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Old 10-11-2010, 01:46 PM   #11
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No, the pot scrubbers will also collect any crap that flow into the sump. I would use either live rock rubble or bio balls. You don't want anything in that section that will collect detritus (non-living particulate organic material).
Okay I will take all the sponges out and get some bio balls thanks
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:47 PM   #12
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I would suggest this also. BTW congrats on the new tank. Looks real nice.
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Old 10-31-2010, 01:05 PM   #13
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Ok these are old but I haven't updated for a while (Sorry for that)

Filling the beast

After everything was settled (It has changed)


This has been changed so I will put up some pics later to show the new look!
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Wouldn't bio-balls also collect lots of crap and become nitrate blooms???

In my opinion go with live rock or nothing at all and just get yourself one very good protein skimmer...
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Yes, bioballs will also be a nitrate factory if used as a wet/dry. So will LR rubble. The difference is that LR rubble is porous and has deep areas that become anoxic and house the bacteria that turn nitrite into nitrate. Some of the newer materials (ceramic rings, etc) are also supposed to have the same type of structure. Plastic bioballs do not, though some folks don't seem to have a problem with them. PWC's can make up for a lot.
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:22 PM   #16
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Ok so this is the current set-up! I still have to get lids and also put the canopy on.


I think I also need to get a Powerhead on the opposite side of the tank.
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Old 11-03-2010, 03:39 AM   #17
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wet/dry and nitrate

What make you guys think that nitrate is so bad? If nitrate is bad, nitrite is worse and more toxic. If you do not want nitrate you will have nitrite. The nitrogen cycle is but from ammonia to nitrite to nitrate to nitrogen. you do not want it to stop it at nitrite do you? or to slow it down from nitrite to nitrate.

To get rid of nitrite is to convert it into nitrate as soon as possible. Even better, remove the waste via mechanical filtration and protein skimmer before it could turn into ammonia in the first place!

What's else is best to convert nitrite into nitrate = Wet/Dry!

Wet/dry is so ez to maintain and cost no more after initial investment if you use bioballs as medium. No pump whatsoever needed. Periodiacally clean/change the prefilter is what you need to do. The prefilter itself removes much of the waste from gettting into the nitrogen cycle.

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Ok I have some inhabitants in the tank now, I put in a grunt and two small blennies in last week after the tank was cycling for about a month. Today I added 2 true percula clowns. They seem to be doing good so far (fingers crossed) I also am getting 2 1300 gph powerheads soon they should increase the water circulation greatly. I also got a bunch of Bio-balls, they are in my flter now along with some pot scrubbers (I did some research and I can use these in a salt tank) The only thing left is to get the lids for it. Does anyone know where I can find and order two 24" L x 18" W lids for it? I already tried Drs Foster and Smith and they don't have any. Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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Well sad news I lost the clown in the 125, and I emergency transferred the other one into my established tank. Guess I waiting another couple weeks to start adding hardy fish :'(
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