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Old 11-01-2011, 12:58 AM   #1
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Red face 60 Gallon Cube build

Here we go:
Marineland 60 gallon cube with overflow (if anyone needs help with overflow and return plumbing i can help!)
40lbs of Aragonite substrate
55 lbs of live rock
15 gallon sump
Hydor koralia 750 power head
ViaAqua titanium heater 200w
Skimmer-havent decided
Blueline LED 120watt vho
Supreme mag 9.5 pump


Im in my 3rd week of full cycling, have had everything in the tank for 4 weeks. Over the weekend i got my heater up and going and my power head running. Questions i have now are:

That the heater is going i have coepods attached to the whole thing!! i even have coepods circulating thru the middle of my tank, they were there before but i think they have multiplied: will the fish eating off the heater harm them or do i need to even worry about this? also what would be a good first fish (assuming all my levels check out tomorrow) to help eliminate some pods, I really want a Mandarin! Im seriously at this point overan..not that im complaining just need to get them in check.

Second: on the sump i basically have my return and pump in there at this point its basic purpose will be to house a skimmer, add water volume and water changes, ect.. should i be putting sand and rock in there, if so what purpose does this serve, also how do i quiet the vibration noise from the pump on the glass?

Ive been able to id the following hitchhikers: a "peanut worm", a bristle worm i have a few Zoe colonies and something new that popped up today.. small white tube with a feather like thing on the end and a mojano that im not ready to tackle yet bc i have no clue how!

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Old 11-01-2011, 01:21 AM   #2
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Old 11-01-2011, 01:37 AM   #3
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Looks good Rachel! Take a picture of the one you don't know yet bc it kinda sounds like aptasia which is bad.
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Old 11-01-2011, 02:50 AM   #5
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Awww...it's a featherduster (well, that's what it looks like) I love those things - no harm at all, just another filter feeder.
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I tried to answer most of the questions....its also late lol

"Will the fish eating off the heater harm them or do i need to even worry about this?"

Put the heater in the sump it will keep the water warm and stay out of sight.
If you haven't get yourself a grounding probe to make sure you have no run away voltage in your water.


"Should i be putting sand and rock in there, if so what purpose does this serve?"

You have a good amount of live rock in your display, a nice sized skimmer would be enough. That being said there is a couple options look up, deep sand sand, refugium, or algae turf scrubber (ATS). I personally have some live rock rubble (to frag coral) and an ATS.


"I really want a Mandarin"

If your water checks out...you have a colony of copepods then he will have food so your ok.


"How do i quiet the vibration noise from the pump on the glass?"

These usually have little rubber feet at the bottom or suctions, try and place it so it doesn't touch any of the sides.
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The reason I have the heater in my display Is bc with its design it suppose to be fully submerged ad it's too tall for it to fit in the sump.. Unless it can be put in there sideways (which the directions say not to do) thoughts?
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I have my heater in my sump at an angle so it fits and all is well. I'm using a aqueon pro heater btw.
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LOVE the rock work.
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Thanks!! I think I rearranged it half a dozen times lol
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