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Old 11/21/2010, 05:22 PM   #26
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Have you drilled it yet? what about a skimmer, do you have one yet?
Haven't drilled yet, but will eventually. lol

I've been super busy. Here are some pics of what's been keeping me super busy.

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Old 11/21/2010, 05:30 PM   #27
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Here are some pics of the tank.

I haven't drilled it yet but will eventually. lol

I have been using a loaner skimmer from Jay. It's an AquaC Remora powered by a MJ1200.

Been battling green algae. Not sure what the problem is yet. I am feeding every 2-3 days. I did tests on my water source and everything is at zero (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and phosphate). I may need to use a TDS meter tho.

I tested the tank and ammonia, nitrites, and phosphate is at zero. Nitrates are less than 10ppm. I think the phosphate is showing up as zero because the algae is consuming it right away. So it may be a false test.

I am now considering dosing either vodka or sugar. Not sure on it yet. Kinda scared. lol

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Old 11/21/2010, 05:31 PM   #28
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Old 11/21/2010, 06:46 PM   #29
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wow you really got an algea problem. You should get a heavy duty clean up crew.


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Old 11/21/2010, 08:14 PM   #30
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It was actually a bit worse. The tang has teamed up with the blenny. She trims the longer algae and th blenny finishes it off. They're not fast enough yet. I had only three hermits till this past Wednesday. I added 5 more. They dont seem to be fast enough either. I don't wanna add snails because I think they'll get killed by the hermits.

Maybe I should add a sea hare or more hermits.


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Old 11/21/2010, 09:49 PM   #31
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dude, go to Salty Fin and buy some Turbos snails, They have them there for $1.50 each. They help out alot with hair algae. As long as the hermits have plenty of empty shells to try on and something to eat, they will leave your snails alone. I am a firm believer in a large and diverse Clean up crew. Hermits will stop eating algae if they find meaty food ie when you feed the fish. Snails feed strictly on algae.


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Old 11/21/2010, 11:00 PM   #32
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Cool. I don't think I have enough empty shells. Do you know where I can get some?

Also, the nitrates and phosphate must be coming from somewhere. They're probably going to spike once the turbos finish off the algae, no?


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Old 11/21/2010, 11:20 PM   #33
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any LFS has empty shells or you can even go to Hobby lobby and they sell a variety of shells for arts and craft.

As far as the Algae comming back, i might or it might not. your tank is still establishing itself and you will see stuff that makes the DT look ugly start going away slowly.

Lets say you get rid of all of the algae and you see it starts coming back, then you start taking steps to figure out what is causing the bloom, but remember make only one change @ a time or else you will not know what works and what doesnt.

Saltwater keeping is a constant Chess game. Just keep up what you are doing and don't get discourage. It usualy works itself out.


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Old 02/19/2011, 08:16 AM   #34
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Had to dig up this thread. Lol. Hadn't updated in a while.

Steffen came over to drill my tank yesterday afternoon. He did an awesome job. Hans came over as well so I had the opportunity to leet him.

Can't wait to set everything back up.

Here are some pics. I will keep adding pics as the set up continues.

Right before taking the rank down for drilling.





Did the sump myself. As you can see I went a little silicone happy.







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Old 02/19/2011, 08:19 AM   #35
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Hey looks great!! Hans has the supervisor look going keeping Steffen straight! Having the tank drilled is definitely the way to go. Keep the pics coming as you progress!

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Old 02/19/2011, 06:41 PM   #38
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surprised the drilling went as good as it did with the XX on the table. hopefully that was after the drilling was over.


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Old 02/19/2011, 06:48 PM   #39
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surprised the drilling went as good as it did with the XX on the table. hopefully that was after the drilling was over.
Steffen wasn't allowed to drink till after the drilling was done. Ha ha! Couldn't risk it! Jk

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Old 02/19/2011, 10:49 PM   #40
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Nice job guys Damn I missed it got out work late got alot to catch up after 6 months out.


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Old 02/22/2011, 09:18 AM   #41
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Here is tank up and running now.








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How are you liking the overflow? Any problems? Or leaks? Or suggestions? Thanks

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Old 02/22/2011, 11:52 AM   #43
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Jesus--looks great! Can't believe you have it up and running already. You haven't seen any diatom cycles or spike in NH3? Now all you need to do is glue a frag of green star polyps to the overflow glass and watch it grow!!


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Yeah that is the only thing that i can see Hans. It would have been better if the glass was black. But i figured over time the coraline algae will cover it and you will never see it. Thanks.

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Old 02/22/2011, 12:04 PM   #45
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Been working good. Was a bit noisy (gurgling) and every few seconds bubbles would push out at the sump where the hoses drain. I adjusted the drain lines to sit right over the water and the noise stop. The gurgling at the overflow stopped by turning down the return pump just a bit. Since then it's been good.

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Jesus--looks great! Can't believe you have it up and running already. You haven't seen any diatom cycles or spike in NH3? Now all you need to do is glue a frag of green star polyps to the overflow glass and watch it grow!!
So far no diatom outbreaks. Nitrates haven't spiked either. They went up to a bit less than 10 ppm yesterday I increased the vodka to 5 ml for yesterday and this morning they were at 0. So far everything is good. I did lose my peppermint shrimp and my fire shrimp tho. The powerhead won the battle while they were in the container.


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Old 02/22/2011, 03:37 PM   #46
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Does anyone need to prune their chaeto any time soon? If so, let me know and I may be able to buy it from y'all.


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if you are going to be in cruces let me know. stop buy and i will hook you up. although you can prob get it in el paso too.


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Old 02/22/2011, 04:17 PM   #48
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if you are going to be in cruces let me know. stop buy and i will hook you up. although you can prob get it in el paso too.
Probably won't be in cruces for another two weeks. I'll get with you if I can go sooner. Thanks.


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Are you going to the meeting? I can bring some if you want. I also got a peppermint I need to sell. I can throw in the Chaeto with purchase. LMK.


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I have some, I'm on the Westside by Canutillo. Let me know.


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