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Old 02-08-2014, 04:56 AM   #41
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Back in the tank game....

I like the look of an island but IMO it depends on your stock list. Tangs and wrasse need rock and caves to hide in, the more the better. I have around 150 pounds in my 135 Dt and another 40-50 pounds in my Fuge/rock rubble pile. If you can't or don't want to put it in the display you could make up for it in rock rubble or in the sump.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:00 AM   #42
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I am not going to have room in my sump to hold that much rock.... As soon as I get my skimmer in there there will only be like 8 inches of room..... not enough for a lot of rock.... Also I was going to run an open sump like the reef octopus sumps so that will eliminate rock in there so it won't end up in the pump....

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Maybe I can plumb in a refugium off the side to hold it all.... but then it would be outside the stand....

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Old 02-08-2014, 05:05 AM   #44
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Yeah idk your space and everything but I would try to get at least 1 - 1.5 pounds per gallon total water volume. It's very good for beneficial bacteria as that is what it mostly grows on.
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Yeah I know your right..... I just don't really want a wall in the tank..... lol want fish to have plenty of swimming room....

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Old 02-08-2014, 05:18 AM   #46
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Maybe look into a very deep sand bed to make up with space for bb. I know courser sand will hold more surface area to help. I'm just going off of what I know works. I have several friends who have 2.5-3 times rock poundage to total water volume and their tanks thrive with very heavy bioloads. Are you planning to put any dividers or bubble traps in your sump?
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:23 AM   #47
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I think you can get the two islands and use 75 pounds. I suggest leaving lots of room in front for corals to go on the sand bed. It's up to you about placing rock up against the back of the tank and I'd say if you do, add a power head for flow.
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Jmkb02- I wasn't going to add baffles to the sump I was just going to run filter socks and that was it.... but now thinking I might on the pump end for micro bubbles.
PrettyFishies- that I think might just work as long as I get rocks that have a good shape to stack right..... Also I was looking into adding 2 mp10s to the tank for flow.... I am also thinking I don't want them to be stacked to high in the tank as I would like swimming room on the top 1/2 of the tank as well.... not sure how I can make this work..... but it will be fun to figure out....

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Yeah I would def add at least a bubble trap on the end to catch them micros. Also in the future it's easier for an ATO
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:46 AM   #50
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How big a sump are you planning?
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