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Old 02-22-2012, 02:14 AM   #11
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I'm currently running a 20 gal tall, coral only. I was wondering how u would position the 2 power heads? Are u looking for one at each end forming a whirlpool effect? Or one pointing up for air mix and the other for circular flow? ( mine r like this now)
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:21 PM   #12
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Sounds good.

When you start to change out the gravel you can do 1/4 of the tank every water change. You don't want to switch it all out at once, just do it in sections.
I am glad you said that! because I was really going to just swap it ! I thought I would put my guys in the bucket (or hospital tank), drain the water out in a big bottle (I have couple of 10 gal bottles from water delivery service) and replace the gravel with sand. It makes much more sense to do it with water changes.

I installed one 425 air pump this morning (second will have to wait till i have more $), and fish seem to like it
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:27 PM   #13
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Look into the reef octopus bh-1000 hand on back Skimmer. Its nice and quiet and the pump isn't in the tank like most other hob Skimmers. I just got it for my 29 and its super quiet! Or like Carey said just do once a week changes. As for power heads I have 2 koralia 550's and kind of wish I went a little bigger but they are great power heads I would recommend them to anyone
I like quiet! Main reason I didn't have protein skimmer in the first place is that the one I tried (SeaClone 100) was super loud. My fish tank is next to the couch an I literally could not hear the sound on TV when installed it. I think I will go with water changes for now since I need to invest in lights, live rock and power heads. But will definitely look into getting it in a few month. Thanks!
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I like quiet! Main reason I didn't have protein skimmer in the first place is that the one I tried (SeaClone 100) was super loud. My fish tank is next to the couch an I literally could not hear the sound on TV when installed it. I think I will go with water changes for now since I need to invest in lights, live rock and power heads. But will definitely look into getting it in a few month. Thanks!
No problem. My tank is right next to my couch also and I just installed my new lights yesterday and holy crap! I went from a 17w t8 to a 346w fixture with 4 t5s and 1 250w mh. I would suggest the fixture I got to anyone. It is the odyssea 30" advance plus fixture. Awesome! Just needed to swap the bulbs out for ati's oh and the fixture without new bulbs is $179 with new bulbs about 260
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How cool, I should look into into getting that light fixture - price is very decent!

Meanwhile, I changed gravel for the sand. I tried doing it gradually with water changes, but it clouded the tank so much I got worried for the fish. So I moved everyone out, drained the water and cleaned out all gravel. Now my tank has 40 pounds of sand - half live and half regular. Looks pretty cloudy... But my guys are happily hanging out in the "hotel"
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Yeah its a great fixture! Only thing I really say you have to do is get a clip on fan to blow between the fixture and the glass top. If you don't the water heats up 1 degree per hour on a 29 gal tank. Other than that its fantastic. Glad to hear you got the gravel all switched out. The clouding will go down soon. Then back in with the fish
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