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Old 04-27-2005, 11:42 AM   #1
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Adding a tank to an established system

Okay, I have a 30G oceanic cube that has been cycled for about 3 months now. Its in my office. At first I thought it would be cool to have a tank here, but in truth it sucks. Hauling water from home to here is a pain and etc. etc. etc.
So I am considering putting it inline with my big system at home. The question I pose is "if you stick a 3 month old tank on a tank thats been up for 2 years, can you consider that 3 month old tank to have the beneficial properties of a tank thats been up for 2 years?"
Almost seems like a really stupid question, but I am curious what you all have to say. My plans for the 30G would be a better home for my Mantis, or perhaps a Blue Carpet.

30G: 5G sump, SQWID on a mag 5, remora pro skimmer, 150W HQI with 2X65W PCs on a CPR overflow. Its been seeded with the "ebay det kit" from Bob, and has a standard clean up crew.

Here's to swimmin with bowlegged women.

-105G SPS Reef with 30G Sump/Fuge Combo
-30G LTAnemonarium with mated porcelain crabs, 10 sexy shrimp, and 2 pink skunks all tied into the other 135G in my system.
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Old 04-27-2005, 12:03 PM   #2
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I had a 10 gal frag tank running for almost 8 months. I transferred it to a 20L and plumbed it into my main system. My frags are doing better than they were. No ill effects on the main as of yet.

*180 gal Display, 100 gal basement sump, 33 gal refugium, 3x250 MH, 2x160 VHO actinics, zoos, some softies, LPS & lots of acros and other SPS.
*100 gal prop tank plumbed into main system w/ 2x96 PC lights and 1x150 MH,
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Old 04-27-2005, 02:34 PM   #3
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well i just did this. i had my 46gal tank up for about 1.5 years and then added a 30 cube to it. i let the water run throught the tank for a few months in the dark to get the tank kind of cycled. then i got some live rock and pulled it off the system to let it cycle. when it was done cycleing i reconnected it. i did not see the big algea blooms that you get after the cycle. and the tank i think has a higher growth rate, becasue the 46 is giveing it really clean and good water.

i would say go for it.
A 46 gal bow front (Soft coral) reef tank with a 10 gal sump. And a 30 gal (SPS and Clam) reef tank hooked up to the sump of the 46 so they share water.
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