New nano reef tank

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Reply #30

1020 is the ideal number you should be looking for .1026 is a bit high ,not really ideal but tolerable,
You still having problems with the salinity?
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Reply #31

No problems with salinity today thankfully, 1.022 so it must just have been a dodgy reading, how high would you let it go before topping up and setting it back to 1.020

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Reply #32

How many litres is the new tank mate? Looking good up to now, I bet with a smaller tank your fluctuations in parameters will be more

When does the refractometer come?


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Reply #33

Thanks mate it's a 52l tank but with the sand and rocks in I measured 48l in total, I expect the parameters will definitely go out faster in this size of tank but I think that'll become easier once I dial in just the right amount of water to add daily so I can try and keep it as stable as possible, I'm also planning to get an ato in the future to keep things as stable as possible, the refractometer is supposed to be here this Friday so fingers crossed it does then I can have a more accurate way of testing, I'm learning a lot as I go and it's a pretty steep learning curve but I'll get there lol I can't wait till the tank becomes stable and then add another fish and possible a little £10 soft coral frag and see how it does, if it does well then I can start to think about a few bigger more expensive soft corals, I'm loving this little tank, my powerhead should be here this weekend aswell so I'll get that in for better flow and filtration

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Reply #34

Looking good,yeah the smaller tanks do need a more regular water change but it's worth it ,because having this will help to prepare you for the next step up when you're ready ,
Well done mate glad to see the water is finally under control.,(bloody pain in the arse sometimes)
Always available if you need any help with anything.
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Reply #35

I'm wondering what is there a safe number of coral to add at once?  I'm thinking more for 4-6 weeks down the line probably but just looking for fun and to get an idea of different corals, I seen a coral pack from jbs online for £39 total 8 different corals 5 zoas, 3 soft corals along with coral food and copepods which seems a bargain compared to my lfs

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Reply #36

This is the pack, it's also free postage on this pack as well

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Reply #37

1.024-1.026 would be more typical specific gravity for a reef tank with corals in.  If you run it at 1.020 you'll find the alk, cal and mag mix a little too low when you make new water up.  Not by huge amounts,  but why chase your tail if you don't need to? 😊

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Reply #38

I agree with the 1024-1026.
Only reason I keep mine at 1020-1022 is so that I don't run the risk of high salt with evaporation ,it gives me a cushion of leeway if it starts to rise to do something about it ,rather than have it at 1024-1026 then find out it's crept up with evaporation and reads 1030 which isn't really brilliant,
Everybody has their own way and system that works for them and may not for others ,I'm not here to judge just to say what works well for me personally and my tanks over the years.
Dave

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Reply #39

Definitely Dave, everyone has the way that works for them, I think I'll stick with a lower salinity just now while I'm fish only and doing top ups, once I get an ato it might be OK to raise it without evap problems, my Ammonia was up at 1.5 last night, still no Nitrite or Nitrate so I done a 50% water change and it dropped to 0.5 Ammonia

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Reply #40

Good work Watching with interest, looking at getting one of the tanks in the future. your on the right tracks will look good when mature.
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Reply #41

 8D Well done mate,looks like you have it Sussed ,makes a lot of difference when you can get help from all of us on here instead of relying on lfs who just want you buy some more chemicals to boost their profits,don't get me wrong sometimes you might have to splash the cash a little bit but here it's free advice and many years between us all that just might be able to save those pennies with a cheeky idea or two so you can sit back with a wee dramm of scotts courage and 1 and only 1 ice cube and chill ,
Dave

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You'll be giving us all advice soon at this rate. :glad:

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Reply #42

Thanks very much guys, I can't wait until it's matured aswell, it'll be cool to see the different stages on this post as it ages, this forum is a great bit of help, I've learned a lot on the short time I've been here so far

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Reply #43

Always welcome,
I'm in the same situation with my tank having to wait for it to mature,had water tests done yesterday at lfs water is all ok but I haven't got anything in it yet,was expecting something to spike being new setup but all parameters were showing it's ready,will be waiting for another week then re-test if all ok then I'll put a fish in it ,I'm running bio-boost in the filter that will last 4 weeks,so that will help with the bacteria side.i hate all this waiting crap.
Dave 8D


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Reply #44

My moon rock marine tank will have to wait another week , :damn:
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