okay if I badger you a little bit. . . What is the target for Alkalinity and Calcium, or does it depend entirely on the setup? We don't have these things in freshwater, so I'm clueless. Is a nitrate reading of 0 what you're wanting in a tank like this?

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I am seeing a pod population start jumping like fleas along the sand bed.
I wish you could capture this on video, somehow, so I could see it! It just sounds too darn cool. Obviously I'm kind of fascinated with the life that forms in these tanks without ever having been added intentionally. I guess you didn't kill them all off with your mini cycle during the tank switchover. ^.^ So neat!

Let us know if you get your scoop-full of precious buggy sand, lol. . . detritivores. . . detritus. . . so, things that eat crap, basically, right? If there are no fish making a mess. . . do you have to bother to feed these kinds of critters?

I just did a Google search for blue and red-legged hermits, and pretty much swooned. Excited for those! And snails. Any snails. I have a thing for snails. . .

Good luck over there, and please don't forget to keep us posted!
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:34 PM   #45
 
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HUZZAH!!! Sounds like things are going really well for you! Thanks for posting up shots of the stand. I'm so jealous that you have the materiels for things like this just laying around at work. . . lucky, lucky boy!!
Yeah, drives wifey crazy though when I come home with my next 'project'...

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So, again, I don't know anything about saltwater, but you're nice, so I've decided that it's probably okay if I badger you a little bit. . . What is the target for Alkalinity and Calcium, or does it depend entirely on the setup? We don't have these things in freshwater, so I'm clueless. Is a nitrate reading of 0 what you're wanting in a tank like this?
Nitrates are considered an organic acid and deplete Alkalinity at a rate of 0.8 meq/l Alkalnity for every 50 ppm Nitrate. This is better explained in this Randy Holmes Farley article, and goes on to explain how deep sand beds can in fact restore this lost Alkalinity as part of the Nitrogen Cycle.


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I wish you could capture this on video, somehow, so I could see it! It just sounds too darn cool. Obviously I'm kind of fascinated with the life that forms in these tanks without ever having been added intentionally. I guess you didn't kill them all off with your mini cycle during the tank switchover. ^.^ So neat!
They are so small that fleas might call them dwarfs. My son and I stare at the tank walls at night and look for them to jump!

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Let us know if you get your scoop-full of precious buggy sand, lol. . . detritivores. . . detritus. . . so, things that eat crap, basically, right? If there are no fish making a mess. . . do you have to bother to feed these kinds of critters?
I figure to be adding the fish and CUC by the time the detrivores have populated. I also have found out that his sand isn't all that populated, as he did not transfer his Nano-reef sand into his FOWLR, so I probably will go to the LFS and ask for a scoop of his (he probably will charge me though, lol)

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I just did a Google search for blue and red-legged hermits, and pretty much swooned. Excited for those! And snails. Any snails. I have a thing for snails. . .

Good luck over there, and please don't forget to keep us posted!
I am also thinking of getting a few Emerald crabs. They are neat little guys that pick at algae (primarily bubble algae) on the rocks. I will see if I am seeing green by Friday or not...
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:50 PM   #46
 
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I had my father build me a pair of false backs for the two cubbies. They have a sort of "bin" on the back that I can store stuff in. I will take pictures of them and post how they work tonight when I get home.

I am going to use the top one (which will be housing the power strip) for a book case. I am thinking of picking up some books on fish disease and species identification off amazon or half.com to fill it up with. Any good suggestions?
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Old 05-31-2013, 06:40 AM   #47
 
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I am starting to see the beginning of coraline algae growth on the rocks. Not enough to see in pictures, but as soon as it is, I will put it up here.

I also saw a Bristleworm last night, he must have hitched a ride in the rubble I got from my LFS. I wanted to snap a pic, but my phone was dead as a doornail. I will try to feed the tank tonight to get him to come out...



Here is a picture of the stand and tank with the false backs in place:
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Here is the bottom false back that I am keeping supplements and test kits in:
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Here is the top one that will also be a bookcase, with the power strip behind it:
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:33 AM   #48
 
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I have crabs! (Wifey hates when I say that, lol)

I went the other day and picked up a half a dozen Red Leg hermits, four Turbo snails and an Emerald Crab.

I got pictures last night of everyone out and about, doing their work. I can really see the coralline algae starting to blossom on the rocks (none on the glass on powerheads yet, but all in due time...).

A couple of the Red Legs:
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One of the smaller snails:
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The bigger snail:
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Another close up of a Red Leg:
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The Emerald out and about:
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Another shot of the Emerald:
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:59 AM   #49
 
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Since my levels are pretty consistent (Calcium is testing @ 440ppm and Alk @ 9 dKH) I think that I can go ahead and add some fish this weekend. My son has been asking for Nemo for about a month now, so I would like to accomodate him if I see a healthy specimen...

It will be four weeks on Saturday since I have put this tank together. I saw a diatom bloom last week, pods creeping in the sand last week and the beginning of a coraline bloom this week, so I feel confident that this tank is ready for fish.
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Old 06-06-2013, 05:45 PM   #50
 
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Digging the hidden power bar,makes me jealous. My setup is far from as sleek as this.Looking good man,lookin good.
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