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Today I returned my Maxspect XF330s and replaced them with MP40s. I’m not sure if I got unlucky but the noise was unbearable. Measured a 10dB high pitchwhine at 60%... The Vortech MP40s are totally silent in comparison.

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Started cycling. So if all goes well I won’t be posting for a few weeks :D
 
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The cycle completed on Saturday :cool:: I dosed 2mg/l ammonium chloride on Friday and confirmed 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites after 24h. As I have been following Dr Tim's fishless cycling method I was running hot 28°C (82.4°F) and low salinity (26ppt). I have been slowly decreasing temperature and increasing salinity.

Unfortunately my nitrates are through the roof. The Salifert test maxes out at over 100ppm (a dilution test shows the true value might even be 200ppm). I am not sure where all the nitrates came from as my RODI is perfect 0µS/cm (I have a dual DI-Resin stage on the output) and I only dosed about 8mg/l ammonia in total... Maybe those dead clams I had at the start have put out a ton more ammonia than I thought?

So to be safe I will be doing a full water change and start fresh, which will delay me by a few days. Better safe than sorry.
 
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Our first denizens arrived on Wednesday:
A GSP island and Royal Gramma boy named Claude.


After a very traumatic car journey, both seem to be doing much better now.
 
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Our first denizens arrived on Wednesday:
A GSP island and Royal Gramma boy named Claude.


After a very traumatic car journey, both seem to be doing much better now.
Very nice. Enjoy the life in the tank. I just posted a video of my tank from today. The GSP island you see in the video started as a tiny frag. It grows like crazy and will even spread on the sand. You will have to trim it. Can't wait to see how your tank progresses. I know it is hard waiting but you are smart to go slow. I bought a bunch of corals and fish in the 1st 6 months. I lost a few corals and a lot of fish. Once the tank/rocks are 9-12 months old it is waaaaay more stable.
 

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By the way, have citric acid on hand at the 6 month mark. Maybe sooner. I had been turning up my Jebao sow8 and reefwave25 gradually to improve flow. I cleaned both in citric acid today and had to turn the sow8 to its lowest setting and the reefwave25 to 30% (it was at 70%). I can't believe the difference.
 
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The cycle completed on Saturday :cool:: I dosed 2mg/l ammonium chloride on Friday and confirmed 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites after 24h. As I have been following Dr Tim's fishless cycling method I was running hot 28°C (82.4°F) and low salinity (26ppt). I have been slowly decreasing temperature and increasing salinity.

Unfortunately my nitrates are through the roof. The Salifert test maxes out at over 100ppm (a dilution test shows the true value might even be 200ppm). I am not sure where all the nitrates came from as my RODI is perfect 0µS/cm (I have a dual DI-Resin stage on the output) and I only dosed about 8mg/l ammonia in total... Maybe those dead clams I had at the start have put out a ton more ammonia than I thought?

So to be safe I will be doing a full water change and start fresh, which will delay me by a few days. Better safe than sorry.
You running a refugium? Mine has kept my phosphates at 0.02 and nitrates at 0 unless I feed a lot. FYI
 
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You running a refugium? Mine has kept my phosphates at 0.02 and nitrates at 0 unless I feed a lot. FYI
No this was just from cycling. There was nothing alive in there except bacteria. I will need to wait quite some time to see the running nitrates (once I add more livestock). The skimmer already takes a lot out before it’s processed to nitrates. If your fuge takes too much nitrates out you could just reduce the light period on your chaeto, save some money on food and electricity.
 

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