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Old 02-05-2013, 07:21 PM   #41
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if your tank is drilled and you need a sump.. go to wallyworld or anywhere you can get a 35 gallon plastic tote. and 3 shoe box drawers.. drill a hole in the top to fit your overflow pipe. or hose.. and the top 2 shoebox drawers drill tiny holes in it to allow enough water to go thru it. put filter pad in the top.. carbon and or live rock rubble and leave the bottom drawer off. set inside tote put heater and all your stuff in the tote.. including pump and return hose. and bam.. cheap and easy sump.. cost me less than 20$ compared to 150-350$..

keep up on water changes each week and make sure to allow for a full cycle!
it can cost around 60$ but buy your salt in bulk.. 6 gallon buckets are cheaper in the long run for your salt.. and when its empty. you have a bucket for water changes.. the buckets are good for 200 gallons. so it will last a long time if you have a smaller tank
Thanks for the advice but its too late already went with the canister filter.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:10 PM   #42
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Okay guys I was able to remove that hitchhiker from the tank last night. Wasn't set on doing it, that is until the little bugger tried escaping. So now my tank is free to cycle.

Just wanted some input about different light setup's. I'm kind of eyeing a l.e.d system but its kind of pricey. I will say this, I can't have a light hanging down on a string, I live in an apartment and don't wanna mess up the ceilings to much.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:38 PM   #43
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LEDs are great, I have a couple of kessil A350s and they are awesome. Maybe look into T5 fixture though. I know you said you were doing fowlr. It will give you that crisp color and bring out the colors in your fish.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:18 PM   #44
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LEDs are great, I have a couple of kessil A350s and they are awesome. Maybe look into T5 fixture though. I know you said you were doing fowlr. It will give you that crisp color and bring out the colors in your fish.
I second that heard that kessils are good DO NOT BUY AQUARAY IT WILL COAT A FORTUNE
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Also, think long term too. At some point you will maybe want corals. So maybe get a light that will support coral growth. So you won't need to spend money on another light.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:30 AM   #46
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I agree, I was at the lfs yesterday and they've got the marine land reef master LEDs. Kinda curious if you all have heard anything about them?
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Not very much PAR out of them. I would look to something stronger to light a reef.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #48
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Okay thanks Mr X I will be looking around for a bit as I have o need for a light right now anyhow
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:36 AM   #49
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What would be a good/appropriate CUC for this set up? My final fish stock list will likely be:

2 clowns
1yellow head jawfish
2 clown gobies
And maybe a filefish goby or something similar
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I would just get a few of each of what you like. No need to buy a packaged "clean up crew" since they always recommend way too many creatures and many of them starve to death. A few snails, a pair of skunk cleaner shrimp if you like them, a few crabs maybe...that's about what I would start with.
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