gallery arcade itrader sponsors

Go Back   Reefer's Cafe > Special Interest Forums > Nano Reefs

Nano Reefs A Forum For Individuals Interested In Keeping Nano Reefs.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-05-2011, 07:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
Fry
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 7
Default New Solana Set-up

Hello all,

So I am new here and to the world of saltwater...I am starting my first tank and wanted to share everything I have so far, and get your input/suggestions.

I recently purchased the Current Solana 34g tank.

Lighting: Current Nova Extreme Pro 6 X 18W
Skimmer: Stock skimmer with the mod posted here
Controller: Reef Keeper Elite
Pump: Stock pump and Tunze 6015 pump
Chemical Dosing: B-Ionic Calcium, Magnesium and Alkalinity and Kalkwasser in the top-off water

I plan on buying the bubble magus T01 dosing pump for the Calcium/Alkalinity and Magnesium and Tunze ATO for replenishing the evaporating water.

The tank is stocked with 30 pounds of crushed coral/live sand and 30 lbs of live rock.

To start the cycle, I spiked the tank with NH4OH (analytical grade), and the tank has been running for about 3.5 weeks. I saw an initial outbreak of diatoms/cyanobacteria (brown stuff) on my rock and sand and have been noticing it disappear now.

NH3 and NO2 is >0.25ppm using salifert test kits, NO3 was at 0.5ppm and I did a 20L water change. Just today I have added my first fish.

Here are some pics. Please leave your comments and suggestions. Thank you!!!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0114.jpg (47.5 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0120.jpg (30.0 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0130.jpg (23.6 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0139.jpg (29.2 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0135.jpg (27.1 KB, 0 views)
new2reeftank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
Fry
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 7
Default Some more pics

More Pics!!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0143.jpg (64.1 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0144.jpg (46.5 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0146.jpg (47.8 KB, 0 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0150.jpg (23.2 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0152.jpg (31.1 KB, 1 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0151.jpg (31.9 KB, 2 views)
new2reeftank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2011, 10:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Senior Member
iTrader: (0)
 
reef man's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Miami, FL.
Posts: 855
Default

Welcome aboard! I'll tell you this...... You went all out for a newbie! Good Luck, you picked an awesome hobby!
__________________
"I wish I could fish 5 days and work 2"
-Bumper Sticker

90g Mixed Reef
30g ADHI Model 60 sump w/fuge
8x54w Tek t5 lighting
Aquaeurousa Classic 135 Skimmer
RKL Controller

Member of the Florida Marine Aquarium society
reef man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 09:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
Junior Member
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Palisades Park, NJ
Posts: 59
Default

Welcome! looking good for your first tank. seems like you did your research and tank things slow.

You might want to move the rock from the glass so it will be easier to clean and you can mount corals there
jokim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 12:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
Staff Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 3,286
Default

Welcome aboard. Great start and you sure saved yourself a lot of money by getting the upper-end equipment on the first-go.

Looking forward to seeing progress. The only think I am unsure about it crushed coral at the bottom.
__________________
.
.
IMPORTANT: Please contact our sponsors for your supplies and livestock needs. Mention that you are from ReefersCafe to take advantage of special offers and discounts they might have at the time.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
Puffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2011, 08:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
Fry
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 7
Default

Thank you all for your input. I'll be putting more updates soon! I was awoken to the sound of a loud gurgling noise from my tank last night. Turned out the foam mesh had disintegrated in skimmer pump. Working on fixing that up!
new2reeftank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2011, 08:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
Premium Member
iTrader: (1)
 
BioCuber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Van down by the river, MD
Posts: 3,265
Default

Welcome to Reefers Cafe, you have a nice looking tank for sure, im my opinion you could not have picked a better tank to start with, these tanks are very easy to mantain and simple to fix, that mod works great but if you can find some enkemat from meshmod.net that will work much better.
__________________
14 Gallon BioCube


I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.
BioCuber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2011, 11:10 AM   #8 (permalink)
Fry
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 7
Default

Thanks Biocuber! I went on their website and they have PF4 and PF5 Enkemat, which one in specific were you referring to?..Thank you!
new2reeftank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2011, 12:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
Premium Member
iTrader: (1)
 
BioCuber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Van down by the river, MD
Posts: 3,265
Default

i ordered the flat one, i think its the pf4. i still have not done the mod again since i have been trying to renovate my home to sell it, but that is the one i will be using. It is very thiick and sturdy and will definitely not disintegrate like the one we started with.
__________________
14 Gallon BioCube


I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.
BioCuber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 04:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
Fry
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 7
Default Tank Update

So here are some updates and pics of the tank...I wasn't very happy with the performance of my stock skimmer even after the mesh mod so I decided to go all out and get a deltec mce600. I also upgraded to a vortec mp10es....Tank is slowly coming along well...Started initially with some softies and worked my way up to LPS and SPS. I wanna keep predominantly SPS in this tank. Here are some pics, let me know what you all think. Sorry I'm just using my phone so its not very clear..
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0125.jpg (78.9 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0129.jpg (48.1 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0130.jpg (90.2 KB, 6 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0126.jpg (46.5 KB, 3 views)
new2reeftank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 06:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
Staff Member
iTrader: (4)
 
JF2381's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Clifton, NJ
Posts: 2,694
Default

I don't know why but I'm loving the canyon look..
__________________
Current Tank:
170G Display with 75g sump
3 x 400w MH
Deltec PF601
Deltec KM500
ATB 840 V1.5
4 x Vortech MP40wES
Neptune Apex Controller

"If the people on some sites spent as much time on their tanks as they do in other people's for sale threads they would all have "tank of the year" quality tanks" - Akma
JF2381 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 07:35 PM   #12 (permalink)
Fry
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 7
Default

Thanks! appreciate it
new2reeftank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2011, 08:53 PM   #13 (permalink)
Premium Member
iTrader: (1)
 
BioCuber's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Van down by the river, MD
Posts: 3,265
Default

tank is looking really nice.
__________________
14 Gallon BioCube


I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.
BioCuber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 09:20 AM   #14 (permalink)
Fry
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 7
Default

Thanks BioCuber!
new2reeftank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2011, 01:40 PM   #15 (permalink)
Premium Member
iTrader: (0)
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Levittown, LI
Posts: 547
Default

looks good. Happy reef keeping.
marki24 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2011, 12:45 PM   #16 (permalink)
Staff Member
iTrader: (2)
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 3,286
Default

Great start! Keep 'em pictures coming.
__________________
.
.
IMPORTANT: Please contact our sponsors for your supplies and livestock needs. Mention that you are from ReefersCafe to take advantage of special offers and discounts they might have at the time.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 signatures.
Puffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
nano, solana


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BioCuber's Solana V2 BioCuber Nano Reefs 82 03-20-2012 10:06 AM
Akma's Solana akma Tank Threads 78 01-04-2012 08:54 AM
DIY Solana skimmer mod BioCuber DIY - Do It Yourself 40 09-14-2011 11:11 AM
Jokim's Solana 34g jokim Tank Threads 25 08-03-2011 06:00 PM
Solana tank BioCuber Nano Reefs 37 09-29-2009 09:16 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:48 AM.

Reef Cleaners

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0 Use of this web site is subject to the terms and conditions described in the user agreement.
Reefer's Cafe

FULL DISCLOSURE: ReefersCafe receives compensation from advertisers in exchange for ad placement on our website. This pays a fraction of our hosting expenses. Thank you for your support!!

Page generated in 0.10004 seconds with 17 queries