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HeXoM
01-31-2011, 11:50 AM
Well finally I got my tank. This is where the fun begins :D
I got a CAD 50G Artisan from here in SoCal, where CADLights is located.

I so far have the tank up and running with all the plumbing and everything. I'm just running the system with freshwater for now to check for any leaks in plumbing.

Still got a long way to go but just thought I would share my build along this exciting journey.

I know you guys like pictures. So here you go:

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0804.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0806.jpg

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HeXoM
01-31-2011, 11:51 AM
Didnt know where to put the ballast, so I put it on the side for now.
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0811.jpg

The fixture that came with the tank. 24" 14,000K 150 HQI, 2x actinic T5s, LED moonlights.
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0813.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0823.jpg

Leak testing. Sorry I didnt take pictures of the sump before, but I took the baffles out because the I didnt like how it was set up. So rebuilt it.
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0818.jpg

HeXoM
01-31-2011, 11:52 AM
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0825.jpg

CAD tanks for some reason, cut out the vinyl right where the overflow is. I had some carbon fiber vinyl I used on my car to cover the back. The other side is plain black not CF lolhttp://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0817.jpg

Running freshwater to check for any leaks.
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0828.jpg
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0830.jpg

HeXoM
01-31-2011, 11:53 AM
I also put some nice stainless steel door handles from LOWES on the cabnet doors. Much easier to open now : )
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0841.jpg

This is what I see when I walk down my stairs
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0844.jpg

HeXoM
01-31-2011, 11:55 AM
[B]http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0846.jpg

Mag-Drive 9.5
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0848.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0856.jpg
A drain silencer I came up with and it works GREAT!!!!!
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0849.jpg

HeXoM
01-31-2011, 11:56 AM
An overflow cover I made with acrylic. I'm thinking about making out of black acrylic now since I know I can make one lol
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0850.jpg


http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0852.jpg


http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0853.jpg


http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0854.jpg

HeXoM
01-31-2011, 11:56 AM
50W Halogen light for refugium.
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hockeyhead019
02-01-2011, 12:36 AM
Nice build, everything is very cleanly put together. You should move this into the journals section so more people see it

HeXoM
02-01-2011, 12:50 AM
^Thanks man.

How can I move the thread?
Do i ask one of the mods to move it?

hockeyhead019
02-01-2011, 12:56 AM
yea pm one of the mods and they'll move it...

the only two I know off the top of my head are Lady_Hobbs and William (Hobbs is probably a better shot though)

flydustydawg
02-01-2011, 01:02 AM
WOW talk about light haha. that thing looks brighter than the sun itself. Great looking tank. I think I will fallow this build.

Hobs will move it for you asap if you ask her.

Cliff
02-01-2011, 01:25 AM
I love the nice clean look of a new set-up.

This should turn out to be one nice reef tank ?

HeXoM
02-01-2011, 01:38 AM
Thanks guys!
I just pmed Lady Hobbs, so hopefully she will be able to move it soon.

Yes, this is goin to be a reef tank.
I just finished my aquascape today as well.
I will post pictures tonight.

I should have my water in there sometime this week and start my cycle :D

HeXoM
02-01-2011, 07:01 AM
Alrights guys, here is another update!
I just got my 30 pounds of Dry rock from BRS today.

25lbs of pukani and 5lbs of shelf rock.
The rock is amazing. All the shapes and sizes are perfect.
I played a little bit with the aquascaping today and i might play around with it a bit more tomorrow.
But so far I'm loving how it came out.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0867.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0868.jpg

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http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0871.jpg

CassieLEO
02-01-2011, 11:09 AM
This is totally INCREDIBLE!!!!!

boogernose
02-01-2011, 01:33 PM
Very nice!!

hockeyhead019
02-03-2011, 03:17 AM
Awesome scaping! Lots of nooks which will be great for the fish..

P.S. This is in the freshwater tank journals section lol... doesn't matter since people will see it but just thought I'd let ya know haha

Lady Hobbs
02-03-2011, 07:10 AM
Simply beautiful. Wonderfully put together journal, great photos and great explanation all the way thru. Tank is awesome. And it's darned nice seeing grass and plants, too!!

HeXoM
02-03-2011, 07:20 AM
This is totally INCREDIBLE!!!!!

Very nice!!

Awesome scaping! Lots of nooks which will be great for the fish..

P.S. This is in the freshwater tank journals section lol... doesn't matter since people will see it but just thought I'd let ya know haha

Thanks everyone :D

Thanks for letting me I was in FW section hockeyhead.



