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Old 01-23-2011, 10:15 AM   #41
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i would construct something out of some sort of mesh. people have built a wooden frame and stretched bridal veil over it with success. glass tops are going to work against you.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:24 AM   #42
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I've also heard of people using egg crate on the top to prevent jumpers. This allows for good air circulation and light penetration but still keeps the critters safe.

I'm going to have to look into a jaw fish for my new 90g tank. They look like fun!

Edit: I was looking through your thread to see how much sand you have in there. In an early (first maybe?) post you got 60 lbs total sand, then later another 100 lbs of sand. So do you have 160 lbs of sand in your 55g tank? How deep of a sand bed is that?
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:38 AM   #43
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i would construct something out of some sort of mesh. people have built a wooden frame and stretched bridal veil over it with success. glass tops are going to work against you.
That was my concern. I don't want to trap the heat or have algae/salt collect on it or a lot of water, but I want the tank to "breathe" and keep the fish in. I really like that screen idea and might have to start drawing up some ideas. Tax return is coming soon, and I really want to get a light.

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I'm going to have to look into a jaw fish for my new 90g tank. They look like fun!
I will say that mine is VERY skiddish. If I had any fish that looked/acted at all threatening, I don't think he'd ever come out of his hole. There are ways to prevent this by putting them in a plastic strainer so the Jawfish can get used to it
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Looking good. Do you just have the 3 fish for now?
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:35 AM   #45
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Looking good. Do you just have the 3 fish for now?
So far. I'm probably going to keep it that way since I want a reef tank. Plus, I will like to eventually get a Mandarin (who doesn't?), but we'll see how the tank is doing in several months - a year.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:16 PM   #46
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Other than algae, what are the negative effects of natural sunlight in a tank? Since the side faces the window, I open the blinds so the morning sun comes into the tank and shines in a good distance. Since I have the stock lighting, I figure natural sun would be fine.



It shines for about 3 hours.
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other than a great spectrum for growing algae, nothing. i have seen beautiful tanks that are partially lit by sunlight.
here is one in particular-
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other than a great spectrum for growing algae, nothing. i have seen beautiful tanks that are partially lit by sunlight.
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Yeaaaaa, that's what I was going for, but on a tad smaller scale, lol. In all seriousness, the way my CUC took care of my hair algae that was on 95% of the LR, it was cleaned up in a couple of days, so I thought it may be a cheap way to make food.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:06 AM   #49
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I finally got my RO/DI unit mounted and running perfectly. There were a lot of factors in my delay, 90% of it was procrastination. I was waiting for a TDS meter and 1 I bought from Ebay, yet it was never delivered. So I got another 1, this time I got the in-line version to switch from the water coming in and going out (way better than the pen IMO).

I ended up mounting the unit in the garage instead of the laundry room because I didn't want to risk a leak/spill on the 2nd floor. Here she is mounted securely onto my wall.

(Feb 4, 2011)


Here's the incoming water at 460ppm; which eventually went 500+ as the time progressed.


Finished water!


The water was creeping out of the tube, and I blame it on the pressure (~25psi) because of the cold.




I let the water run until there was about 1-1.5 gallons of RO water in the bucket; then discarded that water before filling up my 13 gallon container.
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Well, the water is going to creep out the tube anyway. My god you have some horrible water. Where do you live? You might want to get a booster pump or else you will be wasting a lot of water and time. Do you have a tap after the RO but prior to the DI? You might want to add that as well. Take out a gallon or so there before running the DI. You can drink the RO. I bet you would like it
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