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    Just built a 90G SW for fish w/ LR and BR`

    Hello Everyone,

    I have just finished putting together a 90G saltwater aquarium for my 3 GS Puffers 5 Damsils. To make a very long story short, I had a brackish setup with driftwood and changed it to full salt. The drift wood and full salt didn't like one-another so here I am with a all new marine aquarium......

    Specs:
    -90G AGA (NOT drilled)
    -Fluval 404 with floss and phoshate remover
    -Prism HOT protine skimmer (crapy I think)
    -2 MaxiJet 600 powerheads
    -120lbs Tufa base rock
    -10 lbs live rock
    -90 lbs Agronite sand(fine)
    -3 Green Spotted Puffers(I slowly changed them from .015 (brackish) to .025)
    -5 Damsils (3 Blue and 2 Striped)
    -2 Hermit Crabs
    -1 Turbo Snale
    -4 smaller snails
    -lighting 4 screw-in powercompact full spectrum bulbs 60W ea.
    -Temp 80F
    -Home-made surface skimmer for the Fluval intake

    So I plan on doing water changes every week for a month or 6 weeks while the live rock starts to seed the sand and the Tufa and all starts to filter the water. I saved 40G of water from the old setup, so there is plenty of fresh now. All the fish seem to be adapting well.

    My questions are:
    Should I use carbon as well?

    Will my LR/BR and sand bed (2in. deep) start to filter my water as soon as 6 weeks?

    Should I/will I have to add anything to the water to help the filtering/water quality?

    Any other thoughts?


    Thanks everyone.....


    kennyv

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    hiya!

    I wouldn't use carbon as it removes the good as well as the bad. I would add more lr though.

    just my 2 cents
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    Hello

    Thanks for the reply. lr - Live rock?


    kennyv

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    Looks like a GOOD start. However ... If that tank is not filled yet I would advise you to DRILL it now and be done with it ... OR buy a cushion because you WILL be kicking yourself in the behind later ......
    Rob

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    yes, lr=live rock. The more lr you have, the more natural biological filtration. It will also help to seed the base rock quicker. Another note on the carbon..if you're putting in all new sand, your tank will cycle as if brand new. Activated carbon will help to remove some of the ammonia, so you may want to use it until your ammonia and nitrite levels zero out.
    I'd also be concerned for your puffers. The ammonia spike could do them in. You may consider keeping them where they're at until your tank has cycled. The Damsels and other animals should be ok.

    Hope this helps.

    Troy
    "I'm Mad!...I'm mad 'cause I cant see my forehead!" ~ Patrick Starfish, Bikini Bottom, Ocean

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    Hello Salty Dog & Reefmac,

    Thanks for your imput. The tank is running and filled, so drilling it is a no-go!! I know, I know, I tossed the idea around but it all came down to $$$. I just couldn't afford to do the sump thing etc.

    The puffers are in the new tank now. I will buy a Saltwater test kit tomorow and keep an eye on everything.

    I guess, ideally Nitrate,Nitrite and Ammonia should all be 0!!

    Thanks again for the imput.



    kennyv

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    Hello,
    I just checked my PH (the only test I have for saltwater) and its at 7.5 It should be around 8 to 8.5. As the tank settles down will the PH sort itself out?

    kennyv

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    The ph may not sort itself out...however, I wouldn't start buffering to raise the ph until you know about ammonia levels. The higher the ph, the more toxic ammonia will become. Once you know your levels, act accordingly. You only want your ph at around 8.2, above that is a waste of money spent on buffers. Also, raise the ph over a week or so, so that you don't shock the fish.
    Matt.

    Old system torn down to make a playroom.. planning a 62x42x28 high

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    Hello, IYO, what would be the best way to rais the PH?

    Thanks

    kennyv

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    Hello All,

    Just bought a saltwater test kit and readings are as follows:

    -Ph - 8.2
    -Ammonia - 0.35ppm
    -Nitrite - 0ppm
    -Nitrate - 0ppm


    Thanks - And your thoughts ???


    kennyv

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