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Old 06/23/2017, 10:27 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Proper way to cycle new tank

Hi guys, im very new to reefing i live in Indonesia where corals are fairly easy to get, i just started cycling my tank, it has been a few days now, used purple up too, let me know what you guys think abt my build!

tank specs:

Dimensions: 1.2metres x 60cm x 60cm
Light: Matrixx Dimtec 6x36 (2blue 2 purple 2 whites)
skimmer: H&S 150 f2001
pump: fluval sp 4 and fluval sp 2
chiller : yes maintained at 24-26 celcius

So far i am cycling the tank for a few days now, added purple up and waiting for the coralline to grow. What do you guys think in terms of reef and fishes to get and the setup! all comments is gladly appreciated thanks!

1. is purple up a good way to promote coralline growth?
2. My tank seems to be high in phosphate, will this contradict coraline growth ?

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Old 09/07/2017, 06:55 PM   #2
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Your tank is absolutely stunning! I am about a week into my cycle and your rock work is making me extremely jealous! Also, I noticed that you posted this back in June. I would love to see whg your tank looks like as of now!

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Old 09/07/2017, 07:27 PM   #3
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If the phosphate are high it could be because of the rock. If the rock has not been cured sometime you can get high phosphates

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Old 09/08/2017, 12:00 AM   #4
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Just give it time, I would skip dosing anything since there isnt much of anything to consume it. Once you have coral in there then you will need to dose to keep up your CA and ALK.

Purple up works in my opinion but plenty of people also think that its a waste of time too.

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Old 09/08/2017, 11:31 PM   #5
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Tank update

Hi guys so here is an update of my tank, after running gfo and a carbon reactor, things are turning out pretty well, phosphate at 0.03. BTW i have just added a maxima clam which is arnd 15 cm, i heard that these clams do consume alot of calc?

btw do follow my instagram account @chasingcorals for daily update


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Old 09/09/2017, 12:47 PM   #6
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I've never seen a tank look so nice in such a short time. Out of curiosity, about how much did you spend on all those corals? The tank is absolutely stunning.

Also, What bulbs are you using?

Red Sea MAX 250, 25 Gallon Nano
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Old 12/06/2017, 07:32 AM   #7
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Your tank looks amazing but you know that

Where did you get your dry rock? Did you cure it at all? No Poshat issues?

Setting up a new 120 gallon tank

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Old 12/06/2017, 07:50 AM   #8
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Sure helps being in an area known for having amazing access to a plethora of beautiful corals..
Dumping a large chunk of money into it doesn't hurt either..

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Old 12/06/2017, 09:52 AM   #9
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Jeez, this dude went all out. Good stuff.

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Old 12/06/2017, 12:27 PM   #10
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op said corals are easy to get. not sure if he meant just go to beach and collect them.

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Old 12/07/2017, 10:26 AM   #11
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I simply toss in a small pinch of flake fish food daily until I see an ammonia spike (up to 4 weeks) and then five days after to be sure that the tank bacteria are consuming the ammonia...then I add invertebrates, feed them, to keep the tank bacteria happy, and fish after that.


Salinity 1.024-6; alkalinity 8.3-9.3 on KH scale; calcium 420; magnesium 1300, temp 78-80, nitrate .2. Ammonia 0. No filters: lps tank. Alk and cal won't rise if mg is low.

Current Tank Info: 105g AquaVim wedge, 2 firefish, 2 chromis, royal gramma basslet, starry blenny, chestnut turbo snails, bristleworms, couple of hermits.
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Old 02/16/2018, 08:08 AM   #12
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Wow!! That tank is beautiful!!!

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