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Old 08-31-2009, 03:42 PM   #1
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46g Reef Build

New thread! New reef! Very exciting.

Since the 10g was looking a bit cramped I figured it was time to upgrade a bit. The 200g is still a ways off (laziness is terrible) so I fully intended to just break down the 10. The 10 is still up and running thanks to my lovely bf who said he would miss it. He's really enabling my MTS.

So, found a 46 off of CL. Used straight aragonite sand this time (I used live on the 10. Not so much because it was "live" but because it came in 20lb bags) and put in about 60 pounds of LR and let 'er rip. Another 5 pounds or so of rock was added with the corals.

After much cycling, I read an article about converting mollies to salt water. Being the curious party that I am, I took a dalmation molly and 2 black mollies, and gave it a try. They've done FABULOUSLY. In fact, they're happier in here than they were in the fw.

After giving them about a week or so and watching for ammonia, I deemed the tank safe enough to move over the 10g. Which brought a yellow coris wrasse, a cleaner shrimp, two types of xenia, a torch coral, a plate coral, a mushroom and a rock that has thin finger leather and what look to be clove polyps.

This weekend we've added a pair of clowns and a small bit of frogspawn.


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Finger leather and cloves? The finger leather doesn't look as happy as he usually does in this pic. It was taken right after we put it in the 10.

A hard to see picture of the frogspawn


Full tank shot.

Please ignore the cyano.
It will not be there much longer.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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Looks really nice! Do you have a sump on this one? If so did you make it? If thats a yes did you drill in the side or just over the top? If you didn't drill how do you make it! Sorry for all the questions. :p
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I don't have one. I put a huge filter on it that I'm stuffing with rubble.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:58 PM   #4
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I plan on doing a sump. Unsure of it I should just buy one or make one. I don't really know how. It will be a 10g sump. I am looking for some sites but nothing is really helping any ideas?
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YouTube - Reef Tank D.I.Y. Sump part 1

This guy helped me a lot when I was looking at sump design.
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Yea I was looking at his video but he doesn't really explain how to set it up to the tank, and I don't want to drill through the tank.
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Go make a thread about sump design, there are much more knowledgeable people here than I that would be glad to explain plumbing.
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Tank looks awesome, I'm glad the mollies worked out. Keep us updated. How did you acclimate them anyway?
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slowly adding salt water to their water
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