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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:00 am

xarg0n wrote:increase the actinic to 2 if you are planning to upgrade to reef later


No plans for upgrading to reef. Not in a couple of year atleast.
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby xarg0n » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:01 am

there u go..after a year atleast :)
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:05 pm

Moving on..

After mixing the salt for about 48 hours, I emptied the water out of the tank into 2 flat buckets so that I could start working on my scape.
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Getting the live rocks was challenging. My LFS doesn't stock Live or Dead rocks [-x , as his store was raided once. But he gave me a contact, this guy was charging a hefty price 300/kg @-) . So I went back to my cousins place and robbed him again. This time I got 7-8 kg of live rocks and AZOO hydrometer. :D

Scaping the tank was a big task for me. Honestly I was never a person of artistic nature :-B Forget hard-scape, I could never even paint properly. Infact, I was the worst painter in my class. I remember once (class 1 or class 2) we were asked to draw a cow, I ended up drawing a dog with horns. My teacher told me that I had invented a new species. My friends still make fun of me whenever we have a get-together.
So I started going through various threads and googling day in day out regarding hard-scape pattern, and ended scaping the tank as below
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Well it my not be da-vinci material but I am very satisfied with myself. :ymapplause: I purposely went for this one sided heavy look so that I could fit in my HOB or internal skimmer on the left side. Gurus, I need advise for the skimmer. Make and model. Hang On preferable as there won't be a sump in the near future.


Meanwhile I my test kit had arrived. :ymdevil: :ymdevil:
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:09 pm

Oh and I forgot to mention that sand I used was of some Coral Reef Aqua Pro brand.
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The grain size is given below. I have kept a pen on it for size comparison.
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:38 pm

The filter that I am using is SOBO 1880f top filter. Price Rs.525/-
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Filter media:
Base - Ceramic Rims
Middle - Sponge
Top - God knows what it is. Recommended by LFS. Came in the box you can see in the picture
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:50 pm

After fitting it up with all the equipment, filled it back up with the water from the bucket.
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Checked the salinity using the Azoo Hydro and it was perfect. B-) B-) B-)
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The water was very cloudy so I let the filter run for the entire night. Next moring I woke up to this amazing crystal clear tank condition.
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Now the problem that I am facing is that, my wavemaker (Sobo wp 400m)is too strong for the tank of this size. It is like a tsunami within my tank, blowing sand from one side to the other. I was afraid that my rocks would collapse, so I turned it off. Now I have buy a new one with lesser flow.

The power head of my top filter is providing a decent flow in the tank. Now my question is do I need another wavemaker? Gurus help please.
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 04, 2015 1:59 pm

A day later I run the test. Using my API test kit that i bought from Amazon for Rs 2370/-
After watching a couple of youtube videos, I bought a syringe to take the water from the tank and inserting it in the test tubes. This way I won't be polluting the tank by dipping the test tubes inside the tank.
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Being a commerce student from the beginning I never thought I would be handling such hi-fi chemical stuffs like these in my life. For a certain moment I was getting a feeling that I could have become a great chemist =))
The results from the test
PH was ok, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate as per the pic
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Now will let the tank cycle for atleast 2 weeks before testing the parameters again. Meanwhile I am off to Darjeeling for the weekend. Cheers.

Gurus please guide me and correct me if I am doing anything wrong. :)
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby xarg0n » Sat Apr 04, 2015 2:46 pm

done
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:54 pm

Guys, can please tell me if it's safe to use Seachem Stability for quicker tank cycling?
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby Sunit » Fri Apr 10, 2015 5:31 pm

Yes you can use it I have also used bacteria by waterlife but its better to let it cycle by itself
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