@ badfish: I cut off that tab back when I made the fuge, thanks for the tip
That pic is what the lowest setting on the AC does to my sand. if it was on full, or half flow then there would be NO sand at the front lol! Still a bit puzzled about the sand being pushed back but I'm kinda growing to like the sloped look
@ prtrini01: I was thinking that too...Here is what I did-
1. added SW and ran for a day.
2.added live rock on second day.
3.let it run for 3 days and tested to find nothing but nitrates.
4. after a week with only live rock in there I added my live sand and expected a spike of something.
5. after 4 days the live sand settled and I was able to get the above readings. still nothing but an slight increase of nitrates...WEIRD!
I was actually thinking of giving this thing until the 20th to show me an ammonia spike or something (I set it up on the 6th) but If you feel that I should give it a month instead of 2 weeks, then maybe I should.
If it remained stable like this, then I was originally planning on adding a hermit and 3 snails as the clean up crew on the 20th but...
Another questions though, if I do let it run for a month, what would supply ammonia into the system? wouldn't the nitrifying bacteria die off from no source by then? (this is why I kinda wanted the crab+snails)
Another thing is that I do not see any diatom bloom or any brown algae on the glass...I do not run the light at all so maybe thats why I haven't gotten it yet? Since there's no algae in there when I (hypothetically ) ad my snails+crab then I supposed I would feed them on dried seaweed for a while...
Another Question: If I see my nitrates go up to 20 ppm, do you guys advise me to do a small water change to lower them, or do you think that I should leave the nitrates there to fee the anaerobic bacteria?
What can you guys advise for me to do?
I really appreciate all this help
Edited by .Newman., 16 February 2010 - 12:30 PM.