Mike and Ashley's 150g reef tank (our first)

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by WCKDVPR, May 31, 2017.

  1. Vhuang168

    Vhuang168 Supporting Member

    It sure is! Careful what gets introduced. That light will grow EVERYTHING!.

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    WCKDVPR Guest

    Will do!

  3. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Nice meeting you yesterday Mike and thanks for the vino. :)

    WCKDVPR Guest

    Nice meeting you to. Thanks for the chaeto!
  5. Ibn

    Ibn Supporting Member

    Let me know if you need more down the line. I'm gonna be pruning that amount every month or so going forward.

    WCKDVPR Guest

    OK thanks. Hopefully what I have grows.

    WCKDVPR Guest

    Ammonia down to zero. Yeah.
    Nitrite still high. OK.
    Nitrate now somewhere between 20-40 ppm. Getting there...........and I am getting very anxious to get something into the QT TTM cycle.

    Lowered the light for the refugium to 5" off the water, which is below the height of the overflow holes in the sock chamber. The skimmer section has about a 1 1/2" higher wall than the water level, so I'll look to point the light towards the sock chamber tonight to reduce spill over into the skimmer section. I may just get a piece of black acrylic from Tap Plastics and extend the baffle between the refugium and the skimmer section. Easy enough to do and should really isolate the light.

    That whole pH/oxygenation thing is interesting. We had some painters in today to start painting our downstairs. Closed up house and lots of fumes, pH went from 7.92 to 7.81 in 6 hours. They left for the day and I opened the windows and the pH has risen back to 7.85 in just 45 minutes. We'll see what happens tomorrow when they do more painting.

    pH has been hanging around 7.92 for days, given today's unintended "experiment", I think I am going to try aerating a sample of water and watch if the pH changes to see if we just have a high CO2 load in our house.

    WCKDVPR Guest

    Ammonia still at zero (no surprise there)
    Nitrite at 0.25 so very close to being there
    Nitrate at 20 ppm

    Interesting that the Nitrate has dropped on its own.

    Great unintended science experiment. We had painters in for three days and it had a significant effect on pH in the DT.

    pH with painting.jpg
  9. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    Closing up windows and having even one person in a room raises co2 a surprising amount quickly

    WCKDVPR Guest

    The tank is in our family room, the busiest room in the house and right next to the kitchen.

    Anyone use a CO2 scrubber to bump pH?
  11. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    I do it works but gets expensive. I even piped in outside air.

    WCKDVPR Guest

    How often do you go through scrubber? Or how much per month do you spend on scrubber material?
  13. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    7-8 days max and from air drawn from outside of house.
  14. Chromis

    Chromis Supporting Member

    Does anyone know what the right setting is for Kessil H lights on algae is? It seemed like red grew the red algae faster than the green, and blue made the chaeto grow fast but strands were thinner. I switched back to somewhere in the middle ("purple").

    Also I can't run my H80 more than 50% without burning my algae and currently am using 40%. You might want to start low and slowly turn it up...

    Good idea to add chaeto first! Should help with nitrates during your cycling.

    WCKDVPR Guest

    Thanks. Nitrates are dropping even as I near the end of the nitrite phase. I have my H80 full power on " grow", I'll try backing it off a bit and setting it more blue.

    Scuzy - yikes, what did it take your pH from at baseline to when using the scrubber? I was thinking of blending some air through the srcubber and some from room/outside to make the material last longer as I was afraid it may be pricey.

    WCKDVPR Guest

    Yeah - tank is cycled! 15 days from 4 ppm ammonia and lots of Dr. Tim's to zero Nitrites.
    Ammonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate is still dropping, now down to 10 ppm and I haven't done any water change yet (carbon, GFO, and chaeto running).

    Lowered the temp to 77.0 - 77.5 F.

    Now seeing I am many weeks away from getting any fish out of QT (seeing I haven't bought any yet), and at least 1.5 weeks from lights and then picking up some starter coral(s), do I need to feed the bacteria until I get some actual inhabitants in there?
  17. scuzy

    scuzy Supporting Member

    You could also get cleanup crews

    WCKDVPR Guest


    We also have fire shrimp on our list, would those work at this time?
  19. RandyC

    RandyC Supporting Member

    Snails. I prefer banded trocchus, turbos (if you ever get green hair algea) and cerith. Once you get fish and are feeding, I like nassarius and fighting conch for left over food. Fighting conch will also eat algae. I'd save shrimp until you start feeding fish. They'll help take care of left over food.

    If you're gonna go crab route, you can add some too.

    Your tank will get ugly before it gets pretty once your turn on the lights.

    WCKDVPR Guest

    Wouldn't snails/crabs also need to go through quarantine?

    What type of crabs are recommended?

    Ugly as in algae ugly?

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