2.9 pico build

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  1. 650-IS350

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    Looking really nice bud.... I likes.
     
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    Thanks guys! Just picked up a pico powerhead today.
    Debating weather or not I should go bb or not. anyone got suggestions?
     
  3. muhli

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    So I added fresh tap water in it 3 days ago to check for any leaks and it didnt. I decided to add some salt in it thinking with just the rocks and powerheads and filter it would mix it for me. But when I added the salt in, the water turned all cloudy without ever going clear for a day. Its still cloudy right now. Is it because the marco rocks are curing?
     
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    What temp is the water? It sometimes helps to stir the water with your hand as well.
    Thank is looking great btw
     
  5. muhli

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    Thanks! Im maintaining it at 76. Using opportunity to test out the new heater. I removed all the salt water and threw it away. I mixed up another batch of saltwater and currently have that in the tank. It helped a little, but I think it still needs to stir itself more. Ive read that maybe its the Marco rocks that are leeching out some nutrients
     
  6. rygh

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    My first set of Marco rocks were full of gunk.
    Turned the water a cloudy white/light grey, even after several rinses.
    I ended up power washing them, then soaking for a couple of weeks.
    Then they still slowly released phosphates for months.

    My second set, years later, was WAY better.
    It was clear they had been soaking in salt water for a while. Even had a bit of life on a couple.
    No problems at all with those.

    So, depending on the batch, those rocks might be the issue.
     
  7. muhli

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    Aw, I dont know which batch I have. I got it from a local reefer found on craigs. After aquascaping it, I sprayed down the scape to get rid of any debris stuck or loose. That took out alot of dust. When I had only tap water pre mixed to test the water heater, It was completely clear. Does marco rocks have a reaction to salt water or something?
     
  8. rygh

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    Hard to say. Dust is suspicious, but clear tap water is not.

    Suggest: Pull out the rocks, mix some fresh salt water, put it in tank. Is it clear?
    No = What salt? How did you mix it? Anything else in tank?

    Gently put in rocks. Does it become nasty?
    Yes = You have your answer.
     
  9. 650-IS350

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    I used oxyclean to clean out my Macro rocks for a couple weeks and rinsing them in between days.There was a lot of organic waste that needed to be cleaned off.
    http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1618138
     
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    There are more than one type of Marco rocks right? Key largo, etc...? Which are you all talking about. I've gotten a few boxes of key largo lately and had no issues with cloudy water or anything.
     
  11. muhli

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    Thanks guys for the input. So yesterday I switched out the saltwater with a new batch which was still cloudy but there was big difference. Just got back from school and the water is almost crystal clear now. I think I'll let it mix around for a bit some more then Im going to add some sand from my nano. Do I need to acclimate live sand? Or can I just squirt it in using a turkey blaster?
     
  12. 650-IS350

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    just make sure your tank parameters are good like Temp so that you don't shock the fauna growing in your live sand.
     
  13. muhli

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    The tank was finally finished cycling last Sunday so I went ahead and put some corals from my nano inside. It looked like this when I was finished:
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    Today I met Gusty who gave me some freebies. Thank you Gusty again!
    He transformed my tank into looking like this:
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    Looks nice, good job.
     

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