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1 hour ago, onthefly said:

Suhweet!

 

Sitting at 7week..and no email yet!

 

BTW...I just saw that AI "nerf"d" their HD line with a firmware update...making it so people can "overdrive" their LEDs...and potentially burn their lenses (probably for the best!).  Anyway,  I just called WB and switched from 3x Primes to 2x Radion G5 Blues....so excited!

The waiting is the hardest part!  Have you called Waterbox to see if you can get any additional details?  Chris was very helpful, the other girl who works CS, not as much. Mine ended up getting stuck in a container at customs for an additional two weeks after it "arrived".

 

That's crazy about AI, I hadn't heard that! ¬†Can't imagine you'll be disappointed with the Radions, they're top notch. ¬†When I was doing the research it came down to the XR15 and the Kessil A360X. ¬†I ended up with the Kessil because I really liked the simplicity and small form factor.¬†The fact that with their "Kessil logic"¬†you can adjust the color to whatever is pleasing to your eye and still be providing the correct spectrum to the corals was very¬†appealing. Seemed almost idiot-proof¬†ūüėÜ

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Nano_Addict

Daily update:

 

Day 10

Ammonia: 0.25-0.50ppm

Nitrite: >2ppm doesn’t match color chart. Potentially higher than available readings.

Nitrate: 50ppm

 

So in summary, ammonia is headed down which is good, but nitrite is sky high.  Based on the current trend it looks like I should hit ~0 ammonia in the next 2-3 days.  Hopefully after the ammonia has been processed the Nitrite will begin to subside as well.  Guessing I'll need at least another week to see any results.

 

There's also the nagging idea in the back of my head that I could just go buy a piece of live rock from the LFS and plunk it in the tank... patience, patience, patience!

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JonathanS

It will be filled with coral in no time at all. :wink:

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onthefly
On 1/23/2021 at 4:55 PM, Nano_Addict said:

"Chris was very helpful, the other girl who works CS, not as much."

You NAILED it right there!  She was useless, Chris is awesome!  Their popularity is booming right now, so the demand has definitely overpowered supply....oh well!  I can wait...and it's giving me time to think, re-think, re-re-think, wake up in the middle night think....things over LOL

On 1/23/2021 at 4:55 PM, Nano_Addict said:

 

That's crazy about AI, I hadn't heard that! ¬†Can't imagine you'll be disappointed with the Radions, they're top notch. ¬†When I was doing the research it came down to the XR15 and the Kessil A360X. ¬†I ended up with the Kessil because I really liked the simplicity and small form factor.¬†The fact that with their "Kessil logic"¬†you can adjust the color to whatever is pleasing to your eye and still be providing the correct spectrum to the corals was very¬†appealing. Seemed almost idiot-proof¬†ūüėÜ

I looked REALLY hard at the Kessil....love the look and simplicity.  

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Day 11

Ammonia 0.0-0.25

Nitrite - 2-5ppm

 

Day 12 

Ammonia - 0.0ppm or as close as the API test is going to show to 0

Nitrite - 2-5ppm

Nitrate - 75ppm

 

Finally, ammonia is at zero.  Now onto the nitrite! Hopefully it starts to subside soon.

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I'm sure this is getting repetitive, but just to keep a record going...

 

Day 13

Ammonia - 0.0ppm

Nitrite - 2-5ppm

Nitrate - 75 ppm

 

Day 14

Ammonia - 0.0ppm

Nitrite - 2-5ppm

 

I've found some interesting information regarding cycling and nitrite in reef tanks.  Specifically, this article ( http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-06/rhf/index.php ) points to the idea that we really don't need to worry about nitrite at all since the levels that would actually be considered toxic are hundreds or thousands of times higher than what we see in our tanks even during a cycle.

 

Also after reading this entire thread ( https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/how-to-unstick-any-seemingly-stuck-cycle.742202/ ) I'm debating giving the tank several large water changes, testing the parameters and seeing how things go.  Either way, nothing is happening until this weekend.

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Day 15 - performed 15 gallon (~40%) water change in an attempt to bring down nitrites and nitrates.

Ammonia - 0.0

Nitrite - 2-5

 

Nitrite test kit coloration is worthless, it's impossible to really tell where the kit is reading.  Nitrates did come down after the water change.  I plan to perform 1-2 more to bring the nitrates closer to an acceptable level (aiming for 10-20 to start).  Once I hit that point I'm going to test the waters with a snail and hermit.  If all goes well fish will be in there soon!

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Day 15- Day 23 (today)

      Ammonia - 0.0ppm

      Nitrite - 2-5ppm

 

So..... after testing that the tank was processing ammonia, on Day 15 I introduced a hermit and a snail to see how it handled some life and began lightly feeding.  After another 7 days I decided it was time to move the clowns over from the 20 gallon.  The 20 is still up and running in case for some reason ammonia were to spike in the new tank.  However after two days the clowns are fine and the ammonia is still reading 0.

 

If this holds, the 20 will be coming down next weekend and this tank will be fully up and running!

 

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onthefly

Sweet!  My 90.3 is supposed to ship next Monday

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Nano_Addict
1 hour ago, onthefly said:

Sweet!  My 90.3 is supposed to ship next Monday

Awesome! The wait is almost over!

