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Old 09-12-2013, 06:03 PM   #51
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I would recommend it, but its something you can add later, as I did. Your tank will need to be a few inches off the wall anyhow to allow room for the skimmer, so you wouldn't even need to move it if you decided to add one later.

As I said, I had nitrate issues that led me to needing what I finally got. But I only had a smaller HOB filter that was of limited use. Your skimmer will certainly be better. But in the end, without a method of nitrate export, the levels will likely climb. Water changes will make almost no difference. Its down to how much nitrate the anaerobic bacteria deep inside the rocks can convert to nitrogen.

But as cash is almost always an issue, I'd probably wait and see.
i think im going to fill it with arrag-alive reef grade, (80lbs) saltwater mix (1.025) and about 40lbs of live rock (all i can afford atm) and let it cycle for 6wks with just the 2 powerheads, by then ill have the skimmer ready to setup, and hopefully use it as a fowlr for about 6mo then get the fuge and go reef, sounds like a good plan..?
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Sounds perfect. Nice quality cycle, let it stabalize as a FOWLR then add corals.
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Sounds perfect. Nice quality cycle, let it stabalize as a FOWLR then add corals.
well thats good to hear, i hope i planned this one out well, because i was extremely impatient with my 36g bow front and it couldve gone so so so wrong, but now its happy, and healthy now and im so happy with it. its stabilized.
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Tex, buy dry rock and dry sand. it's much cheaper. it will all become live on it's own in a short time anyway. Put iit all in the tank, toss a cocktail shrimp in and wait out the cycle.
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Tex, buy dry rock and dry sand. it's much cheaper. it will all become live on it's own in a short time anyway. Put iit all in the tank, toss a cocktail shrimp in and wait out the cycle.
It really is that simple. It just takes patience.
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It really is that simple. It just takes patience.
That's the 3rd and 4th time I hear that am I'm gonna try it in this tank. Do they sell the reef grade in dry? And what per pound am I looking at for dry rock
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There really isnt a "reef grade" per say. Theres different styles though.(pukani, fiji, etc) Bulk Reef Supply sells reef saver dry rock, which is sustainably harvested.
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There really isnt a "reef grade" per say. Theres different styles though.(pukani, fiji, etc) Bulk Reef Supply sells reef saver dry rock, which is sustainably harvested.
No I meant reef grade sand and I love pukani rock btw that's What I want, they have a 50lb package for $139.99 shipped
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Check ebay as well. Some good deals there.
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Thats my misunderstanding tex. sorry bout that.
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