New nano reef tank

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Hi everyone i thought i would share my new tank and hopefully learn a lot along the way as it grows and develops into the reef tank i am wanting it become, i have a fluval evo 52l nano reef tank, i am using carib sea aragonite sandbed of 2" along with 6kg of dry rock, the tank has only been set up for 2 days now so I'm looking forward to getting through the cycling in process, i am using ATM colony to add bacteria and i have 1 small firefish, 1 red legged hermit crab and 2 turbo snails, my plan is to let the tank run now for about 2 months before adding anything else, allthough if it is possible i would like to add some soft corals if they would be ok in a new tank? Thanks for looking and i appreciate any help or advise you think worth mentioning, here is the progress so far

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parameter checks today salinity 1.027, topped up with 1l of freshwater and now reads 1.021   :grin:
Ph 8.0
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrite0.0
Nitrate 0.0

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Looking good ,try to get ammonia to 0 if you can ,you can buy a solution from lfs that will sort that out quick smart ,i got some somewhere I'll try to find it let you know what it is
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Seachem,amguard ,   also might help to have seachem stability in you're little box of treatments ,these two are wicked .
Dave

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I have just ordered a bottle of sea chem stability tonight lol I hadn't heard of amguard though but I'll look into it, the tank has only been running for 2 days now but I will test Ammonia for the next few days and see if it rises, if it does rise I will probably do a 20% water change and add some sea chem stability, I was also thinking of adding some media into the first chamber such as chemi clear blue and maybe some filter floss as well and in the 3rd chamber with the return pump, would this be a good idea?

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Every little helps ,when it comes to filtration,do the water change ,leave it for 24 - 48 hours before testing give the tank a chance to settle,
Apart from that you are on the right track ,just keep an eye on all the clean up crew make sure all are ok,the stability will help lots,it's good stuff,
Best thing to do now is be patient ( if you can ) before adding anything else ,admire what you have until all you're parameters show green light,
Keep testing,and good luck ,keep us posted
Dave

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My seachem stability arrived so I am going to do my first waterchange on this tank ( day3) as Ammonia has risen from 0.25ppm- 1.00ppm, nitrite and Nitrate still read 0ppm so I'm assuming due to the biological filter not being established yet. Salinity has come down to 1.019 as well so I think a waterchange will do good here, I'm also going to dose 5ml of seachem stability, I will mix the stability into 1l of tank water and pour half into the filter and half into the main tank, I have also bought a Nitrate filter sponge and some poly pads to put into chamber 1

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I have done my 20% water change although i mixed salinity in the bucket to 1.022 it didn't raise it enough overall, it may just need some time to mix into the main tank as I tested it about 10mins after adding, I ll test again tonight and in the morning, I'm hoping with evaporation the salinity will rise up slowly, I also added the Nitrate sponge I picked up and a poly pad on top, I'm not sure of I've done it right but I think it seems OK, I've took some pics so feel free to critisize and offer any adjustments you think may help, thanks for reading

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To add to my first chamber filter mod I have inserted the overflow adjuster on the inside to make the water trickle ontop of the poly pad as it enters the chamber

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After watching some filter mod videos on YouTube I have seen it is recommended to block the hole from chamber 2 to the main tank to increase flow so I have used a piece of plastic jammed against it with the sponge it comes with and it has made a difference, much more flow from the return pump and it has slowed down the filtration, the rear sump now sits at different levels from the main tank as opposed to being the same and the media just sitting in it

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I forgot to add my salinity has now risen to 1.021  :grin:

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You seem to be coping well,and keeping on top of things,always fiddly at first but you doing ok well done ,
It can be a nightmare sometimes when dealing with new setups,I've heard of stories over the years and actually had one of my friends struggle a little bit trying to get parameters right ,water flo ,etc.and instead of asking for help got frustrated and packed it all up ,
That's why we have places like this to fall back on to ask the questions and get the help,and have a bit of a laugh aswell along the way,
I've found it's all about a bit of patience,friends (ReefBase) and asking for help instead of struggling,it's free to ask some people don't seem to realise that,or that we have all had the same problems at some point,
You doing ok so far , 8D
Dave


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Thanks for the kind words Dave it is reassuring to hear I'm doing OK as it is a little scary not knowing if I should or shouldn't do something, I have made that mistake in the past and ended up closing down my saltwater tank and never went back, we'll here I'm here this time round and it's definitely on a better track, I did panic a bit after last night's water change, after about 4 hours the water was still cloudy and I thought I may need to clean the filter again but I remembered that bacteria blooms can also look cloudy and as I have just added sea chem stability that made sense, the water is looking lovely and clear again today, just about to test my salinity before I head to work then another 5ml stability, I have to say I am eager to add some corals? but if it would hinder my progress I will wait

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My salinity was down to 1.019 this morning, I feel like I should just leave this and let evaporation bring it back upto normal, I can't think why it would go down though

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