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Old 11-26-2013, 02:10 PM   #41
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:03 PM   #42
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So...a little bit of an update. I have my tank up and running! I have about 25-30 pounds of live rock in my tank now. Well...10 pounds of dry Fiji rock and 10-15 pounds of live rock. I got the background on. It is a dark blue. Has anyone used the sea-view aquarium background sealant? I would NOT recommend it, at all. It does not live up to my expectations of what it should do, that's for sure.
Right now my tank is officially cycling and I am proud of that for sure! I did a lot of research about getting a cup or a bowl of sand from your LFS to seed the tank for microorganisms. I have been told that even in some cases, the tiny life that makes up the minimal phases and basics of a reef is what some people like looking at more than the reef itself? Is this true? Anyways, I got 3lbs of sand from one LFS. I drive to another one and they wouldn't give me any....So I got a hold of one of my reef buddies and drove to his house. For 25 dollars I got 5lbs of good, established fiji-rock. I got sand out of his 75 gallon display tank and some of his water. I added it last night and I have already noticed a decent sized Cauliflower Coral growing on one of the rocks. Asterina Starfish, Worms, Red-bristled feather dusters/ tube worms, Corraline Algae, and this is only the next morning. What else can I expect to see in the micro-life category??
My salinity is at 1.024-25. I am fine with that. My temp is at 78. I am only running a HOB filter with Carbon in it as of now. I plan on getting a skimmer and powerheads whilst the tank cycles.
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:26 PM   #43
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Saw a TINY bristle star this morning
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:39 PM   #44
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You'll be amazed at all the creatures you will find in the tank. I have baby brittle stars as well, and they are pretty cool. I don't see them often, ususally just a leg every now and then.
Get a flashlight, and go look in the tank about an hour after the lights turn off. Its pretty cool what you find roaming the tank at night. I used to sit in the dark and just stare at it. Lol
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:33 PM   #45
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You'll be amazed at all the creatures you will find in the tank. I have baby brittle stars as well, and they are pretty cool. I don't see them often, ususally just a leg every now and then.
Get a flashlight, and go look in the tank about an hour after the lights turn off. Its pretty cool what you find roaming the tank at night. I used to sit in the dark and just stare at it. Lol
Can you elaborate at the tiny things you have seen so I know what to expect? What happens at dark?
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:46 PM   #46
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Got some updates on my tank finally! Would anyone care to identify the two pics that have hitchhikers on them? Are those zoas and feather dusters? Anyway, I just took this and this is day twelve of my cycle. Still no diatom bloom. Wonder why?
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