Simply beautiful. Wonderfully put together journal, great photos and great explanation all the way thru. Tank is awesome. And it's darned nice seeing grass and plants, too!!

Thanks Lady Hobbs.
I really appreciate you moving my thread.
Twice thumbs2:

hockeyhead019
02-03-2011, 01:42 PM
No problem man... the tank is looking great! Any stocking ideas yet?

Lady Hobbs
02-03-2011, 05:16 PM
If I did it right the first time, I wouldn't have had to do it twice. LOL

OK. So far, I only want the tank, house, yard and location. I reek with jealousy.

HeXoM
02-05-2011, 06:55 AM
hahaha thats true!

Updates coming soon guys.
SW is in :D

kingkarter
02-05-2011, 07:05 PM
nice tank i can't wait for some more updates

HeXoM
02-05-2011, 10:11 PM
Thanks man :D

HeXoM
02-13-2011, 09:30 AM
My tank is still a little cloudy but thats due to some dead sponge or something that was on one of my BRS rock. I took it out for now till I get my protien skimmer.

I added a few more rocks (live rock) to my aquascape. I hope you guys like it.

I'm going to buy about 10lbs of live rock to put in my main display. I got a few ideas I want to do. That will be in my next update.

I also made a new overflow cover out black acrylic. I like it soooo much better.
I'm getting better at this acrylic stuff :D

Here's a few pictures.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0875.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0881.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0882.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0884.jpg

HeXoM
02-13-2011, 09:30 AM
http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0885.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0886.jpg

CassieLEO
02-13-2011, 10:25 AM
I absolutely LOVE your rocks in there. I am so excited for you right now!!! Cant wait to see how your tank ends up looking, so keep the pictures coming!!! :D

Cliff
02-13-2011, 02:30 PM
Good job one the rock work, I love the cave like structure you have made

Your rock looks fairly porous as well. Looks like your going to have a really great set-up

hockeyhead019
02-13-2011, 03:36 PM
Wow scaping looks great!! Looks really cool with the moon lights on too haha keep us updated but looks great so far!

HeXoM
02-14-2011, 12:06 AM
Thank you everybody : )
Fish will be goin in about 2 weeks.
I can't wait!

hockeyhead019
02-14-2011, 05:33 AM
Nice nice... any idea on the stocking plans?

HeXoM
02-23-2011, 09:31 PM
Nice nice... any idea on the stocking plans?


Sorry for late reply.

I have 2 chromises now, and will probably get 2 true percula clowns, 3 anthias (dno which ones yet), and maybe a purple tang.

HeXoM
02-23-2011, 09:32 PM
Alright guys, it's been 3 weeks since I filled up the tank. So far everything is doing great. I have added 2 blue/green Chromises that are having a blast in the new tank.
My diatoms are spreading everywhere and I will probably get a CUC this week. I want the diatoms to spread a little more on my dry rock.
I have also added another 5lbs of fiji premium live rock to the display and another 3lbs to the fuge. I already see my sand bed in my fuge coming to life. I have seen atleast 20 worms in my DSB. My cheato has grown twice its size in just a week.
I still havent gotten my protien skimmer due to some difficulties, but will get it soon. i hope :/

I also hung my MH on the ceiling about 10" above the water. I'm getting temps between 77.2 and 77.9. No more or less than that. I might get a fan for now till I get my chiller. I might just wait till spring is over for that.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0916.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0929.jpg

Cliff
02-23-2011, 09:46 PM
Your tank still looks great, even with the diatoms

I would be careful and do I a little more research on the purple tang. I read somewere they can get over 9" and need a 100 gallon tank.

I don't know how accurate that is, but you might want to look into it.

hockeyhead019
02-23-2011, 11:04 PM
Very cool set up! I'll second Cliff's comment on the tang

Also how do you like the chromis'? I've been cotemplating gettin a couple but can't decide haha

HeXoM
02-23-2011, 11:38 PM
Your tank still looks great, even with the diatoms

I would be careful and do I a little more research on the purple tang. I read somewere they can get over 9" and need a 100 gallon tank.

I don't know how accurate that is, but you might want to look into it.

lol thanks Cliff

I've done quite a lot of reasearch on the purple tang. I've talked to 3 members already who have purple tangs in their 50-60 gallon cubes and they ahve been doing great.
They say a minimum of 70 gallons but they seem to be doing just fine in there tanks. But I'm still going to search and see if it will be ok.
The last thing I want is a stressed out fish.

