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Reply #30

Looks great, colours n the tank defiantly look better with your new lights!

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The pics loading sideways is to do with which way around you hold your phone when taking them.  For my phone turning it sideways with the volume buttons on top works fine, but if I turn it so they're on the bottom, the pics upload sideways.

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Reply #32

Filtration media...
Chaeto is great. You may want to add phosphate media and or carbon at point, but do it as you need it.  You don't need anything just now.

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thank you for the help, just a couple of questions if you could help please

1. after changing the substrate the rocks are all covered in a white dust/film will it effect the calcium and should i test for it or add additional filtration methods
2. the heater that came with the tank is strugling to bring the tank to 26 degrees its currently at 25.1 but the heater is dialled in to 28 and have tested other places in the tank to confirm the reading of the main guage of 25.1

cheers all

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Reply #34

Sand on the rock is no problem.  Just waft/blow it off (a turkey baster is good for this).

Suggest you get an STC-1000 (temp controller) to keep the temp stable, and wire it up for two heaters.  You need two that can each keep the tank warm (in case one breaks).  You need to increase temp slowly, as a jump of 3 degrees will stress the fish.   Marine's need stability over anything else.

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i tried my trusty turkey baster and it did not come of it looks like a thin coating of icing sugar. i am now worried that my cheato in the back chambers is holding to muck detitrius as i moved it with the turkey baster and the crap that circulated in the tank  :S does it need more flow than just the water failling know the comb in the weir ?. also do i need to invest in other test kits other than the api master kit?

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Reply #36

i use salifert for alk, mag and cal. Seem to be cheapest of the reliable kits!

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i tried my trusty turkey baster and it did not come of it looks like a thin coating of icing sugar. i am now worried that my cheato in the back chambers is holding to muck detitrius as i moved it with the turkey baster and the crap that circulated in the tank  :S does it need more flow than just the water failling know the comb in the weir ?. also do i need to invest in other test kits other than the api master kit?
Sugar coating could be coralline algae dying off?  Cheato shouldn't really trap detritus.  More flow will sort that - turn up the return pump to the max.  Is it tumbling?  API kits are not great - as above Salifert for nitrate, ammonia, nitrite, alk, mag, cal.  RedSea, Nyos or DD for phosphate.

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Reply #38

I appreciate all the help @HK_Fuey and others the information your providing is invaluable. The rear chambers are as the included image.  I will look into purchasing the additional test kits next pay cheque :( .I shall upload an actual picture of the rear chamber later with an tank update picture also

cheers Richard

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Reply #39

Added pics from refugium that is with the grow light on btw

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