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Old 02-19-2011, 12:41 AM   #11
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Should 60 lbs be enough, given that the footprint of the tank is only 36 x 19.
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Old 02-19-2011, 12:43 AM   #12
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60lbs might be enough, but the only real way is to find out by trying it out.

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Old 02-19-2011, 12:46 AM   #13
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It should, but having a 15-20lb bag in reserve wouldn't hurt since it would help avoid making an extra trip to the store if you need more, and can be returned if not used. As for the craigslist sand, as long as it is bagged by a maufacturer like you would find on a store shelf, I would say you are fine getting it. If it is not, then I agree with hinds since there is no telling what is in it and if it's used, it may release more detritus that you don't need.
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:41 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the advice guys, I am excited to get this thing running. It is a shame though, these people decided they didn't want fish anymore over a year ago and just posted it on Craigslist last week. They have killed countless corals, fish, and a whole range of inverts needlessly. Had that tank been sold while everything was alive and well they would have gotten much more money. I paid 300, and they still didn't want to let it go, she wanted 400. I am going to have to sink 200 into lights, salt, and sand just to get it heading the right direction.
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Just wanted to say good luck. Amazes me that someone keeps a tank going when they have no interest in it.
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Old 02-19-2011, 02:23 AM   #16
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Yeah I know, have some respect for life at least. I'm not a big PETA fan, or anything close to it. But don't kill something for the sake of killing it...
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buy new sand, rinse it thoroughly.
you are not cycling this tank if you are using the rock that's in the tank already, and not keeping it exposed to air too long. i would just shake it off in the old water and put it back in the tank with your newly made sw.
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So even by using all new water and sand the tank won't be cycling?
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no. as long as there is no die-off on the rock, you should just see a diatom bloom on the new surfaces.
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Also, can you buy replacement parts for lighting ballast? I can't find a manufacture anywhere, but the fan is making a lot of noise and jamming up, it still powers the lights though. Here are some pictures.
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