They said if I buy him when he's only an inch long, he will be ok down the line.
But I might have to get rid of him in like 6-7 years when he reaches the max size. : (

Still deciding though. Not making any final decisions yet.


Very cool set up! I'll second Cliff's comment on the tang

Also how do you like the chromis'? I've been cotemplating gettin a couple but can't decide haha


lmao I honestly love them. I see them playing around all day long. I'm thinking of getting one more to add to the group. They always swim together and play tag haha

I even catch them kissing every now and then lol
I'm not sure if that it a sign of mating or showing dominance.
Got to see what that is about.

PandaLUV
02-24-2011, 08:38 AM
That is one hawt tank. And i love the moon lighting lol, looks so crazy!

HeXoM
02-26-2011, 11:17 AM
^Thanks bro

Alright guys, here is a pretty big update.


So I got my skimmer today (AquaC EV 120 with Mag 7 pump) and it fit like a glove. I had my first chamber to fit this skimmer perfectly. Skimmers go through a break in period but this thing started skimming within an hour. I tried to tune it a bit but it start skimming again. So I'm letting it do it's thing. The skimate is a pretty dark brown color. It isn't too wet but not too dry. I guess I had some nasty stuff in my tank. It's funny, because my tanks water clarity is amazing. It got so much more clear. My dad even noticed and I hadn't even told him I put the skimmer in already. So it made a huge difference. I am very happy with this skimmer.
It's really sturdy and solid. Build quality is amazing, and the design is brilliant. Very easy to tune and not complicated. The barbed fitting on the collection cup is a great feature. I'm using a bottle for now so the cup won't overflow when I least expect it. I'll wait until I can afford the AquaC Auto-Waste Container. Overall, it's a great skimmer.

I had to raise it about 2 inches, but just enough room so I can take off the collection cup. You only need about 1" of room to take it off.


I also put some eggcrate in between the first and second chamber for 2 reasons. First, it won't let me cheato sneak into the first chamber and get inside my skimmers pump. Second, my snails and crabs are too big to get through it. I put some critters in there to sift my DSB and I don't want them getting sucked into the pump.

I also put some eggcrate in between my bubble trap so it will suspend my foam pad and carbon. It won't get as dirty and it much easier to clean.


So last night I was staring at my fuge for like 30 minutes and found a tiny brittle star on my rocks and I got pretty excited but then I noticed something else.
I saw this little microscopic white thing move across my glass. I take a closer look and there are hundreds off them. Looks like a got copepods in my fuge. Then tonight I took a look inside my tank and they are all over my glass. So I'm pretty happy about that.
It's also been one week since I've added my cheato and it has, no joke, quadrupled in size. It just don't stop growing. It looks bigger everyday.


My chromises are really happy, eating very well, always active. I see the big one picking on the small one sometimes but then the small one grew some balls and started stealing his food lol


I also got my clean up crew today from LiveAquaria.
They came very well packaged. First time ordering from them and I am very impressed. They all came alive and well.
I got:
1 Emerald Crab
15 Dwarf Blue Leg Hermit Crabs
10 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs
10 Astraea Turbo Snails
15 Cerith Snails
3 Nassarius Snails


I probably get more when there is more source of food. I dont have that much live rock and my diatoms are half gone now. So they are really cleaning up.
I hope they don't starve.

Now for some pictures. I know you guys like pictures :D

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0945.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0943.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0941.jpg

Lady Hobbs
02-26-2011, 12:49 PM
Fantasic. Great setups. Love all of it.

hockeyhead019
02-26-2011, 05:57 PM
Very nice... I like the layout of your sump man, very clean looks very professional

Cliff
02-26-2011, 07:06 PM
Good job with the plumbing in your sump. Nice and neat

You know you have some SW nuts replying in your thread when the first comments are about your sump :hmm3grin2orange:

HeXoM
02-28-2011, 05:27 AM
^hahaha the more the merrier!


Thanks everybody :D


Hey guys, I think I might have a problem but not sure.
I have a little bit of detritus building up in my drain and return area.
I have a 100 micron sock that I clean every 3 days and this stuff just doesn't stop collecting.
Is there a way to stop this or is this normal?

Cliff
02-28-2011, 01:04 PM
I got a lot of that in the beginning as well.

I think it's normal, at least it is for my tank

When I do my weekly water changes, I will also try to syphon that crud out of the sump. I will clean up some (about 1/4) of the substrate in the main tank every second weekly water change as well. Seams to work well for my set-up. Only small amounts of "stuff" in my sump now. I even stopped using a filter sock a month or two ago.

