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I finally got my Live rock Smile

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:07 am Post subject: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 Hi  Everyone,
 
 Its  been  a  year  since  I  started  my  Marine  Tank  and  its  been  a  journey,  it  was  frustration  in  the  beginning  not  knowing  why  all  my  colorful  fish  were  dying  and  then  I  realized  slow  and  steady  wins  the  race  in  Marine.  
 
 Since  I  live  in  hyderabad  its  been  very  difficult  to  find  some  live  rock  but  finally  my  LFS  below  got  me  some.  I  bought  around  22  Kgs  (he  dint  have  more  than  that)  for  my  70  Gallon  tank.  I  believe  he  has  cured  it  for  about  a  months  time  before  he  sold  it  to  me.  
 
 Now  I  need  some  information  about  the  live  rock.  
 
 The  rock  has  a  lot  of  dark  maroon  small  fern  type  of  growth.  
 
 There  are  hundreds  of  feather  dusters  on  the  rock.  
 
 At  places  there  is  very  little  green  leafy  type  growth.  
 
 Can  you  please  id  the  growth  on  the  live  rock?
 
 Also  I  need  information  on  caring  for  the  live  rock  and  to  make  sure  that  the  growth  thrives  on  it.  
 
 Thanks  in  advance.  
 Gokul
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:12 am Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 Can't  really  tell  from  those  pics,  don't  bother  too  much  about  it  anyways...
 
 The  quantity  of  the  rocks  is  fine.  Hope  your  using  a  good  skimmer.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:16 am Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

                                                   
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Can't  really  tell  from  those  pics,  don't  bother  too  much  about  it  anyways...
 
 The  quantity  of  the  rocks  is  fine.  Hope  your  using  a  good  skimmer.                

 
 I  am  using  a  Weipro  SA  2011.  Is  it  any  good?  and  will  the  live  rock  help  my  filtration  process.  I  had  a  problem  with  cyno  bacterium  earlier  which  reduced  after  I  cleaned  my  canister  filter  and  started  doing  water  changes,  but  Iv  been  having  problems  with  green  hair  algae.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:05 am Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 Get  a  better  skimmer,  the  Weipro  skimmers  are  no  good.  Get  a  Reef  octopus  or  a  Bubble  Magus  skimmer  (you  might  have  to  order  it  online).  Good  flow  in  the  tank  can  help  get  rid  of  the  cyanobacteria.
 
 As  for  the  algae  issues,  remove  the  canister  filter  and  get  a  reactor  with  rowaphos  or  GFO  (granular  ferric  oxide).  This  will  reduce  the  phosphates  in  your  water  and  help  getting  rid  of  the  algae.
 
 Do  more  water  changes,  20-30%  weekly.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:28 pm Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 As  for  caring  for  your  live  rock  make  sure  its  getting  enough  light  and  also  the  flow  around  it  is  good
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:21 pm Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

                                                   
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As  for  caring  for  your  live  rock  make  sure  its  getting  enough  light  and  also  the  flow  around  it  is  good                

 
 I  am  leaving  the  lights  on  for  a  couple  of  hours  more  now.  Will  do  regular  water  changes  and  see  how  it  goes.  
 
 Do  you  guys  recommend  using  supplements  now  to  increase  the  calcium  levels  and  trace  elements?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:18 pm Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 Water  changes  should  suffice...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:16 am Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 I  just  checked  my  water  parameters.
 
 Ammonia  and  Nitrite  are  zero  but  I'm  still  having  the  Nitrate  problem.  Its  probably  >100  ppm.
 
 I  just  checked  calcium  after  a  very  long  time,  dint  bother  checking  as  I  dint  have  any  live  rock  in  my  tank  till  now.  I  was  surprised  to  see  that  its  way  off  the  charts.  I  had  to  put  34  drops  before  it  reached  the  blue  color.  The  values  in  the  list  stopped  at  26  drops  where  the  level  is  560  ppm,  so  the  calcium  levels  are  much  greater  than  that.  Is  it  good  or  bad?
 
 Im  gonna  do  a  water  change  tomorrow  and  see  if  the  nitrate  levels  will  drop.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:27 am Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 Do  water  changes  to  bring  down  the  nitrates  and  calcium...
 
 Having  a  high  amount  of  calcium  in  your  water  isn't  a  bad  thing,  but  your  other  parameters  might  be  off...  eg.  ALK
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:05 am Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

                                                   
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Do  water  changes  to  bring  down  the  nitrates  and  calcium...
 
 Having  a  high  amount  of  calcium  in  your  water  isn't  a  bad  thing,  but  your  other  parameters  might  be  off...  eg.  ALK                

 
 Could  the  be  the  reason  why  my  Ph  never  exceeds  7.9?????????
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:57 pm Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 I  notice  that  there  are  white  patches  forming  on  the  live  rock.  This  is  only  on  the  top  side.  The  bottom  side  seems  to  be  fine.  The  area  seems  to  increase  every  day.  Does  it  mean  that  the  rock  is  dying?  
 
 Is  there  anything  I  can  do  about  it.  I  also  notice  that  the  the  dark  maroon  small  fern  type  growth  is  now  turning  green  in  some  areas.  Its  very  confusing,  seeing  the  green  makes  me  happy  but  at  the  same  time  there  are  the  white  areas  which  is  almost  like  chalk  powder.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:38 am Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 That  is  some  die-off,  just  make  sure  the  rocks  are  getting  good  flow..  Will  grow  back  in  some  some..
 
 As  for  the  pH,  use  a  better  brand  of  salt,  7.9  is  fine..
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:40 pm Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 Good  Quality  LR
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:01 pm Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 Nice  to  see  a  Marine  hobbyist  from  Hyderabad,  Post  FTS
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:09 pm Post subject: Re: I finally got my Live rock Smile Reply with quote

 Hey  Guys,
 
 Its  really  great  to  see  fellow  hobbyists  from  Hyderabad.  I  know  it  can  get  tough  here  but  I  am  now  starting  to  source  more  places  where  we  can  get  good  stuff.
 
 Are  you  guys  into  Marine  tanks  as  well?  I  will  post  some  pics  in  a  few  days.  The  LR  is  just  starting  to  grow  some  algae  and  my  wife  gets  so  irritated  when  I  keep  staring  at  them  trying  to  find  minute  signs  of  life  there  but  is  all   Cheering  
 
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