08-01-2013, 12:55 AM #11
Anyway here are some updates:
-Replaced the generic Petco branded powerhead with a Marineland Maxi-jet 400 for more flow.
-Decided I want a protein skimmer just from old habit so I ordered a HOB Red Sea prism Deluxe model skimmer... I loved the intake design on this skimmer.
Still no live stock... I'll do my first ammonia test tomorrow to see where things are headed.
Here's how the tank looks now... it's cleared up quite a bit.
08-01-2013, 01:00 AM #12
tank looks good.
Good luck with that skimmer, I'm not sure if I should say or not, but my first skimmer was a Red Sea Prism, and I hated the thing. Very noisy. Hopefully yours is a better model (I don't think mine was deluxe) and you won't have that problem.
08-01-2013, 01:58 AM #13
08-01-2013, 02:15 AM #14
its a lovely looking unit!
08-01-2013, 02:19 AM #15
08-01-2013, 02:33 AM #16
well, mine was...but it was many moons ago and like I said, a different model. I'm sure they've improved it since my experience with it.
08-01-2013, 12:42 PM #17
Looks great! Can't wait to see it progress :).Don't poke the crazy
08-01-2013, 11:57 PM #18
So here are some updates... Day 4: Woke up to a load of brown algae on my LR
So I thought it's about time I do my first water test and here are the results... not sure what to make of it really.
Ammonia: 0.25 PPM
Nitrite: 0.15 PPM (the color was in between 0.25 and 0 ppm so I figure 0.15)
Nitrate: 10 PPM
Sort of weird that the Nitrate is that high already unless the cycle is moving at warp speed which I would only be able to tell in a few days if ammonia hits 0 and nitrite bottoms out along with it.
Any thoughts? Also this is the API Saltwater Master Test Kit I used.
08-02-2013, 12:22 AM #19
The one good thing about saltwater - cycling is generally very fast!
I never even saw ammonia in mine...it cycled in a couple days. My rock was packaged really well for transport, so hardly any die off occurred.
08-02-2013, 12:35 AM #20
You can get nitrate leaching out from your live rock if it was exposed to higher levels of nitrates for a longer period of time before you out it in your tank. But none the less, looks you your cycle is moving along nicely and you will most likely be done in no time.
I would guess the brown algae is likely diatoms.
Looks like good progressIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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