If the build-up gets too big, than it could effect your water quality

I've never really worried about it in my tank as I have 0 phosphates and less than 1 ppm of nitrate.

hockeyhead019
02-28-2011, 04:48 PM
Hmm never had any crud build up in my sump, but I think it could have something to do with whatever is living in my sump haha no idea what they are but every now and then something will zip out of my algae to the LR, I assume they're pods but don't know...

As to your crud issue I wouldn't worry too much just make sure you siphon it out whenever you can like Cliff mentioned and you'll be fine

HeXoM
03-03-2011, 07:35 AM
We'll it's starting to slowly stop collecting as much now. I guess my filter sock is catching it.

I'm at my first month of having fish and I've been stuck on 10ppm nitrates for 2 weeks. My cheato was dying but I revivied it with a new light.


Also, i do 5 gallon water changes a week. Is that enough?

hockeyhead019
03-03-2011, 09:35 PM
You should be good with that. It just takes a while for the nitrate eating bacteria colonies to get up to speed, keep an eye on your feedings and make sure you aren't over feeding since that can be a big source or trAtes

If it keeps up you might wanna up you water change, but not right away do it in small incrememts

HeXoM
03-04-2011, 07:10 AM
^Thanks man. I was a little worried there.

But other than that, everything is doing great.
I'll do 6 gallons next time I do my waterchange.

HeXoM
03-17-2011, 12:02 PM
Hey guys, got a small update.
Haven't done any really big changes.

My diatoms are almost all gone. I still have about 1ppm nitrates.
My CUC is cleaning it up before I can even take a look at it.

I have little mini stars all over my glass.
They are barely barely 1mm in size, just a tad smaller.

My DSB is already starting to show signs of life. All sorts of worms, and stars, and critters in there. My fuge is full of pods and are starting to fill up the DT.

I also have new additions to the tank.
2 wild ocellaris clowns. They are really healthy and eating normally. They are getting along with chromises just fine. No aggression at all.
The male always seems to stay back when it's feeding time but I make sure he always eats. While all my fish come to the top during my feedings, the male is near the bottom. He eats, but it's like he is scared to roam with the bigger fish.
My clowns are already sleeping together side by side. It's so cute :D
Glad to see them pair up.
Since they are wild, I'm thinking of getting an anemone. Just don't know which one yet.

Alright guys, here are some pix.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0977-2.jpg

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0978.jpg

Cliff
03-17-2011, 01:03 PM
Your tank keeps looking better and better

I've read some info that suggests certain types of clowns prefer certain types of anemones more than others. You might want to start there if your going to look into which type os anemone to get.

HeXoM
03-29-2011, 11:09 AM
^Thanks buddy.
I've done some research and this is really a hit or miss situation.
I'll look further into it though.

Mini Update

Got my first frag yesterday.
I won it at a frag swap : )

So far it's doing great. Withing 10 minutes of it being inside my tank, it had full polyp extension. I hope it down well. I'm keeping a really close on it.

Forgot what kind of sps this is but if someone can ID this, I would really appreciate it.
If I'm not mistaken, I think it's a Green Stylophora.

http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d61/minebusta/IMG_0998.jpg

Cliff
03-29-2011, 01:35 PM
Now your set-up is really going to come alive more and more now that you have started to add corals thumbs2:

It almost looks like a stylophora, but it's hard to tell form the pic. Yours seams to have a lot longer polyps that the one I have.

Keep a close eye on the parameters and he should be fine. As your tank is still new, I would suggest looking into adding liquid coral food. I use the below at about a 1/4 dose, twice a week, and it seams to be helping my SPS.

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/review/showproduct.php?product=441&cat=500

HeXoM
03-30-2011, 04:18 AM
Thanks Cliff : )

The tank has really changed in the past few weeks.
Starting to have green algae growing. Like the green you see in the pick above.
Coralline algae is starting to show up on my dry rock.
My diatoms are gone : )
I have mini starfish all over my glass and sump.
Pods are starting to pop up everywhere.
So far, so good.


I did my tests today and I got.

API
Salinity: 35ppt (refractrometer)
PH: 8ppm
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm
Phosphate: 0ppm

Salifert
Magnesium: 1300ppm (want 1350)
Alkalinity: 8.3dkh (want 9)
Calcium: 385ppm (want 420-440)


My large BRS 2 part solutions are coming Friday, so I'll start dosing shortly.
Are these parameters ok for now?

I found out that the coral is a Green Pocillopora Damicornis.


