bee505's tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by bee505, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    Hey Everyone- I'm 3 months into this hobby and enjoy every bit of it. I thought I share some of my pics throughout the entire 3 months period. I started in Nov. 08. I'm a newbie, so any suggestions are welcome.
     
  2. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    I forgot about the specs.
    -24g Aquapod with the Aquapod stand
    -sponge filter and a heater
    -Koralia 1
    -20 lbs of live rocks
    -1 clown fish
    -algae blenny
     
  3. Lyn

    Lyn Guest

    Nice rocks and rock work. You did all this in 3 months?

    Watch that sponge filter. They can become detritus traps and create lots of nitrates. I had to remove mine from my nano and replace with LR rubble. :)
     
  4. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Looking good! Are you doing anything yet for calcium/alkalinity replacement?
     
  5. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    [quote author=Lyn link=topic=6227.msg79122#msg79122 date=1233981394]
    Nice rocks and rock work. You did all this in 3 months?

    Watch that sponge filter. They can become detritus traps and create lots of nitrates. I had to remove mine from my nano and replace with LR rubble. :)
    [/quote]

    Thanks Lyn- I think I was rushing it a bit. I started stocking my tank shortly after 2 weeks. The tank went through cyano, red slime. I rinse the sponge weekly, it doesn't get very dirty. My lfs also suggested using LR for filtering. Does that actually keep the tank clean? I was worried that it might clog up the maxijet pump.
     
  6. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    [quote author=pixelpixi link=topic=6227.msg79155#msg79155 date=1233989847]
    Looking good! Are you doing anything yet for calcium/alkalinity replacement?

    [/quote]

    Thanks pixelpixi. I use purple up. I'm not sure how effective it is as I'm not sure how quickly corals should be growing. But the xenia has been fragged 3 times already, the neon green candy cane got 3 additional heads, and the gsp are spreading outta control.
     
  7. opt for a two part solution....a 64 oz of b-ionic will last you forever with a tank size like that...
     
  8. iani

    iani Guest

    I agree with Patrick. I would get b-ionic two part as well. And get yourself some good test kits to make sure you are dosing right.
     
  9. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    Yeah, be careful with Purple-Up. Calcium and alkalinity are used by corals for calcification at a certain proportion to each other, but purple-up replaces only calcium. If you keep using purple up and don't replace alkalinity, alk will drop causing really severe problems.

    You should really only use something like purple-up if you have tested both calcium and alkalinity and your alkalinity is high but calcium is low.

    Here's a good article on calcium and alkalinity:
    http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-04/rhf/feature/index.php

    And here's one on balanced additives.
    http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/feb2003/chem.htm

    I agree that b-ionic or one of the other commercial two part additive products would be a great place to start.
     
  10. bee505

    bee505 Supporting Member

    Do you have any suggestions on the brand of b-ionic two part? Any brand?
     
  11. pixelpixi

    pixelpixi Guest

    B-Ionic is a brand. There are other brands, like two little fishies c-balance, aquac complete, kent tech-cb. They're all basically the same thing.
     
  12. i used b-ionic with great results when i had a smaller tank...

    this kit comes with 3 major items at a great price: http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/Calcium,-Alkalinity-&-Magnesium-Two-Part-Calcium-and-Alkalinity/c1_51/p269/Two-Part-Kits/product_info.html

    but like Ian said, get good test kits...overdosing can be just as bad, if not worse, than not dosing at all...
     

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