Souly's 29 Reef Tank
I deiced I would start a Journal for the progress on this tank and hopefully keep it updated!
29g tank: 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 18 3/4
Substrate: Arag-Alive Hawaiian Black
30-32pounds of LR
And a HOB Protein Skimmer
The Refugium is a DIY based off of a Penguin 150 biowheel: Progress on that can be found here
Still looking for a skimmer in a decent price range.
Lighting: For lighting so far I'm looking at
Marineland Reef Capable LED Aquarium Lighting System 24-36"
Current planned Stock:
Eagle Eye (Zoanthus sp.
Australian Big Polyp Blastomussa
Birdsnest Coral, Green
Green Fluorescent Mushroom
2 Ocellaris Clownfish
Orchid Dottyback - Tank-Bred
Black Cap Basslet
Springeri Dottyback - Tank-Bred
Clown Goby, Green
White Banded Possum Wrasse
I will post pictures as they come about, and try to have this edited with FTS once the tank is setup.
As this reef tank journal, I have moved your thread to the correct section of the forum
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Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info
Thanks cliff, Sorry about that!
I just managed to snag one of these HOB skimmers for 30 bucks!
Some updates to the thread: I picked up 30pounds of live rock for the tank, it being so small I didn't want to overdo it, and it seems like I made a good choice because with 30 pounds and the pieces It came out looking nice.
I used instant ocean salt mix, at 1/2 a cup per gallon as per the instructions on the bag.
Also, the lighting I'm using is Coralife Lunar Aqualight HO T5 Aquarium Light Fixture, and i will be doing an actinic blub and a super blue bulb. For the second set a the 10K bulbs with another super blue blub, and depending on the coral responds, when I start adding getting/adding it might go to a 12k instead of the 10.
Last edited by souly; 09-09-2013 at 03:49 AM.
Checked my water levels today:
Not surprised my nitrates are so high...day 3 using live sand. My wife decided to put it in the tank when I was work and didn't rinse it out.
Picture of tank at day 3 of the cycle. Noticed I've got some growth on the live rocks with having the lights on for a few hours, will be leaving them on for the full 10 hour photo period today.
8 hours should be good.
What's your pH and salinity at? Are you using regular Instant Ocean or the Reef version? Are you using straight from tap water or RO/DI?
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Be careful with your light. On too long will give you some algae issues down the road. When I was doing my live rock reef tank cycle I was informed (by some very experianced individuals who I wont name, Cliff) to keep the temperature up around 80 degrees and keep the lights off unless I wanted to watch the tank. Your wife adding the live sand without rinsing it made me chuckle, I did that too and what a mess it made. But it did clear up.
Nice looking tank. Hows the water flow/agitation?
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Using RO water with Instant ocean reef.
My Salintiy according to the Coralife Deep Six Hydrometer I have (yes I know, I should get refractometer, working on picking one up in a two weeks) my salinity ranges from 1.024 to 1.30, which is confusing because I'll test this a few good times and thats what I keep getting in ranges. I did my last test and let it sit for about 5 mins and it reads: 1.25
As for PH, I don't current have a test for that. I'll also be having to get one of those as well.
The tank didn't have any issues with clouding, since I poor the water over the live rock to keep that down, it cleared up with my ref and skimmer running pretty quickly. Cliff has been helping with me the light cycle info, we talked via PM about it. I"ll turn up the heat, and turn off the lights for now in that case lol. I was hoping to try and get some color going on those rocks haha