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Old 07-17-2013, 03:25 PM   #131
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Thanks! I may try a Nassarius or two. They're good for sifting the sand bed as well, right?
Yes. I love them! They bury themselves in the sand and they come out at night and at feeding time. They're some of my favorites.
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:32 PM   #132
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Just kinda new at saltwater btw what does cuc mean??Ņ?
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:50 PM   #133
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love your tank already bill i just started a 5.5 myself i will be following!
CUC= clean up crew
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Old 07-17-2013, 03:58 PM   #134
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^ I will be doing none of the above...
Yeah I know nothing about saltwater so im actually here learning!
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Old 07-17-2013, 04:03 PM   #135
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Thanks everyone! I'm kinda busy today, but I'll definitely be hitting the fish stores tomorrow in search of some live stock. There's a reef store I found that I've yet to visit, gonna go check it out, it had pretty good reviews on yelp... Haha

I still haven't built my auto top off yet, still trying to figure out how I'm gonna build the float mount, and I've been reading that I should have some sort of relay or reduce volts down to 12v at the float switch? Not sure, I guess some more research is needed. If anyone has any experience on the subject, it would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks again for the comments and help, the thread started off slow, I was a little worried that maybe the salt side wasn't as active as the planted sub forum I frequent, but it seems to be picking up steam now!
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Yeah I know nothing about saltwater so im actually here learning!
Haha, no worries! That's what the forum is for. Oh, and ps, my little 5g is way too small for a pair of clowns, or even a single clown. And I believe nems require very high light and a well established tank to survive, as in like a 6 month-a year old tank... I could find some coral with long tentacles or polyps that look kinda like a nem though!
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Haha, no worries! That's what the forum is for. Oh, and ps, my little 5g is way too small for a pair of clowns, or even a single clown. And I believe nems require very high light and a well established tank to survive, as in like a 6 month-a year old tank... I could find some coral with long tentacles or polyps that look kinda like a nem though!
Yeah its too small and the anemone does require high light. I think 1 clown needs 10g minimum
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Yeah its too small and the anemone does require high light. I think 1 clown needs 10g minimum
Yeah, I've been tempted to get a small clown and use it as my excuse for an eventual upgrade, but money is tight so an upgrade is far in the future. I've seen tons of people keep clowns in a 5g and its extremely tempting because I REALLY want one, but I'm trying to be a responsible fish keeper... :/ guess I'll stick to a small goby, or possibly a firefish.
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Yeah, I've been tempted to get a small clown and use it as my excuse for an eventual upgrade, but money is tight so an upgrade is far in the future. I've seen tons of people keep clowns in a 5g and its extremely tempting because I REALLY want one, but I'm trying to be a responsible fish keeper... :/ guess I'll stick to a small goby, or possibly a firefish.
I hear you. I wanna get a tank this friday but nooooo. I had to get a dog and now I need to get her shots. Why oh why cant we have both!
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Okay, so I THINK I may have figured out the auto top off situation... Since my pump runs on 120v, I'll have to get a 12v transformer to wire to the float switch, then that goes to a relay that uses the 12v to switch on the 120v to power the pump... Ugh, hopefully they have what I need t radio shack... I've seen a lot of people just wire 120 to the float switch, but that seems a little dangerous... I'm gonna do it right, I'll post lots if pics for you guys once the project is underway. I suppose I could use a low voltage pump and forgo the relay, but I like that the aqua lifter pump has a lower gallons per hour, incase of a failure, it won't dump tons of water into the tank, more like a small drip...

Edit: further reading in to the subject has reaffirmed the use of a relay. It also prevents voltage spikes(which can damage and possibly warp or stick the contacts of the float switch) to the float switch that can even be caused by low voltage pumps.
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