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Old 09-18-2012, 10:33 PM   #21
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not sure about corals, I might get there at some point but since I'm only on day nine as a salty dog I'm just going to take my time, I just had a lot of lace rock sitting around from a previous CL transaction that the seller had used in a salt tank so I figured, why not? I'm already kicking around the idea of a sump/fuge so some of the pcs of LR that I don't find athstetically pleasing will probably end up in there, right now my biggest concern is picking up a master test kit, most likely I'll do it this payday if there's anything left
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:29 PM   #22
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Yea this hobby can eat up some money! LOL. I'd say you have plenty of rock now and agree heavily with convict if you plan to keep corals. Fish and shrimp will definitely love all the caves and crevices though. I strive very very hard to make my little 35 gallon look like it was picked right out of the ocean! Gotta make every little inch count IMO. Also I noticed you may have a little cyano (red slime) on your sand bed. Could be something different hard to tell from the pic. But you might want to check it out. Looking forward to more updates.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:07 AM   #23
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no, not cyano, diatom outbreak from adding sand when I put it all back together. I was thinking if I decided to do corals I might make the rock slope less steeply leaving more surface area exposed to the light and giving more options for placement but like I said those are "someday ideas" although I did read some zoanthids are hardy and forgiving so they may be the first attempt but not just yet, though I am headed to that fish place later this week to pick up a $5 gasket kit they ordered for me so if I can get out of the store spending less than $100 I'll count myself lucky
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:38 AM   #24
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I'd get rid if your fluval 305, when the live rock takes off you won't need it. Its just a time bomb waiting to cause problems in your tank. The live rock and slimmer will be enough to keep it clean aslong as you do regular water changes. Try to keep on top of water changes too because soon as you let it slip, things can really spiral out of hand. If more diatoms start growing on the substrate try to get a bit more flow over it.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #25
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cracked open the 305 over the weekend pulled out everything, only kept the sponges(unrinsed) and loaded the baskets with bio media, was just measuring up possible sump options, I have the oceanic mentioned earlier in the thread or a tank I picked up off the curb that measures @ 30x12x17, for that one the pump would have to be internal as opposed to external with the oceanic
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:21 AM   #26
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Id still get rid of the fluval, it just harbours nitrates and when something goes wrong it just let's it all leak into the water.
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:57 PM   #27
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just took the time to scrape the buildup off the back of the powerheads turns out i've got two hydors rated at 400 and 425 gph and a jvp-101?rated at 3000 lph plus the output from the 305 totals up at a max of @ 1875 cut it by 30% to get more realistic numbers and I figure I've got @ 20x my tanks volume in flow
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:05 PM   #28
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yaaayyyy! got out of that fish place and only spent $85, and I got my test kit soooo we've got ph 8.4
nitrate 0 ppm
ammonia 0 ppm
nitrite 0 ppm
and my wife wouldn't let us leave without a peppermint shrimp, she honestly didn't get much of an argument from me. still undecided on the name York or Patty
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:48 PM   #29
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Looks good. You should test phosphates in your SW tank. If doing corals it's a whole other ball game. As far as testing goes IMO.
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Looking good. +1 on the phosphates. Even if you choose not to do corals. But your doing good.
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