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Old 04-26-2015, 09:49 AM   #121
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I know I am jumping in late here, lol, but figured why not?

I used to run aquaclears on my smaller tanks and they did very well for me. I ran carbon every other month, the sponge that comes with it and chemipure elite. The chemioure is good for several months too but isnt rechargeable as far as I know. It has gfo in it which can help curb phosphates and in turn algae growth.

You seem to have a great start, you got a lot of great advice from the others.

For hanging my lights i used the store bought hang brackets from current, but they were $90! They do the job perfectly and since I can't figure out much diy it fit the bill for me.

A warning on those leds'. they are extremely extremely bright. I burned every single coral I had with them and never got the hang of them to be honest. lol I ended up going back to t5's on the one tank. If you do get corals just know to acclimate them to the light and start at like the lowest setting and work your way up. you most likely will never have them above 50% for each channel just so you know.

Good luck! I will continue to follow along.

Thanks Carey! Welcome aboard!

I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to do the lights yet it's a working progress. The tank will take the place of the 45g in my room and is open on 3 sides.

I still have to read up on coral acclimation and moving it from the LFS. I know 0 about that.

And once I finally get everything set up I'll tinker without how I'm going to work with the light so hopefully I don't burn up my work of art. I guess I got so worried about not getting a strong enough light that I went overboard :p *flashback to planted with Finnex*


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Old 04-26-2015, 09:50 AM   #122
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Look up BAM Reptiles and Aquaria on Facebook in Clarksville TN. I deal with this guy ALOT.

3 1/2 hours from me little far lol


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Old 04-26-2015, 07:09 PM   #123
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UPDATE!! goldfish is in a neighbors pond now! Tank is partially set up.

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Almost everything is coming in tommorow. then set up will begin! Started filling up the RODI jugs because my system is so slow.


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Sounds good. Are you using an aquaclear 50? Not sure what you decided on.
Some other items you may not have gotten: a refractometer to test salinity. You can get one for like $30 and it is WAAAAY more accurate than the cheap $12 swing arms. This is even more important with your tank since it is small, salt levels can change abruptly and you need accuracy.
A mag float for the algae: about $10. It will also wipe off micro bubbles and dirt that may accumulate during your cycle.

Depending on your stock choices you may want to make a screen top, for the jumpers, since gobies and blennies are from my experience jumpers alot of times.

I really can't think of anything else specific that you need, I think you have all the bases covered. lol
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Sounds good. Are you using an aquaclear 50? Not sure what you decided on.
Some other items you may not have gotten: a refractometer to test salinity. You can get one for like $30 and it is WAAAAY more accurate than the cheap $12 swing arms. This is even more important with your tank since it is small, salt levels can change abruptly and you need accuracy.
A mag float for the algae: about $10. It will also wipe off micro bubbles and dirt that may accumulate during your cycle.

Depending on your stock choices you may want to make a screen top, for the jumpers, since gobies and blennies are from my experience jumpers alot of times.

I really can't think of anything else specific that you need, I think you have all the bases covered. lol

Thanks for the tips Carey.

It's an Aquaclear 30. I have an extra 10g filter if I need to double up.

I got the Red Sea Refractometer NEW.

Is a mag float just one of those magnetic algae scrapers?

I'll see about the screen top because I was looking at Rainford's goby it's just a cute little guy.


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Thanks for the tips Carey.

It's an Aquaclear 30. I have an extra 10g filter if I need to double up.

I got the Red Sea Refractometer NEW.

Is a mag float just one of those magnetic algae scrapers?

I'll see about the screen top because I was looking at Rainford's goby it's just a cute little guy.


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They sure are! Mine has never tried to jump. Mag-Float is a brand of magnetic/floating algae cleaners. They make life easier and are worth the price compared to the cheaper ones.

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I use mag-floats even on my freshwater tanks. Those things are a godsend. And I've tried the cheaper ones, don't make that mistake.
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Caleb getting salty!?! No way..

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They sure are! Mine has never tried to jump. Mag-Float is a brand of magnetic/floating algae cleaners. They make life easier and are worth the price compared to the cheaper ones.


Thanks Paul he is gorgeous! Making me want him more now lol


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I use mag-floats even on my freshwater tanks. Those things are a godsend. And I've tried the cheaper ones, don't make that mistake.

I might get another just for the GSA in the planted tank. Great idea.


EDIT: 2 mag floats on the way because my planted tank is tired of having an arm scrub it by hand for an hour.

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I hate the red sea refrwctometer. I always need to recalibrate on every use

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LOL. See mag floats are one of those often forgotten items.
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