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Old 10-10-2009, 11:44 PM   #1
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Hey guys really have enjoyed reading all of the advice on this site, couldn't have even begun without the info I've gathered from your posts. Here's what I'm doing so far. I have a 45 gallon tank, built my own stand and canopy (crappy pic from my phone included below) koralia PH, prizm skimmer (mixed reviews on this so far but thought I'd take the chance), marineland stealth 200w heater (liked it cause of the wattage and the length of the heater cause my tank is 24 inches deep) 30lbs of carib sea arag and 40lbs of carib sea live arag (they only had one bag of 30lb dry arag so they gave me this for the same price) and about 60lbs of dry lava, coquina and limestone from a local stone supplier. That's all I have so far, got the salinity right today and I'm waiting for the sediment to settle (pic below) early next week I'm gonna get a filter (recommendations appreciated, looking at marineland penguin or rena smart) I have a local connection for some live rock (gonna get bout 10 to 15lbs) then gonna get a couple of dead shrimp and wait to see what happens, not too concerned with lighting so far cause I won't be needing it for a few days/weeks I'll probably go with something that I'll be able to do some soft corals in the future. My goal now is to get things going and add a CUC in a few weeks then add maybe 3 or 4 fish (clown, gobie, and whatever else my research/your recommendations find) slowly. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. One question is should I have the skimmer on while I'm cycling my LR.
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Old 10-11-2009, 12:06 AM   #2
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I have mine while cycling.
all I know its don't do any WC until u see nitrate, or u will slow down the cycle.
u might want to have a HOB or some kind of filter to make your water clear, since what make the water cloudy r dirty stuff from the sand.
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Ok as filtration, either a sump or just the rock and skimmer. A sump is a tank which adds water volume and hides equiptment. Just make sure to have a 15-25X water turnover rate per hour.A skimmer while cycling is fine, some people do, some people dont.
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You don't need the filter. The skimmer and the rock will do the work.
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Yes i agree but a very nice tank :p
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:11 PM   #6
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Thanks guys, I think I might get a HOB just to turn the water over more, don't think it will hurt. Also, I've heard not to let the rock touch the back of the glass but it seems pretty much impossible for me to do that cause of the narrowness of my tank, any suggestions on this.
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Thanks guys, I think I might get a HOB just to turn the water over more, don't think it will hurt. Also, I've heard not to let the rock touch the back of the glass but it seems pretty much impossible for me to do that cause of the narrowness of my tank, any suggestions on this.
Same deal with a 55. just make sure your rock is stable. a lot of mine touches the back of the tank. Just make sure it can't shift.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:31 PM   #8
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I would just grab another koralia that is the same size as the one you have. Better to have two of the same size power heads anyway. I would just use the filter to help clear the tank up, or stick it on the back of the tank in case you need it for emergency qt, and keep it cleaned about every week otherwise you will start to see nitrate problems after awhile.
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Also, I've heard not to let the rock touch the back of the glass but it seems pretty much impossible for me to do that cause of the narrowness of my tank,
I`ve had mine on the back glass for 11 yrs now. I like it there. Makes the fish swim out front. It`s personal preference really but they are wrong if they say you cant have it on the back glass.
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Old 10-12-2009, 01:08 AM   #10
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the back glass in my tank is basicaly the back bone of my rock work...... i have never had a problem with it.
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