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SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:38 pm

Well after researching for a few months I've finally started my first saltwater tank. I've found some good info on here, thanks folks keep it coming! I plan to have a pair of clown fish, some zoas, a couple corals, and a nice CUC.

Basically the Superbowl was the first day of my Nanocube 12 gallon deluxe. I am using Ocean Direct Caribbean live sand and my liverock also arrived Saturday before the Superbowl. I went with Drs. Foster & Smith Select Nano Live Rock
Good amount of coraline on the rock I will get some better photos once it starts to clear up a bit.

I am using RO water from my local health food store, along with Instant Ocean reef crystals and a 50 watt Marineland stealth heater. Coming this week sometime should be a Hydor Koralia Nano Mini Pump Powerhead 240gph. (I heard these are great for the corals)

Here are some photo's of what I got going on so far:
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Well things seem to be going well so far now, no major visible changes in the tank yet, some coraline on the LR has color still.
I am going to do a tad bit more aquascaping when the adhesive arrives. So new pics will be up then.
Here is a summary of my tank parameters.. looks like the cycle is moving along fast

2/4/09 tank params:
SG- 1.026
Ph- 7.8
Ammonia- 6 ppm
Nitrate- 0
Nitrite- 0

2/8/09 tank params:
SG- 1.026
Ph- 7.8
Ca- 525
Ammonia- 6
Nitrate- 20
Nitrite- 2.0

2/11/09 tank params:
SG- 1.025
Ph- 7.8
Ammonia- 6
Nitrate- 200
Nitrite- 10

Alkalinity has seems to be consistently high at 300 ppm KH

Any recommendations and suggestions are appreciated
Thoughts on these parameters?
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby reef.man123 on Fri Feb 20, 2009 1:54 pm

How's the tank coming along?
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Fri Feb 20, 2009 7:51 pm

Tank seems to be coming along well. I was thinking I should have seen some algae by now...anyway here's a pic:
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I noticed bubbles coming from the rock a bit tonight in various places..
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby Landon on Fri Feb 20, 2009 8:50 pm

Looking good. How are your levels?
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:54 pm

Landon wrote:Looking good. How are your levels?

Hey Landon, it's Jon if you didn't know.

2/20/09 tank params:
SG- 1.025
Ph-8.0
Ca- 525
dKH- 10
Ammonia- 0
Nitrate- 400
Nitrite- 40

No algae yet and the water is crystal clear, I'm hoping after I return home from my trip next week the NO2 & NO3 will be closer to zeros.
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:09 pm

Haven't touched the tank in a week here's an update:
2/26/09 tank params:
SG- 1.025
Ph- 8.0
Ammonia- 0
Nitrate- 40
Nitrite- 0

50% water change this weekend I'm thinking

I have yet to get any algae or diatoms during the cycle
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:11 pm

I did a 50% water change earlier today to remove some of the remaining nitrates.

I was bored and decided to DIY fuge (still need chaeto), here are some pics:
supplies from Home Depot
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cut the black film off the back
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Here is my fuge light creation (10w 6500k daylight bulb)
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installed
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I plan to my chambers like this:
1st chamber: filter floss
2nd chamber: (bottom up) Chemi-pure then chaeto
3rd: chamber: pump & heater

any issues running the chemi-pure and chaeto together?
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby causeofhim on Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:24 pm

I'm in Janesville and can give you some chaeto if you wantg it.
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:10 am

Thanks for the offer, I already had some on order with my CUC.

Here are some current photos of my CUC starting out:
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:19 am

Fish arrived at 9am this morning!

They've been thru the drip acclimating process for a few hours now here are a couple quick pics
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Lights off for a bit, better photos in a day or two
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby Landon on Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:11 pm

Nice fuge mod. Cool clowns. Let me know if you want a chunk of Frogspawn as things progress. My onyx and orange pair host it and its a real pretty mix of colors and movement.

Looking good.
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:11 pm

Thanks I'd love to have some frogspawn for these guys

new FTS
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Clowns
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:45 pm

Well my black clown didn't make it, he lasted maybe 22 hours.
IDK weird everything else seems to be ok.

Excited to get some frogspawn and zoas very soon
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby Landon on Sat Mar 21, 2009 3:05 pm

Rats about the clown. Looks like you did everything right. Sometimes thats just the way it shakes out. Pretty stressful adventure for a little fish.

I cut your Frogspawn frag this morning. Lights will be coming on in the prop tank soon... I'll snap you a pic.
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Re: SiLkk's first reef: 12g Nanocube dx

Postby SiLkk on Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:21 pm

I'm pretty pumped, I just scored a nearly brand new 20" Sunpod 150W HQI!!
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