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Old 08-09-2015, 10:22 AM   #31
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The Georg Fisher type was the one I mentioned...but there are a few options here-
Valves - Bulk Reef Supply
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Old 08-09-2015, 04:04 PM   #32
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So I ordered a new valve and will change it when it gets here. I want to be ready for the sand and rock that is coming this week. I wanted to make sure the tank was exactly where I wanted it and level. Well somehow it is a little low on the back side of the tank. I swear I checked it but it's about 1/8 low in the back. Perfect side to side though. It's on a tile floor in my basement so I know the floor isn't going to move. Should I try and shim the stand? Just worried with the weight it might crush shims and would be worse then leaving it slightly out of level.


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1/8 IMO is fine front to back.
I also IMO would want a tank to lean towards the wall(usually back side) if it was to lean or I didn't trust the floor.
It isn't going anywhere on your basement floor!
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the water level on the back wall is low , that means you have a frontward lean , if it seems to be shaky and if you have the means to jack up the front to shim it , if it don't seem to be shaky and you think it will be ok just live with it , my 40g had a lean to one side , at first I left it but after over filling a few times because of the lean I used a floor jack lifted that side and shimmed it , just be sure your jacking up on a good pressure point or you could risk blowing out the tank
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Old 08-11-2015, 08:22 AM   #35
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So I'm tarting to fill the tank 60 gallons so far only 200 to go. Just wondering my sand and rock should be coming this week so I wanted enough water to keep the live sand healthy so I started filling it over the weekend. I can only make about 30 gallons of saltwater a day though so it's taking a while. Do You think a power head and a old 4' t5ho 2 bulb light will be enough to keep the sand health while I continue to fill the tank, or should I fill it all the way and just add the sand and rock then? I was going to get new bulbs for the light if it would help. Just hasn't decided on new lighting yet and it's going to be an expensive decision so I want to take my time and make the right one. Also question two what do I need for filtration while the tank is cycling or do I not need any? My last and I used all live rock and live sand and it never really cycled so this is new to me using the base rock.


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Fill everything up with the sand and rock. Remember that these two things will cause displacement in the system so don't fill the tank up full with water!
A powerhead and heater is all you will need besides your ammonia source to keep the sand/rock where you need it to. There is no need to have any light on during a cycle.
There isn't any need to run any filtration during the cycle unless you have a skimmer that needs to be broken in some...but doing that in a bucket with vinegar would be better.
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I feel like a kid on Christmas Day. Got my rock and heater today and a power head just to get things moving till I can get the tank filled and start my main pump. My sand won't be here till tomorrow though but I have plenty to do till then. First question the heater is a 1000 watt heater but has no brackets to mount it to anything just rubber ends and a titanium body and a temp controller. I guess I can just lay it on my tank and put the probe in there till it's filled? Then should it go in the return part of the sump or in the center with the protein skimmer (which I still haven't decided on one)? Does it matter as long as there is flow it's ok right?


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I would definitely have the heater in the sump. I like to use multiple smaller heaters instead of one large one- My reasoning is that if one fails, it won't wipe out the tank before you notice the issue. A single, properly sized heater could really overheat the water if it got stuck on (which has been known to happen on rare occasion). If so, I place my heaters at different points in the system.
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Here is the latest picture of the tank. Got the sand and base rock in and almost have it filled. So I have a few questions here. Once I get it topped off and the main pump running I was going to add live rock to seed the rest. Do I need a protein skimmer running during this time of seeding the base rock, or any other filtration or dosing? Also does anyone have a suggestion for what type-size protein skimmer to buy?


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While cycling, you don't need to run any type of filtration besides filter socks to catch any chunks. You don't even need the live rock to seed, just get a cocktail shrimp and cycle the tank.
When it comes to skimmers, people really like reef octopus skimmers. I have an Eshopps on my 55 reef that I like.
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