Sumpless Marine Adventure (Sump Added PAGE 3)

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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 11, 2015 5:11 am

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


How does the cycle start by itself? I know to start a cycle you must first have an ammonia spike in your tank. How to get the ammonia build up in my tank?
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby deep123 » Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:50 am

introduce anything in the tank that can produce ammonia. either a dead shrimp, or a molly, or you can do invisible fish feeding also, just put some fish food in the tank which will get rot & produce ammonia.
then wait for the ammonia spike. keep taking reading with your test kit.
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Sat Apr 11, 2015 10:55 am

how effective is seachem stability of API quick start? any one has any idea or review regarding these two products????
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Tue Apr 14, 2015 6:21 am

Its all over. I think I've crashed my system.
Yesterday I went to my LFS to buy a HOB Skimmer, he did not have any in stock. Instead I returned with 5 pieces of LR. The rocks were very smelly. My LFS told me to wash the LR in fresh water and put them in the tank.
The LR had many black patches in them which my LFS claimed to be dead coraline. He told me to rub in off gently with a brush.
The rocks looked like this:
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After cleaning them moderately I put them inside the tank. And now my entire tank is stinking. The entire room is smelly weird. My wife is so angry with me now. she wants me to throw away everything right now.
What should I do. Plz plz plz help me.

This is the condition of the new rocks after insertng them in the tank.Image

The rocks also had some weird looking hitch-hikers on them.
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Plz :ympray: help me overcoming this situation. My wife, who was the most excited person regarding this tank has now given me 2 days time to get rid of the smell otherwise I have to get rid of the entire tank. :-ss
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby aquarajan » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:37 am

I'm a little late reading your story or else I would've shared this Statutory Warning pretty earlier.

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Jokes apart... am a reef illiterate, so will hope the reef gurus help you out with your tank and save your head from being knocked out by those stink-rocks!!! :P
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby Russo » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:43 am

So first thing first...... you should not put live rocks suddenly in a half cycled or full cycled tank ...this can spike the ammonia and nitrite levels to sky..... :-o . There will be too much dead and decaying matters in it.
Take those LR out and put them in bucket full of water. And do water change twice daily for 3-4 days. You can carry out this mission on the roof top or any open space.... Most preferably were your wife doesn't visit a lot :D
Now for the smell of your display tank you can put a bag of activated carbon in your filter...That will take out the smell.
And of course you can use room freshener or air wick.... B-)
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure

Postby sumit89das » Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:07 pm

Major overhaul done. Sump made with three chambers, plumbing done, thanks to Asok Khan Da of Water World Howrah.
Sump details.
Chamber 1: 150 Micron Sock and Skimmer (Reef Octopus NWB 110)
Chamber 2: Refugium (Deep Sand Bed, Live Rock, Chaeto Algea)
Chamber 3: A bag of Seachem Activated Carbon and Return Pump.

Will upload the pics soon.
Gurus please advise if I need to make any changes in the sump.
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure (Sump Added PAGE 3)

Postby el batty » Mon Apr 20, 2015 12:30 pm

when buying rocks, no matter how convincing the seller might be, take the rock up and take a whiff, if you smell anything pungent, its uncured LR or partially cured. the black patches were dead organic parts, well your tank will re-go through the cycling phase once again. The decaying parts will decay fully and then tests will show result over time.

Or, if you can cure it outside that will help too, but since your wife has encountered the stink, gift her some goodies and convince her to bear for some time. charcoal will suck in the stink partially.

I have encountered the same problem in my initial days, difference being, in my case it was one big rock..so i had to "kill" the live rock and then cure it in freshwater like any normal dead rock..then introduced in the tank.
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure (Sump Added PAGE 3)

Postby sumit89das » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:10 pm

I have returnd those rocks to my lfs, and got fully cured rocks from him without any smell whatsoever. This way I get to stay in the room :p
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Re: Sumpless Marine Adventure (Sump Added PAGE 3)

Postby sumit89das » Sat May 02, 2015 12:16 pm

Update:
Added more cured live rocks and the tank looks like this:
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Sump with the Reefoctopus nwb110
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Will be adding my first fish in a day or two.
Ph, Ammonia, Nitrite readings are great.
Nitrate is on the higher side. Will be doing a major water change before adding the fish, hoping the nitrate to come down.
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