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This is my first reef tank. I want to document how I started my reef tank. And the fun journey now begins. Spent only $150 on tank with stand. $200 for everything else with test kits. January 17th/ 2021 Started the tank off with Auqaforest BIO S. Fluval 13.5 reef tank Fluval reef tank stand 12 pounds of rock. Fluval sea mini protein skimmer Fluval salt salinity measure Fluval heater 40w Marina powered temp checker Aquaforest reefsalt 2kg bag Gravle vacuum Marina glass cleaner **Fluval led stock** retired March 2021 SPECIAL Thank you to WAI'S AQUARIUM LTD CALGARY, AB I wanted to try some really fine sand but that was a mistake and now have to switch it out with water changes as I clean tank. anyone have any experience with adding in sand should I do a cup a week to not make my level spike with the new sand that I will be adding in? January 20th 2020 added sand and rock to the tank. February 3rd 2020 added 4 snails, 3 crabs, two blue chromes, 2 long nose snails (forget what they are called lol).
Hi all, and hi to the Nuvo 10 community! For the past year or so, I've been wanting a reef of my own, and I'm now addicted. I decided on the Innovative Marine Nuvo 10 for the compact size and transportability, given that I plan to take it to college eventually. As of the moment I am writing this, I currently have put the rock and sand into the tank, after cycling the rock for about 3 weeks in a 5-gallon bucket using Fritz Turbo Start. The sand is Fiji Pink, and the rocks are Walt Smith 2.1. I have the tank on the 10 gallon white JBJ Nano Cubey Stand, which looks really great with the tank. Equipment List IM Nuvo 10 Tank 10 Gallon White JBJ Nano Cubey Stand AI Hydra 26 HD (Modified AB+ Settings) Cobalt Neo-Therm 50 watt heater (best heater on the market) Sicce Syncra .5 Return Pump Vortech mp10wqd inTank Media Basket (Running inTank filter floss, 2 chemi pure blue nano packets, and 1 marinepure cube) Tunze Nano ATO (Not running a skimmer, I'm running 4 MarinePure cubes in the second chamber) Aquatic Life 100gpd RODI unit Tropic Marin Pro Reef salt (mixes extremely fast) Tank as of August 16, 2019. No light or ATO yet. Tank as of October 2, 2019. Hydra 26 with diffuser has been added. Snails, hermits, and goby have been introduced. No corals quite yet.
Hey everyone, So I didnt want to hijack other peoples threads just to ask, and although I felt like I could infer the answer from other's posts, I didn't want to jump the gun yet. Essentially I used to use the API GH liquid test to test for my alk, but I have recently got a Hanna dkh checker to start more accurate testing, and watched the videos I could on proper testing and what not. I had decided to start recording my Alk to see my trend in it. I noticed it drops .2-.4 dkh every 24 hours and wondered if its the corals or could something else be the issue? and if that drop merits a need to start dosing yet. I have been doing water changes about every 3 days since I started recording, to bring the Alk back up. the trend looks like this; 25g AIO 7.6 dkh 5/17 3pm 7.4 dkh 5/18 3pm 7.0 dkh 5/19 3pm 7.7 dkh post WC that night at 10pm 7.4 dkh 5/20 6pm (was unavailable to do test until later) 7.2 dkh 5/21 3pm I started testing my salt mix after mixing and I noticed my reef crystals was 9.9 dkh 5/19 for reference and i do 3 gallon changes. so another of my questions is if 8 dkh is a good number to shoot for? I noticed alot more coral growth now I am changing the water in response to dkh at or below 7. the thing that worries me is going much higher because I have a biopellet reactor and do not want to accidentally alk burn my corals, when I can get the biopellet reactor pushing my tank towards very low nitrates. my testing from before water change on 19th was 520 ppm Ca (API Calcium liquid test) 7.0 dkh alk (Hanna ALK checker) 1.0255 s.g. (refractometer I calibrate with fluid before all testing) 0-0.03 ppm PO4 (Salifert Phosphate test) 15 ppm nitrate (API liquid test) are these okay parameters to have? I use chaeto in a chamber, starting up biopellets, a protein skimmer, and water changes for nutrient export. my corals dont seem unhealthy, and I think since being more frequent with the water changes its helped alot with growth in my pocillopora and branching montipora. anyways, thanks to everyone who responds,
I'm curious. I saw a discussion on FB, and I was just wondering: 1. What type of salt have you been using, *and 2. How long have you been using it for? I've used RSCP for around 1.5 years, back when I had a significantly larger tank filled with softies, macro and LPS (and a few odd SPS pieces). Then my LFS was promoting a salt brand called Marinium imported from Thailand - which was probably one of the worst salt I've ever tried (very hard to dissolve, forms clumps very easily, levels were off, a lot of residue etc.). I only tried it twice and then threw out the whole bag. I switched to IO when I was on a shoestring budget for the next few years, and it was ok (no clumps, very little residue). Recently I saw several of my local reefers try Aquacraft - I've heard of it and seen it, but never tried it. But I decided to give it a go. It's only been about 6+ months or so since I used it, and I'm quite pleased with it. My wallet isn't though. But the parameter is in line and it dissolves very quickly with hardly any residue. And I know it's too early to tell, but the corals and nems in my mantis tank are doing very well with this salt. So how about you?