First Time Salt Water Tank.....

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  1. Xathron

    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, now if I can get the light to work it will be one more hurdle off the list..:oops:
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    OK, back on track to get the tank running. Now that I got the lights up and working on day 2 of the bulb burn in.

    Salt is steady at 1.026
    PH- 8.2
    Alkalinity- 139ppm
    Phosphate- 0.02
    Everything else is at 0

    Just start to add in the bacteria and stuff with the Red Sea Reef Mature ( I hope on the right track)

    Had to cut the Gyre 280 back to 20% see if that helps. It was moving all the sand on the other end away.
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    Sand all fixed lets see how that works outo_O
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    OK, so on day 2 of adding Nitro Bac and N03-P04-x readings are as follows

    Tank Temp 79.1
    Salt 1.027
    PH 8.2
    Phosphate 0.28
    Nitrite- 0-0.05
    Nitrate 2
    Ammonia 0-0.02
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    The tank has a some what cloudy in the water today:oops:
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    OK I have had water in tank now since 11-19-16. Been using the Red Sea Reef Mature kit

    Temp 78.8
    Salt 1.026
    Phosphate 0.0 (Hanna Checker)
    Alkalinity 180 = 10.08 (Hanna Checker)
    N03 Nitrate 2 (Red Sea Test)
    No2 Nitrite 0.1 (Red Sea Test)
    NH3/NH4 Ammonia 0 (Red Sea Test)
    Magnesium 1400ppm (Red Sea Test)
    Calcium 410ppm (Red Sea Test)
    PH 7.68


    OK, so is anything out of wack ? Need to be doing something different ?
     
  5. sk8elenex92

    sk8elenex92 Well-Known Member

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    So far so good. Just let it keep cycling. I'm sure by adding the bacteria and all it will speed it up but patients works best in this hobby.
    The cloudy water could be bacterial bloom. Should go away. Are you adding any thing else to the tank?
     
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    italquam Well-Known Member

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    great build
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    Well it has been a while since I have done any updates. Have added some life to the tanks....

    Not the best pictures but its a start... 00AB95C3-.jpg

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    Really nice looking build. Did you plumb the Vectra in the sump or in the back, where you had the previous pump? Apex, you might consider adding one of their leak detection probes in the dry area behind your sump.
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I plumb it in the back behind the sump. Added the leak detector to the list
     
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    Chrisfish Well-Known Member Reef Squad Partner Member

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    Nice additions to your tank, been following your thread and really like your rock scape:)
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Chris
     
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    Duplicate Post
     
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    Nice ! Which model is that ?
    I just ordered a new LifeReef Sump and Refugium from Jeff today. I am on a waiting list, but I can't wait until he builds mine out.
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    It is the LF1-300s
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    Even awhile just thought I would post a tank update . IMG_9177.JPG
     
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    5280Reefer Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Beautiful tank!
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    Small clip from the start till today
     
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    cale0721 Well-Known Member ETRC Member

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    Love the aquascape! Great job.
     
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    Nice build which lfs do you shop at
     
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    Xathron Well-Known Member

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    I use the Aquarium Design Group off of beltway 8 , also use FJW off of Mangum
     
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