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Old 12-28-2012, 03:37 AM   #31
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How many pounds of live sand do I need to buy tomorrow, tank is 48"x12 footprint?

I was hoping to get about 18 lbs of live rock and the right amount of sand to give me a good depth for a CUC of assorted snails. No fish planned in the immediate future.

And for a refugium, can it just be a Tupperware under the tank? What do I need to make my own? It SUCKS not having wireless this week! Storms!!
Can make a fugi out of anything really imo dont really need a dsb id just add enough sand to the look your going for i only have about an inch my last tank had 4" after 3 years it was saturated with nutrients a powerhead fell and blew sand everywhere nitrate spiked over 100 killing alot of coral so if your doin dsb your gonna need sandstirring inverts to keep your sand good thats why on my new setup i only put enough to cover the bottom
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:38 AM   #32
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Can make a fugi out of anything really imo dont really need a dsb id just add enough sand to the look your going for i only have about an inch my last tank had 4" after 3 years it was saturated with nutrients a powerhead fell and blew sand everywhere nitrate spiked over 100 killing alot of coral so if your doin dsb your gonna need sandstirring inverts to keep your sand good thats why on my new setup i only put enough to cover the bottom
And it saves money lol
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:44 AM   #33
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Hmmmm so like 10-15 lbs? I used a 20 lb bag of substrate for my 29 and it was plenty deep
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:48 AM   #34
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Oh I found the name of the fish I really hoped to take home from them, he is tiny, called a barnacle blenny. I want to try to buy the live rock he lives in that has a few little soft blobby corals popping out of it. Don't know the technical names yet lol. Are blenny's easy enough to keep?
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Can I use a HOB refugium and canister filter and forego a sump? The measurements under the tank are tight, I prefer to avoid a sump as I read they get stinky, this tank is behind the couch...
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:07 AM   #36
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Can I use a HOB refugium and canister filter and forego a sump? The measurements under the tank are tight, I prefer to avoid a sump as I read they get stinky, this tank is behind the couch...
Yes you can. I have a Fluval 406 on my 55g and also have a hob refugium that I fashioned from a ac30 with a submersible light from inTank, LR rubble, and cheato. I also have a aqua c remora s skimmer. My water is great, but I clean out the filter very well every week.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:38 PM   #37
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Awesome my lfs friend said the aqua clear hObs can be refugiums too, do I just remove the filter media and add lighting and sand plus "food" like chaeto?


Here is the space on my custom acrylic tank I got off CL-- would a AC30 fit?

Not pictured are circular holes in both back corners 1"1/4 in diameter. The gap I'm talking about measures 1"7/8 by 15"1/2
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Alternatively, could I use several aqua clear filters and skip a canister filter?

This reef tank is partly my partner's endeavor and he wants to take more of a part in the WCs and testing. We both got FW fish and only my Marshall survived so I really took more of an interest in the planted tank side of things. I garden as well, natural progression for me. He loves SW and I think a canister filter required a lot of constant cleaning from the research I've been doing. Since the canister is "out of sight out of mind" I would hope the HoB filters would be an option.

I'm buying lr today and ordering sand from drs F&S. do you recommend any alternative websites to order from instead? Ill be buying a skimmer (maybe the one you listed beengirl) and aquaclears and perhaps a second heater
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:46 PM   #39
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Another question: for $100 should I jump on this equipment on Craigslist? Only a few miles away-

"Hi I need to give up my saltwater tank because I'm traveling too much to keep it up. Converting to freshwater. So, need to find home for adorable clownfish, clean up crew, stack of live rock, 12gal sump, filtration system & protein skimmer, resin bags & beautiful light system. Everything you need for a salt water system but the tank.

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current usa mh/t4 combo
tlf reactor with pump currently running with bio pellets
aqueon returned pump
Rio nano HOB skimmer

make me an offer. must sell fish & liverock before end of year, so hurry."
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