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Old 08-26-2006, 12:58 AM   #1
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New 30 gallon Reef in the making thread....

The time is finally here. I filled up my new tank today. Tomorrow I pick up my LR at the airport from TampabaySaltwater. I hope you can all help me on the way because I am nervous.

1. I bought a glass canopy. I left the back plastic strip off. Will this be enough for gas exchange?

2. I REALLY do not want to get mantis shrimp in my tank. The LR from TampaBay is really live and many people get a few mantis along with many other critters. Someone suggested a Hypersalinity dip for 1 min. per rock. Rich from Tampa Bay told me I will kill the rock. I ordered 20 lbs of deco and 25lbs of coral rock. What do you think?

3. My hydrometer is reading 1.020-My Refrac is reading 1.024. I should trust the refrac right? Is 1.024 good?

4. I should wait to add sand until after LR right?

EDIT: when should I start running the skimmer? few days after LR?

Here are the pics as of today. I love the moonlights. One of the 50/50 acintic bulbs arrived damaged. I called Dr. Fosters and they overnighted me a new one for tomorrow.

Please comments, more pics of the TampaBay LR coming tommorow!
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Old 08-26-2006, 01:11 AM   #2
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Awesome looking, Mike! Can't wait to see it all set up.

1. I leave my glass top open. I don't know how you would fare with it on, to be honest. I would be concerned about o2 exchange, as well as temperature and lighting problems. Eggcrate would be a good alternative.

2. Not HYPOsalinity, but rather HYPERsalinity. Hypo is less, Hyper is more. Many many people use this method. It will kill some things, but it will also save your tank. Your other option is buying a mantis shrimp trap as well.

3. Use the refractometer. 1.024 is great.

4. It's up to you. Some people and others add sand first. Only problem is that it can creat potential dead spots in the sand bed and the rock can shift on the sand, shall it want to fall. Placing it on the glass and adding sand around it helps keep things more stable.

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Old 08-26-2006, 12:57 PM   #3
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My replacement 50/50 lamp just got here.

Also just called the airport and I will be picking up my tampabay LR at 3:30! I am going to take a lot of pics so I can get some critters ID

UPDATE: I do not like the CSS 65 skimmer because it is way to big in my tank. I ordered the Bak Pak 2 Reef Ready skimmer last night. Ths skimmer will be ok for my 30 gal?
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Live Rock from Tampa Bay

Well here are some really bad pictures of my new LR. I freshwater dipped every piece but still got a few mantis in the tank. Hey what can you say for LR that is REALLY live. Tons of critters, corals, crabs, feathers, stars.......I caught 1 mantis tonight because I luckily spotted its eyes in a rock. I took the rock out and it took me a long time but he came out.

I will get better pics. when things clear up. I added the sand after LR so it was very cloudy.
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Lookin good! More than one mantis huh?

The bakpak should be just fine. Its a lot more streamlined than the CSS. And I've definitley benefited from your experience. I was going to get the CSS for my 29 gallon. Now I won't. Anxious to hear how the bakpak works out.

Btw, what's the "three pronged" thing on the right side of the tank? Is that a rock?
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I do think there is more than 1. The 1 that I got was the loud clicker though. I learned something very important. Everything I read told me that the single clicks were a pistol. Just another example of how it is impossible to tell from noise alone. The minute I spotted his eyes I knew it was a mantis.

The 3 pronged thing I was hoping you could tel me LOL It is some kind of coral. I am going to post some more pics of my corals in the ID forum.
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Looking good Mike! Is this your first SW setup?

Great start!
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The 3 pronged thing I was hoping you could tel me
It looks like a type of dead coral. I have a piece in my tank.
I would suggest moving your LR around, make a cave or two. If you are like me, you will end up moving them more than once! LOL!
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Rok, that is what I planned on doing but I want to make sure I am done pulling rocks out to catch shrimp first then I will arrange. I don't think that coral is dead because it was opening and closing last night.

Yes this is my first setup so I am learning a ton from all you and the tank.
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I actually didn't look at it that closely. It looks like a live coral! LOL!
You might want to tak a pic of just that and post it on the ID forum, then you should get a good ID.
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