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Old 03-10-2012, 04:44 PM   #141
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I haven't secured mine... been running for about a month and a half now without one. I think once you get it figured out, you should probably put them on though just for safety purposes. If mine falls, it's just going to fall off the tank though.

FWIW, my sand never clouded my tank in the least. I doubt you'll even have anything more than a haze for a day or two if you put the sand in after. Even without rinsing it (as mine was super super clean... I'm sure yours will be to).
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Old 03-10-2012, 04:52 PM   #142
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I think with a center overflow I would put the rock around the overflow and leave the front and sides open for the fish to swim. It really is about what you like though! That would also give you a lot of levels to put different light requirement corals.
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So, do you guys use the little sticky clips to attach your vortech wires to the tank? I don't really want to put that sticky stuff on my tank glass and I also like the idea of having the ability to move my power heads without having to pull those clips off. Am I living dangerously by not affixing them? I guess the danger is if they somehow become detached, it could bang against the glass or something?
If I had a rimless, no way id use the clips, but I did use them on my tank to attach to the rim. Ive only had one time that the PH came unattached and it was my fault, because I removed the wet side not thinking about it.

Id say go without if you can. You can even mount the PH so the cord faces down I would think.
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So does anyone think I will have a problem using my vortechs in ecosmart mode, which generates a pretty good wave? The glass on the tank is 1/2" but it is rimless. I don't want to rip the tank apart.
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Ok tank is up and running. How do I go about adding salt? What is a good measurement of salt per gallon that will get me close but low so I can dial it in?
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I use half a cup per gallon for my salt mix. So far instant ocean and red sea have been the same.
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Ok thanks Carey.

The noisiest part of this thing is the anti siphon hole at the top of my return. Water trickles out of it.... Gonna throw a tie wrap around the pipe so it breaks up the stream a bit I guess.
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Can you lower it a bit? You want it under water so it doesnt do that I think.
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No, it is all the way at the top of the elbow... And to get the returns over the overflow it is going to have to be out of the water. I think the tie wrap did the trick though. Now all I hear is my skimmer suckin air and a small hum from the return pump.
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