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Old 01/18/2008, 08:32 AM   #76
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For gods sake don't add anymore household cleaner or sweetner to your tank!!!

hmm..... wonder if splenda would have made it turn light black?

seriously though, glad you worked through this problem. This should be a lesson to you that you should fully research everything you do to your tank and for your tanks sake before you go dumping chemicals into your tank please at least post here and get a general consensus of whether or not you should do it. Then form your own opinion and proceed.


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Old 01/18/2008, 08:55 AM   #77
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The Marco I purchased was very clean too, but within 12 hours of putting it in water the ammonia was off of the charts. I didn't need to add a single thing.
Same here, I added about 80lb in my new tank and BAM > ammonia was sky high ( already had water in it for a couple of weeks ). So basicly adding the marco rocks started my cycle, I never had to add anything at all in it to get it going.


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Old 01/31/2008, 04:44 PM   #78
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Update!

Thought I'd give everyone an update on the infamous Black Tank. It's been three weeks since I woke up to see that my tank had apparently been replaced with the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and things are looking pretty good. I've been steadily seeding the tank with isopods and copepods from my other tanks, as well as obtaining a few small pieces of live rock from other tanks, from which I've seen amphipods, more bristleworms, some collonista snails and one bivalve. Brittle stars and Asterina stars are also present. There's been a diatom (I think, I'll take some into the lab tomorrow to take a look under a microscope) bloom across the glass, but not a severe one. I also added three hermit crabs and a few Astraea snails. One snail died mysteriously but everything else is doing well. I just finished hooking up the 5G RDSB, which has clouded the water a bit with fines from the sand I used. I've purchased a Tunze 9010 skimmer, which should be more than adequate and will arrive sometime next week. The only component that I don't yet have are the lights.


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Old 01/31/2008, 05:08 PM   #79
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Awesome and good luck in the future.

Your tank, to this day, is still the only tank to really make me say *** in all seriousness.


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Old 01/31/2008, 05:55 PM   #80
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Old 01/31/2008, 07:17 PM   #81
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This has been an entertaining and educational thread for me. Thank you for posting this for us LockeOak! I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.


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Old 02/25/2008, 08:01 PM   #82
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Update!

Howdy everybody, here's an update on my progress. I now have all of the major components up and running, I obtained my lights last week, a 48" Aquactinics TX5 setup. They're amazing on this tank. I've moved over the coral frags from my 10G tank that were not connected to pieces of live rock and I'm using layers of screens with short photoperiods to acclimate them to the (much) higher light. I've moved over a green slimer, Pocillopora, some zoanthids, ricordea and an Acanthastrea. Everything seems to be doing very well, I've only had to clean the glass once. I'll try to transfer the rest of the livestock, including the fish, over the weekend. In two weeks I'll be out of town for a week, so I have to make sure everything is settled and self sufficient by then. The skimmer isn't producing very much, I think because the bioload is so low. I have had massive copepods and amphipod explosions, though, and bristleworms are becoming more common. I feed the tank a few Formula 1 or 2 pellets and some freeze dried cyclopeeze every day or so as not to starve the microfauna. I'm using a cameraphone, so the colors aren't really true to life, but they should give you some idea. Thanks everyone for following along.

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Old 02/25/2008, 08:19 PM   #83
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Old 02/25/2008, 08:30 PM   #84
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Nice to see everything is good now


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Old 02/25/2008, 09:08 PM   #85
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Old 02/25/2008, 09:10 PM   #86
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Your tank is looking great! wayyy better than the blackness......


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Old 02/25/2008, 10:10 PM   #87
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Thread of the month. Easily.


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Old 02/25/2008, 11:38 PM   #88
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I saw this thread when it was started and laughed so hard I cried, now weeks later it pops up again and I must say it is just as funny the second time. I am very impressed with the progress and I wish you the best.


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Old 02/26/2008, 03:31 PM   #89
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awesome, man, awesome.

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Old 03/01/2008, 04:11 PM   #90
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My favorite thread of the year... back to the top!


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Old 03/01/2008, 04:32 PM   #91
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all i can say is WOW ..
if it was me id start over ...empty all the water out clean all the rocks off till they looked like they did when i bought them(if possible)
and let it cycle naturally ...thats what i would do


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Old 03/01/2008, 05:00 PM   #92
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after all that im just impressed at how good your camera phone is!


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Old 11/16/2010, 05:34 PM   #93
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That dead rock is truly dead as in lot of dead stuff in it. I have cycled tanks with 3 shipped Fiji and Florida rock that had less of a bloom than the "dead" rock. I would still use it, just expect some crazy stuff!


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Old 11/16/2010, 05:48 PM   #94
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wow totally awesome!


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Old 11/16/2010, 05:50 PM   #95
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I'd say you are ready for fish, my friend.

I think this little saga of yours will likely end well. And it makes a good story for guests.


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Old 11/16/2010, 05:51 PM   #96
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Actually one of the cooler necro-threads I've seen.


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Old 11/16/2010, 05:58 PM   #97
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Haha, someone raised this from the dead. The tank is still going (and has been moved once), and aside from some cyano issues it's doing pretty well. I'll grab a camera tomorrow and take a picture.


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Old 11/16/2010, 06:19 PM   #98
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I wouldnt put that water through a good skimmer. Drain the tank. Clean the rocks. Start again with no Sugar or ammonia.


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Old 11/16/2010, 06:23 PM   #99
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I just noticed how old this thread is LOL. How about some updated tank pics?


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Old 11/16/2010, 06:43 PM   #100
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I'm glad someone bumped this, I've never seen black water before! LOL


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