29 gallon reef tank build.

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  1. Reefer805

    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    So I'm one week into my first ever build.
    Equipment
    Tank- aqueon 29 gallon
    Filter- Aquaclear 110 HOB, intank media basket
    Skimmer- Tunze 9001 in HOB filter.
    PowerHead- 2 koralia 425 nano, 1 aqueon 750
    Heater- Hydor 100w in HOB filter
    Lighting- soon to be ecotech 72DX
    Media used- floss, carbon, purigen, phosgard
    Decor-
    30lbs live rock
    40lbs live sand
    Current livestock-
    1- ocellaris clownfish
    1- scooter blenny

    Question is been cycling using seachem stability for 1 week and my parameters haven't changed. Is this normal?
    Nitrate 0ppm
    Nitrite 0ppm
    Ammonia 0ppm

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    NickNiz Active Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    I'd give it another two weeks or so just to be safe. Keep an eye out for an ammonia spike! Also that's a great looking tank...

    Also for the light, did you mean to say EcoRay? Not to pry, but at that price point there are a lot of more popular lights with more features. Check out Aqua Illumination. Their Hydra 26 or even Prime HD would suffice for a 29. They also come with the wifi capabilities to change the intensity of each color and set a lighting schedule through a smartphone app.
     
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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    The ecoray* sorry, is free. My buddy wanted it to go to a good home. I'll watch for an ammonia spike. I have well established fresh tanks. I'm assuming the nitrogen cycle works the same.
     
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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Update. Day 8 of cycling.
    Brown diatom algae has started to appear.
    Is this normal for this stage?
    When should I add a clean up crew?

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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    bump.
     
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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    bumping for further help?
     
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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Update day 10 of cycle, rescaped my tank and added more live rock. No too overcrowded though. Added two more power heads on controllers for a more natural wave like action. Parameters are still showing no ammonia, nitrate, nitrite. Gunna give it another week.

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    Drew_79 New Member

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    Looks good. Thanks for putting this together, Robert. I'm planning to copy this almost verbatim, so I'm very interested in seeing how it goes. Trying to figure out lighting right now. Want something sub $200. Been looking at Current USA Orbit LED lights, not sure if they're any good.
     
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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Drew it all depends what corals your going to put in your tank. The light is for corals and the look. You could get by with a dual t5ho light. Good luck and thanks for checking out my build.
     
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    Ranjib Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Build Thread Contributor

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    Diatom blooms are common. I won't worry about it. If you still didn't detect ammonia,then its risky to have fish in there. Did you try ghost feeding ? Or any other means of testing that cycle is completed ?
     
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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Using api test kit everyday
     
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    Going mostly softies to start. I figure once I get those down, I can look at upgrading the light (assuming I need to) and going with LPS and then SPS.
     
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    Update. Day 14 of cycle.
    Parameters:
    0 Ammonia
    .25 nitrite
    10 nitrate
    After rescape and new positioning of my powerheads I noticed some crown type creatures on my new live rock. Rock was cured and inspected before placing in tank. A picture has been attached.

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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Another picture of potential hitchhiker:

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    Reefer805 Active Member Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Update: got my Ecoray 72DX reef light back from Ecoray and I couldn't be happier. Finally some real reef lighting!

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    Day 16 of cycle:
    Parameters
    Ammonia-0.25ppm
    Nitrite-0.00ppm
    Nitrate-0.25ppm
    Phosphate-0.25ppm
    Calcium-420ppm
    dKh-14
    ph-8.3
     
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    Mr.Rocc Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Your Params are looking good. Rule of thumb, atleast for me, as a beginner I would wait a month until I add things to the tank including CUC. Also, most people would tell you theres no need for the light during the cycle since that would only create a larger bloom. How are the koralias working for you? I had them on my super old 20 gallon and seemed to be super loud.
     
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    For the price of the Current USA Orbit, you are better off getting a chinese black box type light or even a SB Reeflight 16". They have a light that comes with a built in timer for right around $200, and either of these lights will definitely outperform the Current Orbit USA, and you wont have to upgrade, because the black boxes can grow anyting. i have 2 over my 75 gallon system and my corals are growing great.
     
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    zachxlutz 120 Gallons of FUN R2R Supporter Reef Tank 365 Build Thread Contributor

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    Looking good! I like how you hung your light... I had to hang my 48" T5 lights from the ceiling and ended up having to add a support to the ceiling. I wonder if I could have implemented your method somehow. Keep it up!
     
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    Mr.Rocc Valuable Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    SB Reeflights 16" Extreme Wifi for 250$ is the ticket. You can control it from your phone, is as intense as the radions and kessles, and can be connected to other sb lights.
     
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