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Tank is operational!!

Cephdoc

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I set the cuttle tank up this morning. It took around 5 hours to get it all operational.. Cloudy from substrate and minimal live rock because im going to clear up the scrathes and glue the aquascaping the way i want when the time comes. I will take some pictures when the water clears up. I used 40 pounds of agronite and 40 pounds of sand for substrate... No bio balls in the system yet, or any livestock. I dont plan on doing any of that for alittle while yet. Im still unsure about some of the things i want to do with it some now i can just take my time and plan things out. I have a slight problem though, I ran out of RO water this morning and given its Thanksgiving there was nowhere to get more, so i had to use some water out of the taps... :frown: i hope this doesnt cause a problem.. I have no knowledge of bad agents in out water besides the basics. I know its rich in iron. Thoughts on whether i should try to rid my tank of this water through water changes or other methods? Will charcoal work ot help filter out some if the bad if there is any?
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I will keep everyone posted on the build, and develepment.
 

DWhatley

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I have no idea what effect most of the metals in our water (other than copper) might have so hopefully someone else can address the subject and you might try a reef forum for some suggestions and general impact thoughts. Neither carbon nor reverse osmosis (RO) remove metals but they bind to the deionizating (DI) sand. I have never tried filtering the tank water with a sand filter (bag of DI sand in the water flow to the sump) and it would be very hard to contain and still have water pass through. If you experiment with it be sure to do so in the sump but you might give it a go.
 

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Im honestly not too worried about it, i have used the tap water in my other 75 gallon reef tank. It has alot of organisms you would think wouldnt like it, and it does great! Pics coming soon
 

Cephdoc

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Tank is still filthy! Ugh! I am working on getting a ballast for my old Current moonlight system. Runns two 10000 K 65W Daylight bulbs, and 2 55W actinic blues, with 5 led moonlights. I am thinking about just running this system for lighting when i replace the ballasts, because it seemed to do great for me last time i had the tank up growing familiar corals... And after doing a fair amount of looking, im not sure if i want to spend 500+ on new lights!! I will keep posting as i update.
 

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I probably should have mentioned to rinse the sand first :oops:. If you can place a particulate filter where the pipe enters the sump (the sock set up works well for this with a little creative hanging ingenuity - the commercial hangers are only for the smaller socks, are costly and are a pain with maintenance). I keep a bag of charcoal in them and use them full time so adding one would not be a waste and will help keep your water clear of particulates.
 

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I did rinse the sand 1st :frown: LOL The LFS said not to rinse it too much it didnt need it that bad he said. And he was correct it didnt seem to bad as i rinsed it.. Im not sure whats going on. Ill look into setting up a sock
 

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Don't worry too much as it will eventually settle but that is typical dust that is usually minimized (but not elimnated) by rinsing. Filtering it out would be a good idea or it will stir up again (not this badly) when you clean the substrate.
 

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I am also aware of keeping sea cucumbers with cuttles? And octopus? Could that also be a good addition to the tank as it develops and i stock it? I currently have 2 in my reef now. I have always had luck with them. As of now i have filter pads in the wet/dry and i rinse those about 3 times a day.
 

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