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Old 12/10/2006, 07:01 PM
a1rabbit a1rabbit is offline
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My first attempt at salt water.

I've been posting this on another forum for a few weeks, figured I'd cross post it here, maybe someone will enjoy it or get use out of it.

Here is where I'll keep a current picture of my tank.

As of December 9th, 2006.

This is where my thread (on the other forum) first started on November 21, 2006.

First, thanks to everyone who's helped me by either answering my questions directly, making useful threads or just replying to other threads I (and others) read to learn more about this hobby.

The tank will be as follows:

10g glass tank w/ black back
Coralife 96 watt PC lighting
Maxi-Jet 600
Aquaclear 110(500) w/ skimmer attachment (+ fuge mod)
Jager 50 watt Heater (in the fuge)
15 pounds of Carib Sea Aragonite Sand. 12 in tank, some in the fuge, some left over.
13 pounds of Indonesian live rock.
RO water. (not RODI, had no access to a DI unit)
Coralife Digital Thermometer & Regular Glass Suction cup one for accuracy.
Magfloat Tank cleaner (I think everyone has one)
Misc Test items.

Custom stand (50% done) and custom hood to come.

At present the tank is cycling with the live rock. The Maxi-Jet is in there for circulation, the AC Fuge will go in tomorrow when the silicone is ready for water, and hopefully my skimmer attachment will arrive soon to keep the top clean. The AC filter/fuge will add a lot more flow to the back side and over the rock; right now there are at least 2 dead spots in the current flow. One spot is the front right corner. Iím wondering if the clean up group would keep that clean when I get them after itís cycled. Either way Iím going to try adjusting the flow if needed after I get the AC unit.

The rock I picked up today, about 11 pounds from my LFS of Indonesian, Iíll get a few more pieces of rubble for the fuge. The color of the rock is nice in most places. Some is pretty brown and thereís a lot of algae growing on it. Not sure if itís good or bad thoughÖ itís covered in purple/red/green coralline algae, at least I think the green is coralline. So far no hitchhikers that Iíve seen.

Temps around 78 with the heater only, with lights on it goes up to about 80.5. Iíll keep my eye on it over the next couple days. I have a second heater exactly the same as the one thatís in it. I wonder if I should put both in?

Iíll post more pictures when the tank de-clouds and I redo the aquascape. Hereís what I can get so far.

I might post pictures of the stand when itís done.

Rock with Flash

Rock without Flash

That's three peices of rock for those wondering. Long peice on the bottom, one peice on the right, on the sand, and the roundish one on top of the long one.

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