Is die off from the rock the only reason you think I should not be doing what I am doing then?????
If so this is not a problem as I went to quite some lengths to ensure that the rock I selected was kept for 6 weeks while my tank was being built in a relatively small heated and lit tank with a filter and protein skimmer attached.
I think there are alot of different views around and as there is minimal commercial sense in the dealers advice I have decided to accept it. However, as the flake or two of food just seems to get lost in the tank I think I will stop adding it. The CUC just spend all day picking over the rocks which are very rich in life (the best I have ever seen in fact from said dealer)so that should be enough.
As for "perfect" water tests I am assuming that nil readings for ammonia, nitrate and nitrate plus PH/O2/PO4/CU/CA etc well within the correct ranges is as good as it gets? There are 2 small corals, three tiny crabs and two small shirmps in the system which is 550 ltrs in total inc sump (taking into account rock displacement - 700 ltrs total volume). How much waste can these things create in the context of that volume of water? I am testing the water every 3 or so days and unless I see the key parameters start to deteriorate then I will continue.
Another dealer offered me the product to speed up the cycle and I made the post for interest sake. I am not cutting corners.
Thanks for the advice and I respect your view. However, as someone who has had a nano marine fish only tank for some time and has spent lots of time seeing the impact of animals and on water quality I will take my own path.
Thanks for the advice. The live rock I have is fantastic - lots of growth all over it and really good colours. Loads of stuff is coming out of it too and there is even some coral growth on it which suprisingly seems to be coming back.
The tanks dealers suggestion is to cycle the tank for 3-4 months using a limited number of hardy soft corals, LR, the clean up crew and just adding a tiny bit of flake food every so often. The reason for doing this is because he says that it prevents algae problems which can occur on new tanks. I am going along with this partly because over time I have had some issues with my fish only nano tank which at one point developed some horrible red slime algae which grew on some of the tank decorations - now thankfully gone!
All water tests are perfect and have been throughout the two weeks I have had the tank - ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, ph, O2, etc. I have a large skimmer in the sump though and am amazed how much waste it is producing considering hardly any food is being added.
I was expecting that - thanks. My tank is 2 weeks into is fishless cycle. It is 500ltrs and it have 50 kgs of liverock in it which hsa been there for 2 weeks and two corals, 3 craps and 2 shrimps that have been there for 1 week. I am thinking of adding another coral.
THe people I bought it from are suggesting 3-4 months before I add fish so I will probably stick to that. That said, it seems like a long wait!!
My local dealer has suggested that I cycle my new tank using JBL "Denitrol" which, according to the packet, contains "highly active beneficial cleansing bacteria which cleans the aquarium water biologically and quickly absorbs pollutants"
Basically i think it introduces bacteria to the tank and it claims to allow you to stock tank 48 hours after adding the stuff.
I have just taken delivery of a new 4x2x2 tank with sump. It is now filled with water but the noise from the Eheim return pump is a nightmare a vibrating noise a bit like having a power generator in the corner. There is water noise from the weir too but at the moment that is the least of my probs! Anyone any ideas?????? any help appreciated.
Interesting debate - just about to buy my first reef tank and find the cost of the MH a bit worrying along with the heat etc. How much are new 150w bulbs? I take it these need replacing every year? Also, if you have these suspended over the tank does this make watching a film on TV with the lights low a very difficult experience?
Is this a decent set up for the money and LED lighting?
I have a small marine fish only tank but want to upgrade to a larger reef set up. My "favourite" shop wants to sell me a ?1500 package which indludes: custom made 4ft tank inc cabinet drilled with sump, filtration media, MH lights (x2), skimmer, ozone, heater, pump & UV steriliser.
To be fair the tank and cabinet look fairly high quality but is this value for money or should I haggle? I am also going to need an RO unit and powerhead from the perspective of hardware alone.
Also, does anyone know if LEDs are a cost effective alternative to MH yet? I am a bit worried about the heat and cost of the MHs although I do not think I will need a chiller as my house is old and cold even in summer!!
HI, I just bought one of these the other day but now it home the cabinet flat pack kit is defective and missing bits. I am also reading all about how noisy it it which is very worrying. Is this a cheap kit for a reason? - its cheaply made? Can you hear the noise of the thing over the TV in your living room? Any quick assistance appreciated - I am thinking of taking it back to the shop.