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Old 10-04-2005, 11:33 AM   #11
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going back to a previous question

so whats is best,
a SCWD with a couple of U tubes inline with the return sump pump?
a wavemaster pro with another MaxiJet?
a power head with self rotating output?
a wavemaster pro, maxi jets and a SCWD?
i dont want to spend too much but ebay has many options.
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Old 10-04-2005, 05:50 PM   #12
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I would pass on the self-rotating powerheads, I had a couple and they would only work for a couple of weeks before I had to break them down. I personally use two sea swirls off of my sump return pump with a powerhead behind my rock and a high flow/low force pump flowing across the tank. This causes alot of disturbed water flow and constantly moves the sand without clouding the water. Looks very natural to me.
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Old 10-04-2005, 06:06 PM   #13
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is a sea swirl a power head or pump?
how does it work with a sump pump feeding another power head /pump?
or am i way off.
sea swirls are costly though. SCWD are cheap but i dont know if it will do the job right.

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Old 10-05-2005, 12:43 AM   #14
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today was a first sign of algea growth, i have brown algea stuff growing on my sand bed and almost the entire piece of one large flat LR that sits on the very top in the middle of the tank. im guessing this is diatoms?

i have only like 4 large snails, size of a nickle with a pointy shell. they are all over the LR and cleaning it very noticably. but i beleive i need to get much more snails. what type of snails are these? how many should i need?

i also have maybe about 12 of the smaller pea size snails with a more ball shape shell. they are more in the sand bed and buried during the day. they are all over the brown growth on the sand bed. are theses nausarus snails? how many should i need?

and one lonely hermit crab. he has the exact shell and the larger snails. he is working the LR mostly and has small red pinchers. he is small and cant get a good look at him.

i took a new set of reading to see what is going on with the growth. im guessing that the growth is due to the CP light that i have installed last week. most growth is where the light is, and not where its shaded under the LR.

readings on 10/4/05, this color match water test is not very good. is there a better way to get a more reliable reading. to me, the nitrate reading is hardest becuase the yellow coloring is almost the same for 0, 5.0, and 10

Nitrate NO3 = 0
Nitrite NO2 = 0
High Range pH = 8.2
Ammonia NH3/NH4= 0

im still confused about my tank cycling is fisnished. what other tests do i need to purchase?

any help of the water circulation with the previous posts?

i know i have a lot of questions so i appreciate any and all of your responses,

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Old 10-05-2005, 11:15 AM   #15
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Old 10-05-2005, 11:50 AM   #16
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going back to a previous question

so whats is best,
a SCWD with a couple of U tubes inline with the return sump pump?
Once I get my sump set up I plan on getting the SCWD as it seems the most cost effective way of moving water and having little dead spots. Currently I use two PH running 295 gph each and a Magnum 350 pro.

I plan to use two SCWD units running high and low on each side of the tank.

Below are links to reviews of the SCWD and from what I’ve read most are very happy with it.

http://reefcentral.com/modules.php?s...owcontent&id=9
http://www.reefonline.com.au/shop/pr...roducts_id=150
http://www.saltcorner.com/sections/r...iews/scwd.html
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...188x003&ctt=60
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Old 10-05-2005, 05:44 PM   #17
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well now i guess i cant go wrong with a SCWD. if it doesnt work with the sump pump i guess i can always buy another buy and do the closed loop SCWD.

any help on the

brown algea on sand and LR?
microbubbles?
snails needed or recommended for my tank?
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I have a combination of astrea, nassarius, cerith, mexican turbo snails, queen conchs, and scarlet hermits in my tank to clean algae. I just did not want all of the same thing. I purhased from this ebayer twice (jean_pool) and have been happy. Also has good prices.
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Live rock cleaning

I have been told to use a turkey baster once a day for a similar problem and it seems to be working fine.
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i need to buy something to get the sand blown off the LR, a turkey baster is a cheap and quick fix. thanks for tip hollywood

im still procrastinating on how i want my water movement in my tank to be. i have seen videos of the SCWD in action. very promising but i dont want the surface water breaking. its just too much salt spray in my canopy. already with the microbubbles my new retrofit coralife 260 PC lights and covered in salt. i have to wipe that off everyday or it will build up quick.

also i have seen the videos of Ocean Motion pumps and its great, but price is really high plus i need to get an external pump with more gph

also i have seen the Wave2K video but its big and also creates a lot of surface water break

and at last the Red Sea Wave Maker Pro. very simple but many PH s in the tank
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