Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:07 am Post subject: New marine aquaria setup
Hey guys I'm from Bombay. Just starting with my first marine aquaria setup.
I've been studying quite a bit on marine life and the responsibilities.
I've a tank that measures 30" (L) x 15" (d) x 22" (H).
I'm using Red Sea salt, a Azoo skimmer, 2 x 1800 l/h powerheads (1 for water movement & other for skimmer), 1 x 36W 10000k florescent tube, 1 x 20 w actinic blue marine t5, 1 x 20 w pink hitachi tube, no substrate - bare bottom. NO live stock added. Water is added from my Eureka Forbes i-nova purifier which has 2 membranes and a UV filter.
I've just added live rock (10 kgs) purchased 2 days back from an LFS. The LFS told me that the rock is cured and I can add in the tank straightaway, the rock smelled really oceanic, my nose didn't pick up any decaying smell from it, but I'm taking precautions and curing it in the new setup tank.
The rocks has quite a few purple areas that I can see, which I decode as coralline algae. I've also seen a few worms crawling here and there. The main thing that i can't get is, whether everything else on the rock is good, really confused.
I'm running the skimmer and using the other powerhead to give the tank a heavy water motion inside. Yesterday I kept all three lights on for 12 hrs (stupidly), then read more and today corrected that to 5-6 hrs of only actinic blue light. Is this right ?
I'm attaching a video and some pictures of the live rock and want the experienced aquarists here to see if everything is in place.
And before I forget, I've kept the salinity at 1.023, PH meter and ammonia test kit I'll be getting tomorrow. I'm thinking of dosing calcium and strontium too. Please advise.
Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:20 am Post subject: Re: New marine aquaria setup
Everything looks fine.
Light can be left on for 12 hrs, not a problem. In fact, 10-12 hrs is usually the norm.
Whether cured or not, it will be fine after the cycle. There don't seem to be any pests on your rock. Make sure you have a proper cycle and add livestock very slowly.
Get an NO2 test kit.
"RANT" And for the love of god, why does everyone want to dose calcium and strontium? What are you dosing it for? If its for coralline growth, just change 10% water every week with a good salt and that's more than enough.
Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:19 am Post subject: Re: New marine aquaria setup
The love for Calcium and Strontium comes from all the international forums, they prescribe it for the Coralline Algae. But as you say don't put in anything that cannot be tested, rightly so.
Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:49 am Post subject: Re: New marine aquaria setup
NO2 @ 0.5ppm. When did you begin the cycle? Seems in order thus far.
Forget about the lights per gallon rule. It depends on what you intend to keep in the tank. If its fish only, it doesn't really matter, its only aesthetics. If you want to keep mushrooms etc, it may well just be enough.
If i were you, just run the tank with very few fish, small fish, no tangs, for say 6 months. Get the feel of things and then decide.
If you want to save money, post your intentional livestock purchases here, so you can receive a response from more experienced members.
Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:27 pm Post subject: Re: New marine aquaria setup
If you are comfortable with the barebottom look, then stick with bare bottom. Less detritus and easier to clean. Plus cheaper. If going barebottom, avoid wrasses and the like. Currently, my tank has about 0.5 inch of sand, almost BB. No wrasses, only damsels, tangs, dwarf angels etc
What are you using to cycle the tank?
Cleaning Crew: Get Turbo snails. 4 or 5 should be enough.
Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:29 pm Post subject: Re: New marine aquaria setup
I like bare bottom tanks. They are easier to maintain provided you have enough flow to keep the detritus in suspension. I think you will need a better skimmer in the long run. You could go for a good HOB skimmer if you do not have a sump. With regards to the fish you could still go for some very pretty, hardy and inexpensive Wrasses for a smallish bare bottom tank like all fairywrasses, flasher wrasses and the six line wrasse. The fairy and flasher's jump though.
Lights like Nonza said will depend on what invertebrates you will want to stock but for the time being you should be ok.
You do not need to wait for a month before putting in some fish. Provided the NH3 and NO2 are zero you could start slowly stocking. The rocks appear to be well cured.
Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 3:55 pm Post subject: Re: New marine aquaria setup
@ ritzzy: I don't quite buy the bacteria in a bottle idea, from locally available sources. Additionally, almost all the bacteria i've ever used MUST be refrigerated once opened. That said, there are brands that do work, though not available locally that i can think of. Measure the NO2 daily and look for the drop, once achieved, you could start with a hardy damsel. Stock slowly. Most mistakes are made here.
Where are you located in Bombay?
@jaival: Currently, I have a Potter's (1 year+) & Keyhole dwarf angel (1 year+).
Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:32 am Post subject: Re: New marine aquaria setup
1. First one is alage - Difficult to guess, but I'd say cladophora.
2. 2nd looks like a sponge
3. 3rd is a fairly common type of invertebrate. Don't know what, but harmless, if that's what you're wondering.
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Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 11:40 am Post subject: Re: New marine aquaria setup
The green thing is toadstool algae, ifu break it, dont leave it in the tank, throw it or just leave it as it is. rest of the stuff are sponges....... nice, just 1 advice, buy a SOBO wave pump (it cheap) or buy a hydor , 1 is enough for your tank, so many power heads can cause some heat issues.......
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