Finally - After 6 years

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  1. abhishek

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    Hi friends,

    Well it has 6 years since I owned a small nano 20 gallon reef tank back in India. Then moved over to the States , new job , got married and almost forgot I had a hobby or rather a passion called "Reefing" for 6 years until May 2016 when I luckily came across reef2reef .. It sparkled my passion for reefing again !!
    Made wife agree by showing some of the great , amazing tanks here promising that someday I can have something remotely close to one of the great sps reef tanks . Can't believe she fell for it :rotflmao:

    So here we are - after collecting equipments for 6 - 8 months :-

    Tank - 30 in x 30 in x 18 in undrilled with Lifereef overflow (Found the back glass to be tempered after buying it
    Sump - 20 in x 20 in x 12 in acrylic cube sump with self built baffles of acrylic
    Skimmer - Deltec SC1350
    Bio Filteration - 2 liters of Siporax + 2 liters of Seachem Matrix + Brightwell aquatics dimpled bio block
    Reactors - 1 Bahsea reactor filled with siporax and matrix + 1 MRC reactor for Aquaforest Carbon .. will later add phosminus and zeomix if needed.
    Return pump - Jebao DCP 6500 pump . The pump is so quiet I could hardly hear it.
    Wavemaker - 1 gyre xf 130 + 2 Tunze 6055 on 7095 controller + 1 inch seaswirl (Love it !!!)
    Auto top off - Tunze 3155
    Rocks - Reefcleaners dry rocks
    Sand - Tropic Eden Mini and Reef Flakes (Amazing sand !!! Wayyyy better than Caribsea since I used it 6 years back )
    Doser - GHL doser 1 with self made dosing containers from Menards bottles
    Controller - Reef Angel Plus (Loved the Open Source !!!)
    Light - Hamilton Cayman sun reflector with Radium 250 run on M80 (The one thing I always had a dream to own - A radium MH run on magnetic ballast)..

    Going all Aquaforest . Started with Aquaforest Prodibiotic salt with Bio S for cycling .
    As of now, in day 5 of cycling .

    Plan to go for full blown sps with mostly montipora species , stylophora, seriatopora and Poccilopora ..
    No ACROS planned yet but plan always changes!!!

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    Regards,
    Abhishek
     
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    Currently in the 5 th day of cycling and experiencing cloudy water. Pretty much sure its bacterial bloom with me not being able to tune the skimmer yet and dosing of Aquaforest Bio S and clear Ammonia ..

    What do you guys say ? Let it run its course and continue with lower dosage of Aquaforest Bio S or get a UV sterilizer ?


     

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    good start! I would be impressed/surprised if an acro doesn't find its way into your system at some point. The siren's song to anyone with an SPS tank :)
     
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    Welcome. Good luck with the new tank.
     
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    Let it ride, you have no fish or coral to be concerned about right now. It doesnt make any sense to go the probiotic method if you are running a uv sterilizer and killing all your bacteria ;) The bloom should settle in a couple days after the bacteria eat up the excess nutrients and they will die off as the food source gets smaller. I would halt dosing of np pro however, clearly you dont need any more bacteria food in the system at the moment
     
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    :laugh: I keep telling myself - NO ACROS !!! But I feel it will change in a month or 2.
    Thanks for the warm welcome ..

    Regards,
    Abhishek
     
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    Thanks for the welcome ..
     
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    Thanks !! I haven't started with NP Pro or Pro Bio S yet..
    Just Bio S .. Do you think I should continue to dose Bio S at may be 1-2 drops daily until 14 days ?

    Regards,
    Abhishek
     
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    Excited for you sir. Gonna be an awesome tank.
     
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    what's the stainless steel thing with john guest fitting? dosing container?
     
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    Well I owe a lot to you .. Thanks for the tank and stand :)

    Regards,
    Abhishek
     
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    Yes actually its stainless steel container top but had glass inside it so that steel doesn't come in contact with the steel.
    Made the containers a little fancy with John Guest fittings ..;)
     

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    Love your lighting choice. That set-up is perfect for acros! I see more than a few in your future! Nice build!
     
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    I would keep on like normal, since you have no fish and coral, the bloom isnt a bad thing. The issue that it causes is it removes too much oxygen from the water, but with your skimmer going and hopefully a decent amout of surface agitation you will be okay, nothing in the tank but the bacteria is using the oxygen anyways. Think of it this way, all that bacteria in the water will just seed the siporax and matrix you ahve in the reactor that much faster.

    I personally would begin doing np pro (liquild polymer/bacteria food for those that dont know what it is) at a small dose once the bloom subsides. The loss of the bloom indicates they have used up much of the available nutrients, by dosing this you control their population level as well as make sure there is a population available for when you add fish and corals. It depends on the fish you add first but you may be able to hold off on np pro or cut the dose in half after you have some livestock in there
     
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    me like, how big are those containers? how much?
     
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    The containers are like 800 ml each ..
    Got them at a steal on Black Friday at Menards for 1-2$ each I think
     
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    nice, they have the 1300ml one for $5, i will pick up a few to try something out.
    thanks
     
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    Welcome back to the addiction!

    I highly recommend attending an upcoming meeting to get access to the for sale forums or hosting a meeting yourself this spring/summer.
     
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    I picked up a PAR meter on rent to test my 5 month old Radium on M 80 ballast.
    Its a single hamilton Bali Sun fixture over the 30 in x 30 in tank. Ofcourse I know its not gonna cover the entire footprint but still wanted to see the PAR distribution.
    I will be keeping the sps only on rocks in the middle section of the tank .


    The readings varied from 300 on the top of the highest rock on the left side to 130-150 on the bottom rocks ..
    Do you guys feel its not enough PAR to start with ? Or should I consider new radium bulbs or change the reflector ?

    Regards,
    Abhishek
     
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    Those par readings look good to me.
    Welcome to the club!
     

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