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Hi everyone and welcome to my tank's journal!

 

**Project Presentation**

Since I was a child, I have always been fascinated by corals. Long story short, the aim of this tank will be to maintain SPS corals along with a few specimens of LPS. I am not yet too sure about the fish population as I want to limit excessive bioload.

 

**Equipements**

Tank - The "infamous" Nuvo Fusion 10
Lighthing - Maxspect RSX Nano 50W (I am in love with it 😍)

DC pump - MightyJet DC Desktop w/ RFG from VCA
Heating - EHEIM 50 Watts
ATO/AWC – AUTOAQUA Touch Kit
Homemade R/O water using ATI Absolute Ocean "Liquid" Salt
7lbs Dry rock, bare bottom

**Maintenance**

I am planning on doing small, daily WC using the AUTOAQUA AWC function to export nutrients and maintain water parameters. In the sump I will probably use filter floss and Purigen.

 

The tank has been running for 10 days now and is still cycling.

Here's a picture for you guys

 

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Sunday

Hi everyone!

 

I am struggling a bit with the cycling of my tank...

 

It's been running for three weeks now and here are the parameters i have been getting:

 

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The thing is I have trouble reading my Salifert Ammonia test, for instance today i get something like that:

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I am reading around 0.15 here...but I am not even sure...and i have been getting this exact same result for the past 2 weeks...

 

But according to the NO2 and NO3 test results I should not have any ammonia in the tank anymore...

 

Maybe it's worth mentioning i got some diatoms at the end of week 1 which went away and no GHA took its place. I haven't ghost fed the tank, I used dry rock + blue sponge which has been previously held in the refugium of a larger tank (it was basically full of bacteria, micro and macro fauna when I placed it in the tank on day 1).

 

So should I consider ammonia to be 0? Is the cycle complete?


Thanks guys! 🤗

 

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billygoat

Those dang Salifert tests... what the heck color is that anyway? 🤔

 

One way to test if your tank is cycled is to intentionally load it with ammonia and see how long it takes for the tank to convert that ammonia into nitrate. The best way to do this is to use a supplement such as Dr. Tim's to add a known quantity of ammonia to your tank and chart the amount of time it takes to reduce that ammonia down to zero. You could also just throw a piece of shrimp or something in there to get the ammonia levels up, and then remove it and see how long it takes your readings to drop back down. If the system can process a decent amount of ammonia (I'd say ~2ppm or so) within 24 hours I would say it is probably cycled.

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On 5/5/2019 at 6:11 AM, billygoat said:

Those dang Salifert tests... what the heck color is that anyway? 🤔

 

Literally what I've been wondering for a month lol

I decided to switch to Red Sea Ammonia Test and wasn't disappointed - it's way easier to read the results! And thus as I was expecting, 0 ammonia in the tank. I ghost fed and nothing significant happened so everything's good!

 

So, small update on the tank! 😀


I received from VCA my RFG which is not retailed here in France - at least for the IM tanks, a shame bc i paid more for shipping than the actual product 😪. I feel like the flow is way better than with the Spin Stream Nozzle (which was making a terrible noise even after 2 weeks breaking in...).

I also switched my salt, now using ATI absolute ocean, which is basically liquid salt.

 

And then the exciting stuff 🤗- I added my first corals, 2 small acans frags. They've been opening up slowly since thursday, feeding them helped i guess 😂. I am not going to add any fish yet as I want to focus on coral maintenance first.

 

Next step - adding some SPS frags.

 

Cheers 😎

 

 

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Sunday

Sunday's sunday update! 😁

Some quick shots of the recently added corals!

 

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Eventually everything should grow big and strong! Can't wait!

 

Have a nice Sunday! 😋

 

EDIT: got some troubles with uploading images 🤨 apparently solved 👍

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Sunday

Hey!

So today I was observing my torch coral and I've noticed that some of its tips are kind of branching - is that common for an euphyllia glabrescens?

 

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Also I was wondering, do you think it's getting enough flow?

 

 

Thanks!

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SURVEYMAN46123

Flow looks good. 

 

My torches would have tentacles that would do that when I kept them.   Nothing to worry about.

 

 

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pokerdobe

Torches sometimes have random growths on tentacles. No worries. 

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