Also, which Korallen-Zucht ZEOvit should I get?
Which one would you recommend?

Cliff
03-30-2011, 12:30 PM
I would recommend the small pack of all 4 to get a really wide range of food. If you can only get one, get the Coral Vitalizer.

HeXoM
03-30-2011, 10:16 PM
Thanks Cliff
You've been a big help.

HeXoM
04-28-2011, 03:24 AM
Hey guys, I have a problem and I need some help.
I've been going through a diatom bloom for past 2 weeks and I found the source. It was from my RO/DI filter, so I changed my filters.

But I'm still going through the diatom bloom. I also have a cyano in my sump, but I wasnt too worried till now. I noticed that the cyano is starting to grow over my diatoms in the DT.

I just added a TLF-150 phosphate reactor with 250ml of RowaPhos media yesterday. I'm hoping it'll help. I'm also doing 10 gallon water changes every weekend.

I had a chromis die about a month ago but I never found him. Do you think the dead fish might be the problem? Even after this long.


My parameters are:
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm
Phosphate: undetectable with API Test Kit

My skimmer is on 24/7 and I change my filter sock every 3-4 days.
I feed 2 times a day and I'm feeding less. I'm only feeding mysis at the moment and I always rinse it before I feed it.

Is there anything else I can do guys?
I dont want cyano going crazy in my DT.

Cliff
04-28-2011, 01:03 PM
I just noticed you also ask the same question in another thread (which I responded to)

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=77585

In addition to my comments in the other thread, have you considered using biobeeds ? They have really helped me to controll nitrates and phosphates. I have never had any phosphates show up on my Sailfert test kit, and my nitrates are always just less than 1 ppm (Sailfert test kit as well). I don't even use any phosban or other phosphate removing media

hockeyhead019
04-28-2011, 06:37 PM
I don't think it's the missing chromis, the pods take pretty good care of any fish that have bit the dust.

How old is the tank again Hex? Because my tank is literally doing the same thing haha well minus the diatoms they went away a couple weeks ago. I've read that cyano has a lot to do with flow of the water.

Also the reactor was a good idea but will take a couple days to really kick in I think, so I'd just wait it out for a little and see what happens.

HeXoM
04-28-2011, 09:12 PM
I just noticed you also ask the same question in another thread (which I responded to)

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=77585

In addition to my comments in the other thread, have you considered using biobeeds ? They have really helped me to controll nitrates and phosphates. I have never had any phosphates show up on my Sailfert test kit, and my nitrates are always just less than 1 ppm (Sailfert test kit as well). I don't even use any phosban or other phosphate removing media


Thanks for the response Cliff.
Are biobeeds the same as biopellets?

Cliff
04-28-2011, 09:15 PM
Basically the same thing but made by different companys

I used these:

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/review/showproduct.php?product=425&cat=500

HeXoM
04-28-2011, 09:17 PM
I don't think it's the missing chromis, the pods take pretty good care of any fish that have bit the dust.

How old is the tank again Hex? Because my tank is literally doing the same thing haha well minus the diatoms they went away a couple weeks ago. I've read that cyano has a lot to do with flow of the water.

Also the reactor was a good idea but will take a couple days to really kick in I think, so I'd just wait it out for a little and see what happens.


I have a 50 gallon cube.
Ya, I'm going to let the reactor run for a few days and see what happens.
I'm also going to buy a gravel siphon and start doing 15 gallon water changes every week.

If it's not going away, do you guys recommend getting red slime remover?
My cyano is starting to grow long strings of hair.


I have a Magdrive 9.5 as my return. My overflow can't handle anymore flow or else it will start overflowing. I have a Korallia 1050gph powerhead also.
is this enough flow?

Cliff
04-28-2011, 09:24 PM
By looking at the pics of your tank (first 2 pages of this journal), I'm thinking you might have some dead spots in the front of and behind your rocks

I would try setting you current powerhead to move water infornt of your rock and add a second one to move water behind your rock.

But keep in mind, it's hard for me to be accurate here as I can't actually see the water moving. This is just my best guess based on my experiances

HeXoM
04-28-2011, 09:39 PM
By looking at the pics of your tank (first 2 pages of this journal), I'm thinking you might have some dead spots in the front of and behind your rocks

I would try setting you current powerhead to move water infornt of your rock and add a second one to move water behind your rock.

