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Hello, so I finally had a chance to visit J&L's aquatics and picked up some saltwater supplies. This isen't my first time doing SW, but definatly the time where I have invested the most. Ill be keeping this thread updated of progress as well as ask some questions to more expeirenced reefers out there. Thanks and enjoy the pictures!

So I picked up a Biocube 14 at J&L's a few days back. I think its the one that came with the upgraded lighting. (also picked up a stand)


Also got around 20LBS of this new "Real Reef Rock", both base and branching.


Here is the tank before I added anything to it, with the stand.


I took out half the bioballs and added a bag of chemipure elite. Not sure if I should take all the bioballs out. any advice anyone?


That is the tank after set up, still very cloudy because of the fine argonite sand I used.


After a day, (today), the water has cleared up and you can get a good view of the aquascape I did with the rock and branches.


My tank is near the windows, although the tempature is just right, it gets a bit of sunlight everyday for a while. Would this cause huge algae problems? because its not to late to find a solution now then be sorry later.


Also, I have 20LBS of cured liverock, 10LBS of livesand, and I dose the tank with at least 20ml of Seachem new tank Stabilizer. I also put in some brine shrimp for it to decomepose. Its been about 4 days since I set it up, and I plan on dosing it for 2 weeks. Am I ready to add my clean up crew after I dose the tank for a week? I haven't tested my water yet but I will do so later today. I have the API freshwater test kit, but after hours of browsing forums, I am sure that I can use it for saltwater.


Here is a good view of the aquascaping I did


Ill keep you guys updated with the tank when I get my cuc, fish and corals! Any advice is appreceiated and please awnser some of the questions I had if you can!
Thanks
 

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So its only been 6 days since I set up this biocube and I got a red sea marine test kit. The water parameters show that the cycle is done but Im not sure how it can be so fast. I dose it with 10mL of seachem stability every day, Ive got 20lbs of live rock and this is what the tests showed me:

Ammonia : 0.2ppm yesterday, 0ppm this morning

Nitrite: 0ppm

Nitrate: 2ppm

I havent got any ammonia spikes and I will moniter the tank for a few more days before adding anything.
Im really quite surprised with the tests i took!
Any advice for this would be appreceiated
 

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beautiful tank, those biocube kits are so nice, i know nothing about cycling a salt water tank..
but there's lots of knowledgeable marine tank owners on here im sure theyll chime in
 

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beautiful tank, those biocube kits are so nice, i know nothing about cycling a salt water tank..
but there's lots of knowledgeable marine tank owners on here im sure theyll chime in
Thanks! I agree, the biocube kits are nice!
 

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I am not a salty guys so correct me if I am wrong. But as far as I know cycling a salt tank is more for Turning rock and sand to live rock and sand. You have live rock and sand so cycle was already done just needed time to stabilize.

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You should be fine to add a fish
 

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You should go they an algea bloom when you add fish poor or other stuff

So yea u should be ready to add fish you don't need to wate a month lol
 

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Ammonia: 0ppm, Nitrite: 0ppm Nitrate: 5ppm
Algae came and gone (thanks to the CUC)


Added a tiny candy cane frag which is doing good


updated #2 filter chamber :

|-----------| <- Floss
|********| <- Cheato
|-----------| <-Floss
|[0000000]| <- Chemipure Elite
|(o)(o)(o)(o)| <- Bioballs
|(o)(o)(o)(o)| <- Bioballs

Got a pair of high quality black ice clowns from Timbits! and a frag of GSP. Thanks for the clowns!



Need to get rid of black percula clown.
FS 20$ or trade for a frag or two.
If no one takes it by next sunday, it will be brought to Timbits.
Thanks!
 
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