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Old 01-29-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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My 29 Gallon reef build (With some help)

Hello everyone I posted a little ago about this in my introduction section but has I began to make some process I want to stay up to date. (I am new here so hopefully the pictures upload right)

So it's 29 gallons and has been set up for two weeks. I have about 20 pounds of LR and 30 pounds of LS. I will be adding some more LR throughout the week. I did borrow some mollies from my daughters freshwater tank to help the cycle, I've had my ammonia spike and they are going back in her tank tomorrow. I know I should have just stayed away from cycling with live fish but I swear these mollies could live happy in a toilet bowl. There are three power heads, one 600 one 400 and not sure what the third was but it is in and being moved around to check for any "dead spots". The light is just the stock one that came with the tank( I do want to make this a reef so I will be upgrading to maybe some T5 HO any thoughts welcome) The HOB filter is a AC70, then a HOB protein skimmer by Instant ocean.

I have found a overflow for 30 bucks and was looking into making my own sump from a 20 gallon glass tank. I have already found some good threads for that on this site. Is it weird to have a 20 gallon sump for a 29 gallon tank? I've never done a tank this small. Oh and the only other things in there are about 7 different snails. The last I checked that water it was a PH of 7.8(low) a little ammonia and some nitrite but my protein skimmer was not hooked up. I will be doing a good size water change tomorrow and hoping to get two maroon clowns in the tank soon.

So anywho.. anything you guys see wrong right off the bat or notice I should change please just let me know. Also any suggestions for the sump idea and could the skimmer I have go in the sump? Thanks everyone

Ps I know the cords in the back are a huge mess but I will be cleaning that up...
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:51 AM   #2
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i don't think you should go with maroon clowns. they get about 5" and are not going to like anything else you put in the tank.
try some perculas or oscellaris.
that's 20 pounds of live rock? did you see the guy weigh it? they must be quite dense.
as for lighting, what are the dimensions of the tank? can you fit a 36" fixture over it?
i am wondering about that skimmer. do you have it running now? is it pulling anything out of the water? usually i would suggest to just do weekly water changes and skip a skimmer for a tank that size.
one last thing i noticed- you need a background to hide that stuff in the back. a plain blue or black one will be fine.
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i don't think you should go with maroon clowns. they get about 5" and are not going to like anything else you put in the tank.
try some perculas or oscellaris.
that's 20 pounds of live rock? did you see the guy weigh it? they must be quite dense.
as for lighting, what are the dimensions of the tank? can you fit a 36" fixture over it?
i am wondering about that skimmer. do you have it running now? is it pulling anything out of the water? usually i would suggest to just do weekly water changes and skip a skimmer for a tank that size.
one last thing i noticed- you need a background to hide that stuff in the back. a plain blue or black one will be fine.
Sucks but The length is only 24" so a 36" would be to big. Actually my wife got the rock for me so who knows lol but to be fair it does like bigger than it actually is in the picture. The skimmer has only been on for a couple hours so I can't be sure yet but I will let you know. I know the back looks like a giant mess right now most likely tomorrow I'll pick up something for it. Thanks
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here is a 4 x 24....
Amazon.com: 24" SUNDIAL 4X24W T5HO W/2 LUNAR LIGHTS & TIMERS: Kitchen & Dining
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That rock does look a little solid. Like my florida rock. Does it have shells in it?

You are still going to need an ammonia source until you put a fish in.
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That rock does look a little solid. Like my florida rock. Does it have shells in it?

You are still going to need an ammonia source until you put a fish in.
From what I see there are no shells in it. I had some mollies in the tank for about two weeks for my ammonia and I moved them back out to their old tank today. In about a hour I'll be going to the LFS to pick up so water for a change then hopefully will be adding my first salt fish to the tank.


That light looks perfect, Hopefully on Friday(payday) I can put the order in for it, thanks.
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Update for today....Went to the LFS and bought 15 gallons of water and preformed a water change. Went to another LFS later on and found out everything in the entire store was half off. I bought a royal gramma and a scooter blenny for 11 bucks. Put them in the tank and all going well for now. Put some new pictures of the fish up soon.
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Are those power heads in there? If so I feel like they need some sort of filter on that kind or your running the risk of loosing fish to them.
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Are those power heads in there? If so I feel like they need some sort of filter on that kind or your running the risk of loosing fish to them.
Yes you are correct, the two on the left are power heads. I was considering putting something around them put I figured it just take up even more space so I'm going to just get rid of them soon to replace them with the one like the one on my right side of the tank a Koralia. Thanks
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power heads are on both sides of the tank as far as i can see. you won't lose fish to them unless they are sick from the time you put them in.
koralias ARE power heads.
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