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Old 01-11-2013, 01:20 PM   #31
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I wouldn't put the cheto in the tank. Did you say that there was only 4.5 from your tank to the wall?
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Old 01-11-2013, 01:56 PM   #32
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Isn't that macroalgae going to take off and grow wildly in your tank?I thought that is why people put it in a refug. I like it in the tank, I was just under the impression it wouldn't stay that way just in that spot.
I'm just barely grasping the macro algae purpose- originally I was told to get some to grow Copepods for my scooter blenny-- however he eats great on frozen food. Then I heard it helps reduce nitrates-- well I have none yet but my planted fresh tanks are full of plants and have less than 5ppm always, and my old water tested about 10-20 ppm untreated. So the more plants the better no?

I'm used to pruning back my planted tank weekly. Plus I'm looking into building a fuge too.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:02 PM   #33
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Most people put the chito in the fuge or stump
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:18 PM   #34
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Most people put the chito in the fuge or stump
Is there a problem that I need to expect besides fast growth? I like how bright the green is and the red is awesome, just like local seaweed or kelp I get stuck in my hair all the time. Hehe
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:26 PM   #35
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I wouldn't put the cheto in the tank. Did you say that there was only 4.5 from your tank to the wall?
Yes there is about 4 and a half inches of space, max 5 between the wall and the aquarium. The cabinet is a few inches deeper so there are a few extra inches of flat countertop behind the tank. To be honest the background is really my last concern, ill hang a black sheet on the wall or some nice blue batik for the time being.

It's probably insanely frustrating to glue that sheet onto an aquarium even if its empty. Maybe if I relocate my tank to another room ill give it a go.

My hob skimmer just fits in the gap behind my tank. Like a glove
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:39 AM   #36
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I don't think there will be a problem with having it in your tank. With only 4" behind the tank a overflow may not fit.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:40 PM   #37
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New photos: added 30 more lbs of rock and my new powerheads. The DR. Tim's One and Only was cloudy for a few hours but cleared overnight. All the rearranging caused a lot of the cloudiness too most likely.

My tests results on day 15 of this fish-in cycle before adding the "Dr. Tim's" were not what I expected, really low nitrates(<5.0) and unreadable ammonia or nitrites. My specific gravity is up slightly to 1.022. PH was at 8.0.

My lighting is back to the T-12s I got for free on the tank, my logic is to save the brand new T5HO bulbs for when I start bringing home corals. This will be a FOWLER tank for at least 6 months. Is there any drawback to cycling partial cured rock mixed with Live with less powerful lights? For example would coraline spread more rapidly under the T5HO's?

I also thought the T-12s might inhibit the macro algae from regenerating too fast
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:44 PM   #38
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Any rock scape critiques welcome :P


22/75 lbs of my rock was live tonga the rest base and cured rock. Does that explain my low ammonia?
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Looks good - a lot of rock and the coral placement seems endless with the way you have the scape - i like it. lots of holes and crevices for the fish to swim through
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Tank looks great, nice rocks!! Most hob overflows will fit. Check out eshoops 800 with a mag7 for your tank.
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