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Everett, WA
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Tank update

by techguy on 06-16-2010 at 12:11 AM
The tank has been up for a little over a month now and the parameters are looking good.

Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate are undetectable.
Specific Gravity (measured w/refractometer) 1.026
Temp 78-80

The diatom bloom came and went pretty quickly. What has been more persistent is the bryopsis

The only added life in the tank (aka non hitchhikers) are snails that I added as my beginning CUC.

Here are some pictures:

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List of Hitchhikers

by techguy on 05-20-2010 at 12:29 AM
While I am still waiting on the cycle to begin I have seen a lot of hitchhikers so far. Here are the ones I was able to identify:

Vermetid Snails
Brittle stars
Asterina (tiny starfish)
Bristle worms
yellow polyp zoanthids

There are some others I have yet to identify and have only gotten a partial glimpse of. There is a small black colored clam on the rock which I have read is fine.

I am picking out Asterina stars as I find

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Bring on the cycle

by techguy on 05-16-2010 at 11:06 PM
Yesterday I bought about 10lbs of live (seed) rock and filled the tank. I have about 30lbs of sand and 25lbs of base rock in addition to the live rock. Now that the water has been added I am waiting for the ammonia to rise so I know the cycle has begun.

Below are some pictures form the morning after filling (the day of was nothing but cloudy water). Since the pictures were taken the rock on the left side was moved slightly inward to allow for better access to the glass for cleaning.

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