Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
ELGOOSEMAN

Taking the plunge.. From fresh to salt

Recommended Posts

Hey everyone, I am new to the group and its my first time getting salty! I purchased a 29 gallon Biocube off of craigslist. It had everything I needed to get started but it was a little neglected. When i got it the Nitrates were off the chart. Since then I have done three 50% water changes and i have it down to 90.. I am about to do my 4th 50% water change.. I have a mocha clown, rose bubble anemone, and an emerald crab. They all seem to be doing very well, the anemone especially! The stem is longer and the bubbles are longer and fuller. I am new to the reef and salt water thing so i'm trying to keep it simple and as inexpensive as possible! If you have any tips for getting nitrates down faster I would love to hear them, also any tips for a reef beginner would be great! Each time i go to World of Wet Pets for my water I get more excited to get some cool corals and fish but I have to get the tank stable first. Thanks guys!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the addiction!  It is such a great hobby, all consuming at times.

 

Nitrates after cycle?  

 

Most would probably say that continuing to do partial water changes is your best bet for now.

 

Long term hopefully the anaerobic bacteria in the live rock will take care of allot of it, and some people use other methods such as growing chaeto, carbon dosing, de-nitrators etc.  For now, it would be fair advice to say keep it simple and stick with water changes and give that last part of the cycle a chance to finish up.  My son's tank is just coming out of the first part of the cycle, same issue.  Good stuff!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the quick response! Yeah addiction is right... I've done freshwater my whole life and lets just say I've been missing out! Love this stuff. after my 3rd 50% water my nitrates are around 90.. so still sky high. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome to the forum!

Water changes will be your best friend until the nitrates are gone. It will take tike, but they will come down. I bought a setup a long time ago and dealt with the same issue. Slow and steady is where you're at for a while. Is the rear chamber of the biocube modded? A refugium with some chaeto algae will help in the long run.

 

Sent from my SM-G928V using Tapatalk

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have removed the bioballs, I have live rock, live sand, and crushed coral. I am running an Aqua Clear foam filter insert where the main intakes are, then I have a chemi pure blue, a protiene skimmer, heater, and crushed coral in the second chamber.. thoughts on that set up? Should I change something up?

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Welcome ELGOOSEMAN!

 

 It sounds like you are off to a good start, and have gotten some excellent advice. I am looking forward to meeting you at our upcoming meetings and activities! Stay tuned!

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would recommend to all new reefers. Invest in a rodi unit and a  refractometer and mix your own slat water it will save time and money in the long run and will also insure that the water is mixed to the same salinity and PH each time.

 

if you removed bioballs and added crushed coral  it will take some time to build up the bacteria that was lost when the bio balls were removed and may be going through a cycle.

 

Sounds though that you are doing the right thing with water changes and that being patient will pay great dividends in the long run. Good luck and Happy Reefing  :thumbs:

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By bamburgb
      I have a 40B set up for sale, comes with tank, black wood stand, ASM mini G protein skimmer, a sunsun powerhead and a return pump (not sure make or anything). The tank was drilled and has bulkheads on it just needs piping - $100
      29 Gallon bio cube with black stand, HQI light, glass top, protein skimmer, some extra replacement filters and small hydor kralia pump - $300
      Unknown brand protein skimmer used on my 180 gallon reef tank - $50
       
      If your interested in something let me know may come down on price a little hit me up with any offers worst I can say is no. 
    • By Tyler E
      So this evening my daughter decided to play with my cleaner shrimp and dosed the tank with a cup of medium pulp orange juice its a 50 gal mixed reef no sps got pretty cloudy so i turned off skimmer threw a clean canister on it and running some carbon, i know you can dose vitamin c but is this going to have any effects on the system?
       
      Ps.. Torches and frogspawn do not like orange juice lol
    • By HexaReef
      I need a Full Spec LED light fixture and want to get something programmable or 2 channel day/night.
      I'm looking for an OR T247 or a 20" Current Orbit 
      If you have either, or something comparable please let me know what you got!
      thanks
    • By Tyler E
      Looking to trade this awesome mushroom it's 3.5 to 4 inches fully attatched to rock roughly same size open looking for a bunch of xenia,poloyps or a brain or a dang mummy eye pretty open tho 
      Located keizer, OR can travel in state only 

    • By cmckown
      New here so I guess I cant post classifieds. I am moving out of state and need to pass on my SPS tank.
      Any ideas for me to post or contacts to be made I am all ears. I have it on Craigs but could sure use some help.
      971344886three Corey.







×