Friday, November 16, 2012

Planned curing/cycle for AquaOne Mirage 50 (43 litre) Nano Reef


  1. Place AquaClear 70 on back of tank, with activated carbon and Hydor 50w heater in filtration compartment.
    • Set heater to 26° Celsius - Will aid in die off.
  2. Place AquaC Nano Remora protein skimmer on back of tank.
  3. Inspect live rock:
    • Mix up a higher salinity water with a specific gravity of about 1.035
    • Inspect the individual rocks for dead sponge and other dead/undesirable organisms.
    • Place rock into high salinity dip bath and shake to dislodge debris. Leave rock in dip for two minutes.
    • After unwanted invertebrates have evacuated place rock in tank for curing.
    • Repeat for all rocks.
  4. Add enough Nature's Own Nutri-SeaWater to tank, as well as to the AC 70 filtration chamber, to cover rocks and turn filtration equipment on.
  5. Turn Hydor Koralia Nano 900 powerhead on and face at rocks. 
  6. Every seven (7) days submerge a simple pump with vinyl tubing attached and blow debris off the rocks, along with doing a 50% water change while siphoning out any organic matter and loose debris that accumulates at the bottom of the aquarium. Use Nature's Own Nutri-SeaWater for the first two weeks, then switch to Red Sea Coral Pro salt mix and RO/DI water.
  7. Measure and monitor the ammonia and nitrite levels in the aquarium weekly.
  8. When both ammonia and nitrite levels are zero, perform a 50% water change on the aquarium. After 24 hours, check the pH of the water and adjust as needed to achieve the desired level of 8.1-8.4
  9. Add 2-2.5cm of Nature's Own Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Reef Substrate to bottom of aquarium. Continue cycle for a further week and then test water again. If levels are safe stock tank.

Refugium:

  1. Install fixtures for a canister filter - the return of the filter goes into the siphon area of fuge.
  2. Place two 50w AquaOne ThermoSafe heaters into the fuge (one in the returns chamber and one in the siphon area).
    • Set heater to 26° Celsius - Will aid in die off.  
  3. Install an AquaOne Proskim G220 Protein Skimmer to centre chamber, HOB style.
  4. Inspect live rock:
    • Mix up a higher salinity water with a specific gravity of about 1.035
    • Inspect the individual rocks for dead sponge and other dead/undesirable organisms.
    • Place rock into high salinity dip bath and shake to dislodge debris. Leave rock in dip for two minutes.
    • After unwanted invertibrates have evacuated place rock in centre chamber of tank for curing.
    • Repeat for all rocks
  5. Mix up enough salt mix using Red Sea Coral Pro to fill fuge and add API Quick Start to mixture. Turn on equipment.
  6. Every seven (7) days submerge a simple pump with vinyl tubing attached and blow debris off the rocks, along with doing a 50% water change while siphoning out any organic matter and loose debris that accumulates at the bottom of the aquarium.
  7. Measure and monitor the ammonia and nitrite levels in the aquarium weekly.
  8. When both ammonia and nitrite levels are zero, perform a 50% water change on the aquarium. After 24 hours, check the pH of the water and adjust as needed to achieve the desired level of 8.1-8.4
  9. Add 2-2.5cm of a mixture of Nature's Own Bio-Activ Live Aragonite Australian Gold Live Sand and CaribSea Mineral Mud to bottom of aquarium. Continue cycle for a further week and then test water again. If levels are safe stock fuge with macroalgae.
  10. Plumb refugium into AquaOne Mirage 50 nano reef.

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