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Old 03-12-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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New 20g nano tank project.


Hi guys, new guy here. Gotta say this website is pretty incredible with the help I and my cousin have received recently, much appreciated. Anyway, I've recently started my first saltwater tank after having a freshwater when I was younger. So I've decided that I'm going to show my progress in this thread. Let me know what you think. Today I mixed the salt water, waited for fours hours and then added the live sand. The live rock should be here tomorrow or the day after. Anyway, I was pretty satisfied with how well the water cleared in a few hours without a running powerhead. Here is today's progress.


After adding the water + salt mix



After adding the substrate:



And the progress on the water clearing:


Sorry for the quality, I'll use a better camera next time. hah.


Update:

Here's the current state:


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Koralia Nano 425
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25lbs of live rock

Not really sure about the yellow tint other than the ammonia is pretty ****in high, only been about a week since I added the live rock so.
Thursday I'm ordering a Koralia Evo 550, currently at just over 23 turnovers but the flow in some area is pretty meh so going to add another pump and try to hammer those out.

Update:

Ammonia is at 0.25 ppm, nitrites still sky high.

Yellow tint is there still, gonna have to carbon sock it eventually.

Update: 3/27 Koralia will be here thursday, adjust the rocks a bit so that when I add coral they'll actually have more than a flat face to grow on. Diatomes are showing up a bit. weee. Going to possibly to a 20% water change tomorrow. Tank will be at 54 Turnovers roughly and 975gph

Update: 4/4 Added a small cleaner crew today trites down to 0 ppm and trates around 20 ppm. Also did a 50% water change. Hopefully I can get some pics up tomorrow. tank is a bit cloudy atm. Anyway, yay! lol

Update: 5/3 Added a pair of perc. clowns about 2 weeks ago. They are doing great. Hair algae has taken ahold of the top half of my tank, I've cut back on the light down to about 6 hours a day. Need to carbon back the tank to take out the last remaining tint. Preparing for my mid june swap to the 40g. Going to be nice.

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Old 03-12-2012, 08:46 PM   #2
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If not said already,

Welcome to TRT!!!!

also the pictures aren't showing up on my end, you can upload them HERE that way we never have to worry about URL changes, bandwidth, or hot linking problems

good luck on your build
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:52 PM   #3
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Thank you and image links fixed!
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:00 PM   #4
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YAY! looks great now

nothing like watching dust settle out

your gunna need that
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:01 PM   #5
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:30 AM   #6
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+1 to the Arnie P can in the one pic!!!! I love that stuff!

Are you running this without a skimmer or filter of sort? If so, I'm definitely intriqued as I like the minimal equipment look.
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:55 AM   #7
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Well for now, I'm on the fence about a skimmer. I kind of want one but I also think it's almost a little over kill for the tank because of it's size especially if I keep up with the water changes.

Also Arnie P is the best.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:16 PM   #8
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Updated, need to put some **** pictures up.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:37 PM   #9
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Long time since the last update been busy, prepare for pictures!
Been dealing with some hair algae, slowly but surely my margaritas and nerites are getting to it. I thought I had lost my emerald crab after having him a month. I flushed the poor guy, turns out he had just molted and he's still about the tank having himself a good time. I need to pick up some carbon to deal with the yellow tint but other than that all is well!




day after running some carbon:

Here are my two perculas, Harry and Pineapple, Harry is the big one, pineapple is the little guy that's a little more yellow. Reminds me of every like big guy with a little sidekick story ever.





And the amazing ecosaver rock from BRS, 43lbs of it. They did a great job picking the pieces I need for my 40g tank. Letting it cook until about mid june then up she goes. I might not use it all but it's there if I do. I think the maxijet 1200 in that 15 gallons of water might be excessive, but hell! It works!
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LOL thats a big pump...
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Yeah, but it works. Anyway here's after 2-3 days of carbon, really happy with how it's going now. Tint is almost if not completely gone water is really clear etc.

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Old 05-10-2012, 02:40 PM   #12
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You can use a CPR bak pak and put the heater in it I have the same exact tank and I love my CPR Bak Pak.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:06 PM   #13
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What else are you planning to put in? You still have plenty of space for any other organisms. Crabs and snails help the cycling and clean up the tank. Or maybe a shrimp, goby or blenny. So many options, just keep them under about 3-4 inches max size. Good Luck!
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There's already snails and what not in there. There won't be anything else put in here as it's getting broken down in a month or so in favor of a bigger tank.
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Old 05-12-2012, 07:55 AM   #15
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What water r u using? Tap water or RO/DI? I'm thinking your hair algea problem could be from the water if its tap. I have several nanos and get all the other alga but not hair. If your going to a larger size and don't want to skim then check out the refugium from aquatraders.com it like 65 bucks and works well. Load it with some cheato and put your heater and all in there. If your a diy guy then you can mod a ac 110 hob filter as a fuge. Good luck and happy reefing .
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