But keep in mind, it's hard for me to be accurate here as I can't actually see the water moving. This is just my best guess based on my experiances


I dont think I have dead spots because when I stur up the sand the debris is blasted all over the tank. I dont see anything settling to the bottom. My overflow also sucks water near the bottom of my big shelf rock.
I can try to point my returns near the back of the tank.
I might even buy another korallia today.

Is it a good idea to keep my lights off for a few days too?

Cliff
04-28-2011, 09:48 PM
From what I've read, the three best things to do get ride of cayno is:
- ensure no deadspots & good water flow
- remove the food supply (nirates and phosphates)
- and clean it up

Just make sure you have no dead spots along with everything else you are planning on doing and you should be fine. You could point the one return next to the power head behind the rocks and leave the other one as is. That might be worth a try.

I would not cut back on your lighting yet as your coral my not like it

hockeyhead019
04-29-2011, 12:04 AM
I'd say a blackout day could be needed if it's really bad... I'm talking like tank engulfing, but assuming you haven't reached anywhere near that point yet I'd just let it run it's path and make sure you siphon it out when you do WC's.

HeXoM
04-29-2011, 09:29 AM
Just did a 10 gallon water change while siphoning everything up.
I also blasted the cyano off the rocks as well.

Also rinsed the cyano that was sitting on my cheato.
I will probably do another 10 gallon water change on Saturday.

I hope all this work will pay off.

I'm also going to buy another 1050gph Korallia.

kaybee
04-30-2011, 02:37 PM
...Phosphate: undetectable with API Test Kit...

IMO this test kit brand isn't accurate enough for low range phosphate testing.

As I understand it, API's PO4 test kit only measure's phosphate down to 0.25ppm (it displays different colors for the following incremental levels: 10ppm, 5ppm, 2ppm, 1ppm, 0.5ppm, then 0.25ppm followed by 0.0ppm.

0.ppm-0.25ppm is actually a huge span (and to my eyes the colors on the API chart for 0ppm and 0.25ppm are very similar).

Readings as low as 0.03ppm are sufficient to fuel cyanobacteria. A PO4 level of 0.12ppm (4x the level sufficient to enable cyano growth), or any level between 0.05-0.20ppm will most likely appear as a 0ppm reading with API's kit.

You may want to try to find a test kit or device that can test levels that are lower than 0.10ppm but greater than 0ppm.

I personally use a low-range phosphate photometer which can detect phosphate levels down to 0.01ppm.

Cliff
04-30-2011, 02:48 PM
I have found this test kit to be accurate and easy to read

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/review/showproduct.php?product=423&cat=500

HeXoM
05-01-2011, 11:08 AM
I wanted to get Salifert test in the begining but they are expensive.
I own 3 Salifert test kits for my calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium. They are are great.

I'll definitely buy the Salifert nitrate and phosphate. I might even get the silicate kit as well.


So far I've had my lights off for 3 days, done three 10 gallon water changes (while siphoning the sand), repositioned my returns and powerhead to get more flow in low flow areas, and feeding once a day with rinsed out mysis.
I'll probably do one more water change and I will turn the lights back on. My corals are doing fine. They seem to be hanging in there.
I turned my light on today and the water was cyrstal clear. Looked like I ran ozone with a uv steralizer lmao. I have never seen water so clean and clear. My sand is pure white again.

I just hope, when I turn my lights back on, I wont have any of this algae growing back. My phosphate reactor has been running for a week now, so I hope it lowered my phosphates and silicate.

I also just bought another Koralia 1050gph powerhead from petmountain.com. Got it for $36 and 2 more things to make it $60 so I get free shipping : )
Great sale guys, sale is ending on the 2nd.

I'll keep you guys updated.
I'm fighting this thing hard and I just hope it pays off.

hockeyhead019
05-01-2011, 09:22 PM
I think the extra flow will help and the phosphate reactor has probably been working non stop to get rid of all the extra since when the algae dies it re-releases phos into the water column... good to hear you got things cleared up though! Maybe some pics???

And hopefully they stay nice and cleared up for you!

HeXoM
05-03-2011, 10:05 AM
Ya man, I just hope.


I'll post some pictures tomorrow.

I also raised my PH to 8.3. Read that nuisance algae can't grow as well in high PH. So I hope that helps as well.

I did 4 things to get rid of this without any meds.
I feel good : )

drnszgy
01-17-2012, 04:18 AM
Hi, that's really nice. I like them pretty much. I built the similar one last year. I used FIRE starphire tank. I guess the tank was made by a Chinese manufacturer. The quality is also very good. I will try to show some of those pictures next time...

HeXoM
01-18-2012, 09:58 AM
Thanks bud