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23 hours ago, onthefly said:

Sweet!  My 90.3 is supposed to ship next Monday

I'm waiting for a 90.3 as well. I just ordered it last week so I'm probably down on the list. 

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JonathanS

Excellent choice of clownfish @nano_addict !

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onthefly
On 2/10/2021 at 6:56 PM, brucebruce327 said:

I'm waiting for a 90.3 as well. I just ordered it last week so I'm probably down on the list. 

Gonna be good!  Worth the wait!

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So here we are, day 32 of Brightwell's "quick" cycle ūüôÉ.¬† Just tested the tank as I have been semi-regularly of late and ammonia still 0 and nitrites still 2-5 or higher.¬† Clownfish have been in the tank a full two weeks and are completely fine as is the pistol shrimp I added last week.¬† I've done 10g (~25%) water changes weekly for the past three weeks and that has done nothing for the nitrites.

 

The next step for this tank is to go lights on.¬† However, before I do that I need to get these nitrites under control so I can get an accurate reading on my nitrates.¬† I don't want to turn on the lights full blast with 100ppm nitrate and have a tank so thick with algae I can't see anything.¬† So, begrudgingly (mostly because I had a bottle lying around) I'm sticking with Brightwell and adding Microbacter7 beginning today following a slightly lower dose than the recommended for "high nutrient" systems. Let's hope this works¬†ūü§ě

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FORTY DAYS

 

It took forty days, but the tank is at 0 nitrite¬†ūüôŹ

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Brightwell needs to seriously reconsider their advertising for the Start XLM bacteria. The bacteria seemed to work really well at processing the ammonia which was great.  But it stalled dead and did nothing for the nitrite.  Ironically, it was the tried and true Microbacter 7 that got this tank to where it needed to be.  Almost immediately after beginning to dose MB7 I saw a reduction in nitrites and they were gone entirely after a week.  

 

After seeing that nitrites had gone to 0ppm, I tested nitrate and it was at a very acceptable 2-5ppm

 

Now that all the levels are where they need to be, it's about time to turn the lights on and see what happens¬†ūüėé . Oh and also play around with some new gear!

 

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Next on the todo list: some sort of lid, then a few more fish!

 

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I bet you see better results with the longer cycle! ¬†I have the Start kit as well (starting today actually), but I also bought to bottles of MB7 and MBclean. ¬†Just in case ūüôā

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1 hour ago, onthefly said:

I bet you see better results with the longer cycle! ¬†I have the Start kit as well (starting today actually), but I also bought to bottles of MB7 and MBclean. ¬†Just in case ūüôā

I'm hopeful that it results in a strong cycle, I see no reason why it shouldn't!  Interestingly, I could swear I'm seeing specs of coraline on the glass and rock (even though the light hasn't really been on save for a few hours yesterday).  If that's actually what it is, it must have hitchiked in on the hermit that I put in there a month ago.

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Anyway, I'm looking for some input on fish for this tank. Nothing will be happening for a few weeks yet, since I'm waiting for a lid to arrive from @Kraken Reef !!

However, in the meantime I'd like to get some feedback on my overall stocking list. Currently I'm thinking:

  • 2X clownfish
  • 1x Goby (either Yasha or Yellow watchmen) I've always had a soft spot for the watchmen since it was the first marine fish I bought when I started reefing 15 years ago.
  • Tailspot Blenny (Utilitarian to help eat algae off the rock and also a fish with a lot of personality from what I see online)

Here's where things it a little more complicated. I understand the limitations of a tank this size, but I really would love some fish that could form a small school. Obviously anthias are out and I'm not really a huge fan of cardinal fish. After researching, it seems like the fish below MIGHT be a good option.

  • 3X Blue Flasher Wrasse OR 3X Chalk Basslett.

That would leave me with 6 fish. Based on how I've set the filtration up on this tank I think it will be able to handle the bioload. I've also invested in a couple autofeeders to keep everyone well fed throughout the day. Additionally, I tried to select fish which inhabit different areas of the water column, so that they hopefully don't bother one another as much.

Looking for any feedback, positive or negative!

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Alkalinity

Love the build. Any updates ?

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On 3/24/2021 at 8:47 AM, Alkalinity said:

Love the build. Any updates ?

The past few weeks have been fairly quiet.  I've added a couple new pieces of equipment and the tank is starting to hit the ugly stage.  During a trip to the LFS for snails, I did come home with a skunk cleaner shrimp! I've always loved these shrimp and they make a great addition to the clean up crew so I just couldn't pass it up.

 

I also ordered and received a lid from @Kraken Reef!  This lid is 100% quality.  The fit and finish is so far above the screen kits i've used in the past and the integrated feeding slots for the Neptune AFS are perfect.

 

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First of the new fish to land in the the tank is a tailspot blenny!  Seems to be settling in nicely, and getting along well with the existing clownfish.

 

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I also recently added a CO2 scrubber to the tank.  The pH had been hovering between 7.8 and 8.0 during the day.  Immediately after adding the scrubber, the CO2 jumped and has been holding steady between 8.2 and 8.3.  While it isn't essential at the moment since the tank doesn't have any coral, I'm looking to get the parameters steady and hopefully add coral in the next couple months... plus CO2 media is cheap!

 

Quick snapshot of the pH before and after adding the scrubber.

 

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