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Eric's 40 gallon adventure.

Srt4eric

Supporting Member
I just picked up a Radion xr30 for $120. It's a gen 1 but it works great and I'm on a budget. Hopefully this weekend I'll have it filled with sand and water and I can start the cycle!!!
 

Srt4eric

Supporting Member
I just picked up live sand and I'm headed to Neptune's to buy some water!!! Let's fill this thing up!!!
 

jhuynh

Supporting Member
looks like a great start. might want to center the xr30 a little to get an even spread. unsure what types of corals you are planning but just in case before you start filling it up after the cycle.

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sfsuphysics

BOD
Staff member
Now the hard part... just sitting back and waiting for it to cycle through. I would turn the light out for now, there's no reason to illuminate the tank and it will only allow algae to grow sooner.
 

Srt4eric

Supporting Member
Now the hard part... just sitting back and waiting for it to cycle through. I would turn the light out for now, there's no reason to illuminate the tank and it will only allow algae to grow sooner.
It's also a 1st gen radion... wouldnt want it to die sooner than it already will.
 

sfsuphysics

BOD
Staff member
Depending on how hard the light was worked, you might be surprised at how long it will last. Heat is what kills electronics (both LEDs and the drivers which power them), very often people run LEDs lights no where near 100%, as such they should last much longer than people anticipate. Of course it is a first gen one, so the original owner may have been "I paid for all that light, everything at 100!" then "why are my corals bleaching?" :D
 

Srt4eric

Supporting Member
On the 5th I dosed dr Tim's ammonium chloride to start my cycle. I tested this morning...
Nh4 between .15 and .25
No3 15
No2 1


Almost there!!!
 
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