New 10 Gallon Update: Life is Pretty Good

Discussion in 'New to Reefing' started by tizapolgar, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. tizapolgar

    tizapolgar Zymurgist

    Sep 11, 2006
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    Tallahassee, FL USA
    Well, just in case anyone is interested:

    10 Gallon
    10 lbs. live rock
    65 watts coralife 50/50 daylight/blue actinic light
    Ammonia: 0
    Nitrite: 0 (or darn close)
    Nitrate: was very low, now around 10-20 ppm (but I know why...grr)

    (1) Yellow tail damsel
    (1) peppermint shrimp
    (2) blue-legged hermits
    (3) Trochus (one is actually a turbo) snail
    (1) small colony of button polyps
    and some polyp things whose name I forgot =( But they're green and look like anenomes...some kind of soft bodied coral. Pardon my ignorance, I'll get picks up eventually.

    Well, the tank cycled some time ago and I've been slowly adding livestock (the damsel has been there since near the beginning to help the cycle...later added the hermits, then the snails once the diatom bloom started).

    Everything seems to be going quite well, and everyone is thriving and eating.

    My question at this point is: with such a small tank and my regular (usually biweekly) 10% water changes (with RO water), how closely should I monitor elements such as calcium, and should I use an additive for trace elements? I use Red Sea Salt.

    If I do need additives, I would rather use a good "all in one," if such a thing exists, because the low volume of water makes accurate measurements difficult for individual additives, and the last thing I want to do is OD everything!

    The only issues I'm dealing with now are a diatom bloom which is associated with the elevated nitrate level. Nitrates will be resolved shortly, as I just last night discovered that my top-off bottled water IS FULL OF NITRATES!! Foolish not to have tested it it before hand, but I just assumed...lessons learned.

    Any comments, suggestions, or snide remarks are welcome =) Thanks again for all the advice I've gotten so far!
    tizapolgar, Sep 28, 2006
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  2. tizapolgar


    Jul 25, 2005
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    Chattanooga, TN USA
    Based on your current coral load I wouldn't think Calcium or trace elements would be needed. Just stick with the normal Water Changes.
    bkv1997, Sep 28, 2006
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  3. tizapolgar


    Mar 9, 2005
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    I agree. water changes should do it for you at this time. never add to the system unless you have tested and determined that your water changes are not adequate to keep the water parameters correct. once you get to a point where you are doing weekly water changes, and you cannot maintain calcium, ph, alkalinity etc, you might then consider an additive. there are two part additives for nano systems available, but for now just do your water changes and keep us posted on your progress. happy fishin.
    jhnrb, Sep 29, 2006
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