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Old 01-22-2005, 01:04 PM   #11
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Risk, it can also trap pockets of toxic gas (forgot whcich type) that, when disturbed, release into the aqarium
I believe the gas is hydrogen sulfide. From what I've read, this risk is probably overstated, but why take chances? I'll keep mine to around 4". Since it will be small, I'm not sure that it will have any effect on nitrates. Fortunately, my tap water is nitrate free. I'm going to test for copper, and if it's ok, I'm going to use a carbon bag on a flowhead to mix my sea water and try to avoid the RO/DI expense.

This is starting to cost some bucks - un sacco di soldi as my realtives would say!

Thanks for the tip on live rocks. I never thought to call and ask for a mix and match. That's probably what I'll do, but first I'll check the store in my area.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 01-23-2005, 11:41 AM   #12
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Thanks for the clarification!

It was for this reason I got a 40 Gallon Breeder tank vs. a 30 Gallon Breeder. The 40 and 30 gallon Breeder Tanks have the same footprint...but the 40 Gallon is 4 inches higher than the 30 Breeder...allowing for a DSB.

The Cycle has completed on my tank with the DSB and Base Rock. Live Rock from LR.com will be here on Tuesday! I too got a Mix of 20lbs Key and 20 Lbs Gulf! I was going to go with 25lbs of each...but the boxes only hold 40lbs each and I would incure a $30 charge for for second box if I got 50lb total. I figured if I really feel I needed the extra 10 lbs...I could get some at the LFS...for yet even more diversity!



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40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB (2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.

3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)
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Old 01-23-2005, 12:20 PM   #13
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Old 01-23-2005, 01:17 PM   #14
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The Cycle has completed on my tank with the DSB and Base Rock. Live Rock from LR.com will be here on Tuesday!
Won't this start the cycle over again? Most of what I've read says that even "Fully cured" LR will have some die-off in transit.

Please keep me (us) posted, as I'll be facing the same decision shortly.

I had planned to cycle everything together, but I have to wait until the end of February if I do that (I'm gooing away for a week and don;t want to leave the tank if it hasn't fully cycled). If instead I put in the LS now, I may content myself with a few returnable (to the LFS) damsels for a few weeks until I get back from my trip in February, at which time I can order and introduce the LR.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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