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Old 01-02-2011, 02:58 PM   #21
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Any Asian market will have it and some larger grocery stores stock too. I used to get it from the fresh sushi section in the grocery, but they really only buy enough for their own use now.
I buy the package of 50 sheets for around $8 at the Asian market and it lasts a few months.
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heres an update

added a piece of dry coral to the middle. its nice and thin and filled the middle spot nicely


went to LFS and they told me a good beginner coral would be a frogspawn.
so i bought a small one to try it out.
i put the little rock it was on just under the sand.... is this ok or does it need to be moved onto the liverock? it does get current at the bottom (the little things move around)


also got a fluval G6 to replace the emperor 400 HOB filter.
any suggestions for bio media that i should use?
(already installed phosphate filter)
will the same ceramic bio max filter media work as in the freshwater systems?

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Old 01-02-2011, 09:18 PM   #23
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here you can see how much flow there is

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that frogspawn should be ok on the sand bed, or moved up a little if need be. btw, all new additions should be placed on the sand bed, and slowly moved up according to their needs. the lighting at the LFS is not the same as yours and you should give them time to get used to it.
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it moves like a gental breeze is blowing threw it.

how will i know if it should be moved higher?
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if it starts losing color. if it starts to head towards more of a brown color, and less green, it's a pretty good indicator that it needs more light. if it starts turning white, it may be that it's too much light, or something else.
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thanks a lot, you're always such a great help.

any idea what kind of bio media i should run in my canister filter?

would the same ceramic bio media work as in a freshwater system? will bacteria start to grow on it?
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it's my pleasure. i don't have a tank right now so i get my reef fix through you guys. i would just use the cannister for carbon. i would also clean it out weekly. it's not like fresh water in that you can put some ceramic rings in a cannister and get more surface area. cannisters quickly build up nitrates.
your rock and sand and tank walls are where your bacteria will reside.
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it's my pleasure. i don't have a tank right now so i get my reef fix through you guys. i would just use the cannister for carbon. i would also clean it out weekly. it's not like fresh water in that you can put some ceramic rings in a cannister and get more surface area. cannisters quickly build up nitrates.
your rock and sand and tank walls are where your bacteria will reside.
oh ok thanks. so canister filters on a salt system are pointless?

what does carbon do? and how should i clean it? in tank water or tap water?
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no. they aren't pointless, but they need to be cleaned regularly, and in a reef system, i am not a fan of something that will have pods living in it, that will have to be cleaned so that you don't get a nutrient build up.

carbon removes organic compounds.
Activated Carbon in the Marine Tank
this will give you a run-down on it, however, i don't agree with the amount (they say 2 cups per 55 gallons. i think this is too little)they say to use.

carbon gets rinsed before use to remove the dust, and then gets changed out about monthly. i run tap water through it.
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