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Old 03-02-2011, 04:35 AM   #71
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You got any hermits? If the shrimp died, they've likely done away with the remains.
I do have a hermits. I was just surprised at how quickly they (or worms) got rid of the evidence, I figured something would've been left behind
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:30 AM   #72
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Finally something new! Ok, so it has been a while since anything has happened with the tank, money has been going to other things.

A few nights ago I finally clicked "Commit" on Ebay and purchased (2) Hydor Koralia Evolution 1050gph for $79 with free shipping from Pet Treats (pettreatsguy)... shipping took 2 days from WI to Vegas

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I must admit that I was surprised by their size, I thought they were way smaller. Though the weight is heavy, I'm sure it reflects their quality. Here's a comparison to a golf ball:




After giving them a thorough rinse I put them in the tank and turned them on. I have the left 1 aimed for the very center of the front glass, and the right one pointing a little towards the back. My return pipes are aimed down to the corners (picture below was before I moved them).

As soon as I turned these puppies on it was like a sand storm, except no sand, just waste that has been collecting in the cracks that my return flow couldn't reach (which apparently was a lot). Here's the best picture I could get to show their power around the tank:

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Old 03-24-2011, 08:34 AM   #73
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With these 2 powerheads (1050gph) + my return pump (400gph with 4ft head) I have a total circulation of 2500gph. All I need now is a light and I think I'm ready for some corals!
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ha...i see your little jawfish looking up at you.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:16 AM   #75
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hahaha, I didn't even notice that, I was way more focused on the PH and the nori, good catch!
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Old 03-27-2011, 04:51 AM   #76
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Bad News:

My jawfish perished the other day. I checked my parameters and everything was perfect. The only thing that has changed was the 2 powerheads. Ever since I put them in, both the jawfish and royal gramma were in hiding. After I turned them off at night, both fish came out of their dens like normal.

Since it had been a few months before I got the powerheads, the waste built up and was swirling around; so I'm blaming that for the fish's death. When I saw how dirty it was I added the salt to my RO/DI water to prepare for a PWC the next day, that's when I found him.

*Lesson learned: make sure you have adequate water circulation early
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With these 2 powerheads (1050gph) + my return pump (400gph with 4ft head) I have a total circulation of 2500gph. All I need now is a light and I think I'm ready for some corals!

Question you have a 55G i do as well but i have two 750s i didnt feel like it was enough water movement so i ordered two 1050s their coming today how did you place the power heads in your aquarium? did you do one on each side of the tank pointed at each other?
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On both sides, about 1/2 to 3/4 up from the bottom and pointed at the front center glass of the tank is preferred when using 2 like that. The currents crash and send random flow throught the rest of the tank.
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On both sides, about 1/2 to 3/4 up from the bottom and pointed at the front center glass of the tank is preferred when using 2 like that. The currents crash and send random flow throught the rest of the tank.

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wow this 1050s really do the job i didnt realize how much waterflow i was lacking with the 750s but they did blow alot of dead spots on the live rock now the water is kinda cloudy i guess it will clear up
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