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Old 07-18-2015, 02:27 PM   #11
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A 50% water change will only take your nitrates down by 50%. Several large water changes to bring the nitrates to 0 is your best bet.
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:14 PM   #12
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It's almost time to finalize my stocking list. I believe my cycle is done. I just need to get the nitrates down. Working on the water changes. I am setting up a skimmer today and choosing on lighting. I'm deciding between OceanRevive 120w full spectrum x2 or MarsAqua 165w full spectrum x2.

I'm looking through compatibility for stocking list, keeping in mind the intention of adding coral. I know I need to narrow this down but what are the thoughts on compatibility below. Any issues I may need to worry about?
Coral Beauty
Lionfish or Leaffish
Two Spot Bristletooth Tang or Kole Yellow Eye Tang or Bristeltooth Tahini Tang
Clown fish x2
One Spot Foxface
Spotted Puffer or Saddle Valetini Puffer
Maybe a jawfish or wrasse
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:24 PM   #13
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Get the Mars Aqua, theres absolutely no difference in the units, except the name on it. No, difference.
Lionfish is liable to eat your smaller fish. It'll corner and eat anything it can fit in his mouth. Unless your talking about the dwarf lion.
Need to still knock those Trates down a bit more before adding fish.
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I was thinking of a dwarf. I would love an one spot foxface but not sure if my tank is to small.

When I started this build I thought I would go to the LFS for water but now I'm thinking I should get a RODI system. Are they difficult to setup and maintain? Does it take up a lot of room? Is there a real difference between 3 stages up to 7 stages?

From what I've been reading, it seems to be a debate on adding fish or corals first. I'm thinking fish first so the tank can become more established.
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Old 07-26-2015, 11:51 PM   #15
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Not hard to maintain at all, set it and forget it. 4 stage is all you really need, carbon, sediment, membrane, then the DI canister. Then a container to hold the water for you, could be a garbage can from Home Depot.
You can add Corals, they don't add hardly anything to the biological of the tank.
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Thanks. I'm in an apt with limited space but it seems like the right way to go.....

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No worries, you can always get the lil one that attaches to the sink
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The coral beauty angel will almost undoubtedly pick at LPS and softies, lionfish will eat pretty much anything that fits in their mouths, and puffers will eat cleanup crew.
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A coral beauty is probably the least likely of all dwarf angels to pick at corals. Mine has done very well with the exception of it going nuts for my pocillopora over a year ago. Hasn't gone after a coral since. I originally suspected it for harassing a clam to death, but now think things were going south and it just saw an easy meal.
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Either way, angels are iffy. It really depends on the specific angel you get. Hank is right, they can just have very little or no interest in coral, but IME that doesn't happen the majority of the time
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