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Old 03-02-2011, 10:50 PM   #1
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Well this is my tank. It is 60g tank that is soon to be a FOWLR. All the rocks are man made. There is about 70 lbs of rock with about 2 1/2in sand bed. Th sand bed is made up of a black and white sand mix on the bottom then sugar size white sand for the top. The sump is a 10g diy. I do have a few questions for the sump. I would like to keep macro algae in the first or second section. Should I do that or a dsp? Any suggestions? The first an second section is about 5 to 6 in high. Also I plan on getting these fish... 2 clown fish. A yellow tang . 1 royal gramma(maybe2) and. A lawnmower blenny. As far as a cuc I plan on getting 3 or 4 turbo snails 2 star fish and a few shrimp..(idk what kind yet) and suggestions on anything else i could add or not add? Here are some pics tell me what you think.
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:53 PM   #2
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Looks good. What did you use to make the rocks?
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just make sure you check the PH of that water before adding any livestock (along with ammonia nitrite...)
i don't think you have room in that 10 gallon for a DSB. i would just use some algae.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:03 PM   #4
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Well I did use crushed coral for one but I did not like how it turned out. So I used the 3 2 1 mix. Salt. Portland cement and small rock ie gravel. I think they turned out pretty good.
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Yeah I don't plan on adding anything soon prob about 2 or 3 months in. Whenever the cycle gets done. Do u suggest using dr. Tims one and only? I have heard good things about it.
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na. it's a waste of money. culture your own bacteria. it's free. use an ammonia source, and just wait it out.

that is the equivalent of buying skimmate to fill your skimmer with!
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Alright cool. I plan on filling it up next week some time. Just have to wait for the overflow to arrive . Any suggestions for salt? I don't really want to use instant ocean mix. friends and everybody say it does not dissolve that well and takes along time for the tank to clear up.
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i think IO is fine for what you are going to do. otherwise, any salt will do.
btw, you are supposed to mix the salt and water in a different container..let it circulate with a power head and heater over night then add it to the tank. by that time the water is sure to be cleared up. it's not good to pour it in the tank while it's still cloudy- that means it's not mixed all the way and the parameters are sure to be off.
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Yeah I plan on mixing it up and letting it set for 2 days. My tank is in the basement so I have to get water out of a pipe leading to the water heater so the water is like 50 degrees. Lol way to cold. Have to let it heat up and everything before I can mix the salt in. Ok so I don't have an Ro/Di unit. Is tap ok? I know about the alga bloom u can get with just tap but that's not to hard to take care of.
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well, it's not great. how will you take care of an algae problem that is caused by your water? the way to take care of algae problems is to lower the nutrient level in the tank. you'll be adding more nutrients with every water change. you'll never win!
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