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  1. Must Reads and Common Problems
    Post here if you feel your new reef cycle has stalled, and we will unstick it without you buying anything extra-as it sits we will unstick the cycle. You’ll be doing a big water change at the right time post your reef pic, the number of days you’ve had the bottle bac in it, and how you...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Hi all, Thanks again to everyone for all the help so far. I had a question about cycling. So, two weeks ago I started my tank. So far ammonia levels have risen very high. Nothing on nitrites yet. I was wondering when you add live rock to the tank? Should I be adding anything else while it...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Last week I lucked into purchasing a “new to me” 75g used tank with all the equipment including rock, refugium, lights, stand etc. I have a 30g tank set up right now with just a few pieces of rock and a few little fish but an algae problem hopefully this upgrade will solve. So….what would be...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I'm trying to remember the exact science behind establishing beneficial bacteria in a tank. Bacteria is colonized that breaks down waste. First bacteria that breaks down ammonia thrives, which is overcome by bacteria that breaks down Nitrite, which is overcome by bacteria that breaks down...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Hi every1, Im planning to build a reef aquarium, i was wondering during the cycling process, should i do it with the filtration system or add the filtration after i get my first fish. For filtration im not going to use a protein skimmer but i will be using poly filter pads. And also should i...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I have seen references in a few places stating that one way to get a reef tank's biological cycle going is to put a dead shrimp in the tank. I can understand the (perverse) logic of this, but it sounds like a bad idea. Does anyone have any experience with this? And if so, would you recommend...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hi and thanks for viewing. I am still new to this site and am having trouble posting video, but now I'm going to try images. I am looking for feedback on my rock placment and powerhead placement. My tank is still cycling, and nothing is living in it yet. As you can see i dont have a sump as my...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, I am new to the Reef world and have been a little to aggresive on adding critters. We started off with a 30gal salt that we had up and running for about a month and a half with no problems. We decided it wasn't big enough and decided to upgrade and are now running a 90gal bow front. It...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    The Reefkeepers Rulebook - Must Read! Guys, I had this idea today that there is no one consolidated place for a new reefer to find good advice on what rules to abide by when starting a reef tank. Alot of newbies make the same rookie mistakes over and over again and I want to start a thread...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    So will increasing my water volume cause a cycle? Im going to be building a sump/refugium out of a 30 gallon long tank, the sump I have now is just under 10 gallons, is there anything I should worry about when increasing the volume of my water?
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I just started a 90 gallon reef tank a couple days ago, i tried looking through threads and googling what it could be but i cant find a good answer so please help me if you can. There is white flaoting particles all over my tank. looks like dandruff...im cycling right now its about day 3. my...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Hello there, we are new to the forum today and have a couple questions about our tank and were hoping you all could help us out. We have a 56 gallon Saltwater tank that is about 2 weeks old. We have about 25 pounds of live rock and another 20 of rock that was once live with coralline but has...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 8 gal biocube it is very new like less than a week, and i have live rock and some yellow pollyps along with two small chromis. Is there anyway to speed up the tank cycling so i can get my water readings right as far as ammonia (needs to be way lower) nitrate, nitrite, and the ph is...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 55g/w 20g sump/refugium. I am setting up my new 100g/w 40g/sump/refugium. I have the 100 running with some live rock from the 55 and have 50lbs. more coming. I am going to trasfer the rest of the rock and livestock from the 55 to the 100. I am trying to cut down on the cycle time on the...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I am in the process of cycling a new 28 gal Nano Cube HQI. The tank is in its 3rd month. Live rock/sand. Will eventually be a reef system with corals and fishes. I just added my cleanup crew last week. Even after quarantine, the rock has developed filamentous algae. Not a major problem - yet...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 34g Sea Max (bb) ,still cycling and the only thing I have in the back is the skimmer and a bag of carbon . I took the mechanical filter out because the placement and ease of getting it out was bad . By the time I got it out I had squeezed it to half it's size and everything went back in...
  17. Reefing Equipment
    Hi, I'm new to the hobby. I read a lot before setting up my reef tank but nothing better than learning from experienced hobbists! I set up last sunday a 75G tank with about 60 lbs of Tonga cured LR. ~1"1/2 Aragonite SB. Lights:150W MH and 2X65W actinic. the refugium is 40G with Caulerpa, SB>3"...
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