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Old 01-03-2011, 01:52 PM   #11
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I use a 5 gallon bucket, old style powerhead, and an air pump to clean my rocks. I put the pump on the bottom, fill with rock, fill with salt water, and turn it all on. I get a nice foamy head to scrape off. My first rocks I cleaned at the beach, lol.

Since your 55 is drilled on the side, I would leave some "beach" open on the right. 55s don't have much room front to back, you will want a 70 soon.

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Old 01-03-2011, 09:13 PM   #12
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Fancy fused??? The names they have. Looks like tonga branch to me.
Me too.....LOL

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Anyone who plans on using sand/crushed coral as their substrate... put in the eggcrate first! I'm learning the hard way."

Why the statement about eggcrate???
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Old 01-04-2011, 04:54 AM   #13
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Why the statement about eggcrate???
Well now I have to push it to the bottom through the sand, which will be a much bigger pain. Doug was saying that it may not be necessary, but the whole eggcrate idea I had was from reading this forum during my FW setup. Is it not a good idea anymore?


Apparently the Tonga LR collection closed down a couple years ago but LiveAquaria may still be sneaking it out of there with an alias.

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Old 01-04-2011, 05:30 AM   #14
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I use a 5 gallon bucket, old style powerhead, and an air pump to clean my rocks. I put the pump on the bottom, fill with rock, fill with salt water, and turn it all on. I get a nice foamy head to scrape off. My first rocks I cleaned at the beach, lol.
I love that idea, kinda makes me wish I was back in Charleston.


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Since your 55 is drilled on the side, I would leave some "beach" open on the right. 55s don't have much room front to back, you will want a 70 soon.
I'm already wishing I had gotten the 75 gallon instead of the 55 drilled... next time I'll go bigger!
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I didn't want to put all of the LR in the tank so thankfully I had kept my 10 gallon that I used for my fry. The tank was one of those starter kits from Petsmart for like $60 and came with heater, filter, cover, light, net, etc. I used all of my leftover salt in the 10gallon so I wedged as much as I could in there.

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The rest went into the wet/dry filter



At first, I figured that the stock HOB filter (without the filter media) would be enough water movement, but later that night I knew I needed more movement, especially with how jammed the rocks were. It was after Petsmart hours so I got a Whisper air pump and airstones at Wal*Mart.

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When I went to the garage to make sure the heater was keeping up with the 30-somethingįF weather, it was at 68įF, and dropping (was set to 80). This made me hurry my trip to Petsmart to spend my gift card. I picked up a barrel of salt and a 10g-20g rated heater.


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The main reason I got the bucket is so I could give the crammed LR some more space. Also, the small heater and 1 airstone line was moved to the bucket... this will make it much easier when doing water changes.

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A towel was placed over the bucket and tank for extra insulation from the cold.



The first thing I did the next morning was check the water temp...

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Perfect!
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that water is nasty!
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that water is nasty!

It doesn't smell any better. Hopefully it will clear up after a couple more full water changes and some good ole' fashion elbow grease.
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I was hoping you were going to wrap it. Shoot on cold nights I throw blankets on the DT.
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Here's the LR after a good scrub-down (excuse the waterspots, Vegas has really hard water).

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