Susan's RMS c250

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    Hi all. I'm new to SW but have had FW in the past. My hopefully future son-in-law has a 300g tank with a separate sump room and he started my dau with a RMS 40 or 50 gal. They inspired me to take the plunge. It's been many years since I had a tank. I love watching fish.

    I happened upon my tank, a RMS Max c250 (66 gal) in Craigs list--brand new, put together but never used for a price I couldn't pass up: About a third of the going prices I saw online! He bought it for his mobile home and decided it would be too heavy.

    It's set up now (Dec 15) and starting its cycle. I added a shrimp today to help it along. Looking forward to this new adventure. I put it in my office where I spend most of the day writing so I can enjoy it. No one else here during the day and hubby hides in his office when he comes home. figure it would be wasted elsewhere in the house <g>

    Right now have tons of micro air bubbles since starting the skimmer. Found this site using google, read some suggests and will remove air valve and play around with it.

    The photo shows temp probe which will be moved to sump on back, some brown stuff bottom of sand bed. Hoping that's good. String attached to shrimp for easy removal in a couple days. Mag cleaner on front holding thread...

    Looking forward to meeting people and learning about this new hobby.
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    Susan
     
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    Awesome tank!! I too will be starting up a redsea max in the next month
     
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    Good luck and have fun! A bit nervewracking but fun nonetheless!
     
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    Welcome to RS Great looking set up you have there especially Liking the Rock display keep the pictures coming and updates great start


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    to ReefSanctuary, a real Sanctuary of reef forums, with lots of very nice members


    Start a tank thread & share your tank with us so we can follow along, we love pics :nessie:
     
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    Thanks for the welcome. Had no idea arranging rock would be such a challenge!
     
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    where do I go for that? I thought that I was doing that here.... Thanks for the fishy welcome! Cute
     
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    I thought maybe there was another place as someone suggested I start a thread within this thread <g>

    Started doing some water tests. Amonia still at 0 and nitrites at around 5. Tossed in a shrimp yesterday. Will take it out tomorrow. Starting to fall apart some. Working on figuring out which apps to use and plan my daily schedule.

    Have micro bubbles. Waiting a few days for skimmer to break in and will adjust some more. If I remove the air valve, it goes nuts. Nothing in there so figure it doesn't really matter.

    Temp dropped a bit overnight to 77. Not sure what I'll do as I don't have the heat on at night. Set to 62 in the house. Tonight, it's up to 80. Shifted it down just a tad and put the water cooling fans on. Will watch over the next few days and adjust as needed.

    Still working on ATO. Jug I was going to use isn't going to use. Need to go to Home Depot and get a 5 gal bucket and lid, or another garbage can. Will ck amazon....
     
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    So far, no amonia spike, a one day nitrite spike to .5 Shrimp (large jumbo) in for 3 days now. Not sure how long to leave. Micro bubbles gone. Skimmer seems adjusted now.
     
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    I would just leave the shrimp to rot... once the tank cycles and you add a cuc, they will make it disapear overnight

    see what others advise... the ^ what I always do :)
     
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    I have diatom starting on my dry rock and sand bed. Assuming this is a good thing as it means the tank is doing its thing.
    Next week, if not tomorrow, will add a couple of clowns. Diatom not enough yet to add any cuc.

    Here are my tests since I started. I'm using the Red Sea kit. I waited a couple of days before doing the first test.
    17th NH4 0, NO2 0, NO3 0
    18th NH4 0, NO2 .5, NO3 0
    19th NH4 0, NO2 .05, NO3 0
    20th NH4 0, NO2 .02, NO3 2
    21st NH4 0, NO2 .01, NO3 10
    Today, the 22nd
    NH4 0
    NO2 0
    NO3 10
    ph 8.2
    Alk 2.5 Not sure what this is or if it is way too low. (red sea test kit
     
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    Hmmm, time to put temp probe into sump area... And adjust one nozzle so it doesn't shift sand below. Also going to add carbon to media area in back. 2 bags carbon, and tomorrow, the purigen that should arrive.
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    Looks great! so exciting to have a new tank.
    Why two carbon? that seems like a lot, especially combined with purigen. Just asking. I don't think you can overdo carbon, especially if you are planning a bunch of different corals.
     
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    lol's. Probably because that's what came with the set up. I have a media basket with ceramics down at the bottom, then the two carbon bags, and I'll put the purigen on top. As I learn more, I'll adjust...
     
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    First livestock! Nothing too exciting but it's mine :). As much as I like some of the designer clowns, for my first fish, I wanted inexpensive and I like clowns period so these little guys are more than welcome. Added 3 frags: A torch, Xenia and a Clove. I'm researching where to put them now. I know my daughter got me a Xenia for Xmas as she was affronted that I bought one <g>. 20161223_205334_resized.jpg 20161223_200506_resized.jpg 20161223_200511_resized.jpg 20161223_205157_resized.jpg
     

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    I love clownfish too - great additions ! Torch corals are great too flowie/wavie corals !
     
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    Added 2 more corals. A green Star Polyp and a rock of zoo's. From my dau's tank for my xmas present. Very cool. Her SO who has a 300 gal tank and a separate sump ROOM was impressed with my tank and we had some good fish discussions. Def. need to add some more CUC next week. Clowns doing very well. Now to figure out where in the tank to put my new corals!
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    I love the flow of corals. Want some leathers too. Today the torch is really expanding!
     
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    Okay, updating. Tank seems cycled and steady with all tests so far. Added some livestock
    23rd 2 small clowns, 1 clove frag, 1 xenia, 1 torch, 3 cerith snails
    25th 1 green star, 1 frag with zoos
    26th GBTA and fan, 2 turbans, 4 nassarious snails

    All seem to be doing really well. BT is hiding in a deep crevice of my pukani. He just sank down into the crevice. Fan happy except when clowns get too close! Turned off wave maker until I can put a netting around it until I know she is settled or in case she moves. Moved the torch up higher--had all corals on the sandbed for a few days. it's really stretching out and waving

    Numbers are holding. Will do the 1st 10 % water change today. Have to see if the water is at temp yet. Had appearance of some pink stuff on rocks. Cyano most likely. 20161226_192127_resized.jpg 20161227_102440_resized.jpg
     
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