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Old 09-11-2011, 04:16 PM   #41
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We paid someone to set up our seventy-five because we bought it used and had no clue. It was well worth it.
That's good to hear! Do you remember how much you paid by any chance?
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Old 09-11-2011, 04:25 PM   #42
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Here's a little update for everyone.

I headed over to another LFS and picked up some purple rock. That first piece I got was purple due to coralline algae (the one from yesterday), but these pieces are purple bcz it's a type of rock called Fish Heads' Real Reef Live Rock. It's "painted" purple. From what I've read it's real live rock, and coralline algae will grow on it, but the rock itself is purple from the start. It's also way cheaper than the real purple rock. It was sold at the normal price of $6/lb lol.

Here's a link if anyone's curious. I thought it was pretty cool.

http://reefbuilders.com/2011/02/08/f...ano-live-rock/
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cool find. hope this gets put together soon. i would like to seen some pictures.
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:37 AM   #44
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Hey guys, got another quick question for you experts. So I've decided to try a deep sand bed in my refugium.

Could I use pool filter sand for this or does it have to be live sand? Maybe a mixture of the two?
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pool filter should be fine. 4-6" deep.
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:14 AM   #46
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Alright, so it's looking like my QT might actually be cycled. I tested the water before heading out to the lab this morning, and this is what I found:

Ammo: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm
Nitrate 10-20 ppm
pH: 8.2

I fed my chromis a bit heavier than usual last night, and I was expecting a tiny spike in ammonia, but there was none. I'm still going to try testing somewhat frequently, as I'm not yet totally convinced that I'm cycled (it'd be the quickest and easiest tank cycling I've ever had).
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Hey any thoughts on my QT? Do you guys think I'm cycled? Or maybe close to being cycled?
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its cycled tagging along!
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Alright, so here's an update for everyone. I went over to home depot and bought a bunch of stuff. I got a cheapo light fixture for the fuge, eggcrate to put down on the bottom, and plenty of pvc pieces for all the plumbing. I also got ball valves for both the return from the tank and the output from the pump, so I can adjust everything as needed.

I was working with the guy at home depot for a while and we came up with a system that will work. What are the pro's and con's of hardlining your plumbing (with PVC), versus using flexible tubing?
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clean professional look with minimal flow restriction from the ribbing. too many options for additions or custom set ups to list.

vibration from your return pump may be problematic depending how you plumb it. if you need to scoot your sump a little this way or that you cant. should you need to remove the sump for what ever reason plumb a union in the in and out.

am i missing anything?
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