Lab Tank Progress

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  1. nando2323

    nando2323 Member

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    So I work in a Toxicology Laboratory and have access to "real" lab grade pretty much everything. I just purchased a Biocube 32 for the office and I will be using lab grade RO .001 TDS water for this build, and lab grade ammonium chloride 80% pure for the fishless cycle which is only .5ml for 30 gallons, me and the head chemist did the math :). I have a 70gal at home now that I use consumer grade stuff with and I have great success I just wonder if the lab grade RO really will make any difference. I'll post first pics soon.
     
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    Jason mack Monti madness R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

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    Here is the first picture of it, aquascaped and filled with that lab grade RO water. I am using RedSea Reef Pro salt. Initial tests are SG 1.026 need to bring it down a bit, temp 78, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0. I will add the Ammonium Chloride tomorrow morning to get it to 3+ PPM.

    Tank Equipment:

    BioCube 32 LED
    27Lbs of Dry Rock
    20lbs of fiji pink sand
    Hydor Slim Skim Nano
    2 bags of Matrix in Sump
    Hydor Nano Powerhead
    Inkbird Temperature Controller
    125W Heater
    Tunze Osmolator

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    Just put in the live stock for the past 3 weeks. 2 Gladiator Clowns, Blood Red Shrimp, Cleaner Shrimp, 10 Margarita Snails, 5 Hermits and a Frogspawn that I transferred from my home tank. Those were all sparingly put in over the past 3 weeks after the cycle was done.
     
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    Here is a side shot of it I just took. I can't believe how clean and clear the water is at this point, not sure if that has to do with the lab grade RO or not. Parameters are 0 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 10 Nitrate 1.025 Salinity been doing bi-weekly 5 gal water changes using RedSea Coral Pro.

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    Makes me happy to see the powerhead so close to the Fiji pink and not blowing it around; I wasn’t sure about that diameter sand
     
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