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Old 01-19-2013, 12:06 AM   #1
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Should I merge?

So ive got my 40g breeder updated! Lights on, powerheads in, live rock in! Now i have my ten gallon that i set up about 2 months ago with two chromis, gsp frag, and frogspawn frag, peppermint shrimp, 3 astreas, and one mexican.

What im looking for is your opinions on this merge? Should i do it? And create a sump with my ten gallon? I have about 27lbs lace/base rock and 9lbs liverock in my 40, and about 8 lbs in my ten gallon as two lbs are lava rock, which i dont want to transfer and plan to remove regardless what decision is made !
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:32 AM   #2
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I'd merge purely on the basis the 10 isn't big enough for chromis IMO
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:31 AM   #3
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+1 on the merge. Everything will probably be happier. If you are like a lot of us, your probably going to upgrade again and your 40g will become a sump.
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Old 01-19-2013, 11:55 AM   #4
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I'm merging my 55 into my newly acquired 120 gallon.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:30 PM   #5
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I wont be upgrading for a long time im 20 and still live with my dad i have a 90 gallon long that is not really reef compatible, its 6 ft long by 24 inch tall by 12 deep so no upgrading for a few years lol but i do think ill merge eventually! What about the sand? How can i use it for my refugium? On my 40 g ?
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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I would merge them but DON'T use sand in a refugium. It will clog your pumps and blow back into your main tank.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:41 PM   #7
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Okay... I dont see how thats possibly aince i have baffles in mu sump? If the flow rate is low then why not? My sump/fuge would be running under 300gph
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I don't run sand in the sump. To hard to clean and IMO not a real value to add it. If you want mangroves or such stick them into some rocks and they will grow.
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Old 01-19-2013, 01:39 PM   #9
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Awesome! What about like miracle mud or something like that? I wanted to grow cheato pods and have a dsb refugium?
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:19 PM   #10
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We can't do mangroves in Florida. It's illegal to cut them, unless you are a licensed arborist. If I could I certainly would love to have a few for my sump...
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