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Liveinabox419
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PostPosted: 2008.09.03(Wed)17:50    Post subject: Protein Skimmer Help Reply with quote

I just recently added water, live sand, and live rock to my 29 gallon. Equipment is a Rena XP2, one each of a Koralia 1 & 2, and a Aqua Euro Protein Skimmer, all running now. But, right now my tank is cloudy as all get out!! The sand just settles on the rocks so I brush it off, only to cloud the water more.

But anyway, the real problem , I think, is in the protien skimmer's collection cup is only water. Is that right?? Now there is an outlet in the cup, but I capped it because I don't know where it is suppose to drain. Is the protein skimmer messed up or what? And, what do I do about the cloudy water?
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PostPosted: 2008.09.04(Thu)6:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Protien skimmers need time to break-in before they start working in a consistant fashion. Plus you don't have any waste in the water yet if you just added it to the tank. Which model do you have? The only model I see with a drain is the rps-265. If so you need to drain it to a container. a lot of people use 2-liter bottles.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.04(Thu)14:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

The model is the new nano. My work gave it to me for $50 to try it out. But I figured because there wasnt anything in the water it wasnt pulling anything out. So the tank is clearing up alittle, but I keep moviing the rocks. lol Should I leave the skimmer running even though nothing is in there? And what should be the first live creature(s) I add??
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PostPosted: 2008.09.08(Mon)19:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to make sure your tank is properly cycled,
the skimmer can interfere with this process in my opinion... I would suggest you research and understand the nitrogen cycle---the normal cycling period is about 3-4 weeks, water tests will confirm when it is safe to add your animals. Here's more:
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/estbiofiltmar.htm
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PostPosted: 2008.09.08(Mon)20:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. It seems that cycleing a saltwater aquarium is alittle different than a fresh water one. So, I will continue with no live stock and monitor the Ammonia (which is just barely regestering) and keep a look out for those nitrates. But how long should I have my lights on during the cycleing proccess?
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)10:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liveinabox419 wrote:
Thanks. It seems that cycleing a saltwater aquarium is alittle different than a fresh water one. So, I will continue with no live stock and monitor the Ammonia (which is just barely regestering) and keep a look out for those nitrates. But how long should I have my lights on during the cycleing proccess?


never. Otherwise, you might get an unusual algae bloom.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)14:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right now, to add a source of ammonia, I am just adding old Cichlid Gold pellets and any left over juice I have from when I feed frozen food to my fresh. Is this okay? Or should I go about this another way?

What should be the first fish I add? I was trying to decide between a Coral Beauty or a Flame Angel. I also wanted to add a Royal Gramma, Firefish, and maybe a scooter blenny or Banggii Cardinal.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)16:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liveinabox419 wrote:
Right now, to add a source of ammonia, I am just adding old Cichlid Gold pellets and any left over juice I have from when I feed frozen food to my fresh. Is this okay? Or should I go about this another way?

What should be the first fish I add? I was trying to decide between a Coral Beauty or a Flame Angel. I also wanted to add a Royal Gramma, Firefish, and maybe a scooter blenny or Banggii Cardinal.



How about not adding anything. If you have live rock and a couple powerheads, that's all you need.
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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)23:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Liveinabox419 wrote:
Right now, to add a source of ammonia, I am just adding old Cichlid Gold pellets and any left over juice I have from when I feed frozen food to my fresh. Is this okay? Or should I go about this another way?

What should be the first fish I add? I was trying to decide between a Coral Beauty or a Flame Angel. I also wanted to add a Royal Gramma, Firefish, and maybe a scooter blenny or Banggii Cardinal.


I would avoid sensitive species like Angelfish for at least 6 months, until your system achieves a natural balance and you are sure of a problem-free system. It is also very important for you to set up and cycle a quarantine tank at this time, and use if for all new arrivals. The so-called Scooter Blenny is not a true blenny but a dragonet (like the Mandarin), and it's a terrible choice for a new tank due to its penchant for live foods. A good first fish would be a small clown or a single blue damsel. Please review these links on livestock choices and things a beginner should know:
http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=17688
http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=24970&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=
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