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Mini upflow ATS for my 28 nanocube

Posted 01/27/2014 at 06:17 PM by Shia
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Chemistry Mystery

Posted 01/26/2014 at 09:39 AM by zitra

So I have gone through my first chemistry puzzle. I call it "The Vanishing Alk".

As I wrote yesterday, my Alk was coming down hard over the first week of the system life. From the initial 3.66 meq/l to 2.35 meq/l after some six days. While I noted the Ca was very high at around 600 ppm.

After reading numerous pieces of information, understanding the story of CaCO3 precipitation, I have guessed that the high Ca is precipitating in the tank (indeed there is...
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Week One

Posted 01/25/2014 at 01:09 AM by zitra

My tank has one week anniversary and so far it seems to be going well.



Well, the tank is doing well, I am learning.

Lesson number one: Do not stuff the fluidized bed filters!

First few days I was battling the Deltec FR509s quite a bit. I guess the main problem was putting way too much media inside. Now I realized I...
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Cannister or sump/skimmer?

Posted 01/24/2014 at 02:08 PM by Sk8r

Canister or sump/skimmer? how to decide.
Modern canister filters can cost as much as a large sump---
They ARE good: but their goodness mostly has application to fish-only setups. This isn't to say you couldn't run a softie tank with one---we ran a nice little softie/small fish tank in a 30 long with a Penguin filter, no sump. It had algae; but hey, it was healthy.
To run a fish-only, even with a monster filter, you're going to need to do filter-cleaning: to run a sump, nope,...
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Getting there

Posted 01/19/2014 at 11:06 AM by zitra

So after some waiting the tank arrived last week and this weekend was dedicated to finishing the setup.

This is how I ended today:



I am pretty happy with it. There is a mixture of live rock and dead rock (the big one in the middle) in the tank. Aragonite sand on the bottom (1-3mm). In the sump there is deep sand of finer sand mixed...
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