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Old 01-18-2009, 03:54 PM   #1
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Background: As many of you may know, i have recently picked up a free 55 gallon with stand hood and crappy light. my plans include a snowflake eel, fuzzy dwarf lion, a coral beauty, and 1or2 yellow stripe maroon clowns. as of rite now i just have the tank. i am planning on scrapping up some cash and getting a bunch of sand to use in this dsb contraption thing that my uncle claims is the best thing ever. ill be documenting everything with a bunch of pictures.
my first concern as of rite now is the silicon. in some of the pictures you will see that much of it is is peeled away and it isnt a nice clean looking seal. im not only concerned about the look though there is a small section that is missing. i kind of want to fix all of the seals but i really dont want to create a leak that wasnt there before. im going to be testing the tank in a bathtub. even if its leakproof then im worried that the use of a magfloat would just rip all of the silicone to shreads. there is also a small crack in the glass at the very top. i plan on patching it with silicone. the fake wooden trim hides it anyways. im not sure what the plan is for the trim because of the difference in color but i know that my dad has one.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:55 PM   #2
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figured id add in a few more things...
1st off, what ive got already and what im planning on picking up.
(-> = going to be upgraded to...)
2x aquaclear 802 PH's 400gph ea. -> 2x koralia #3's 850gph ea
1x secondnature whisper 3 filter -> 1x fluval 404 cannister
1x stress zyme (what is this)
1x light timer
1x dechlorit
1x algae scrubber -> +1 magfloat

so thats what i got, this is what im gettin...
live rock/base rock
a bunch of different sands for the fancy dsb thing
200g box instant ocean salt
visitherm heater (250watt?)
saltwater master liquid test kit
a digital thermometer
i plan on using my portable refractometer from my moms house(i say it like refract-O-meter, is it the refract-ometer?)

a few other random questions,
how many times a week should i feed my fish and what? (snowflake eel, fuzzy dwarf lion, maybe 2 ysm clowns, and a coral beauty)
how do u feel about resealing the tank?
will the crack affect anything if i patch it up?
could i also keep some sun polyps and some feather dusters? (are there any other appropriate non-photosynthetic stuff)

cuc:
some turbo snails (maybe 5)
some nassarius snails (maybe 15)
longspine urchin (1)
pincussion urchin (1)
cleaner shrimp (going to try to get a large shrimp and keep the 2 potential eaters together with window screening in qt) ((1))
brittle star? (1)
maybe an arrow crab (qt thing aswell) (a small-ish (1))
does that cover most of it?

hows it all sound?
Thankyou guys sososososososo much for all the help over the past months!
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:45 PM   #3
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quick note to any mods: i realized that this is the wrong section for this thread, can one of you please move this thread to the getting started section.
Thanks a bundle!
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thanks!
and another random question, is there any way to make a diy protein skimmer out of a hob filter? its double sided so id figure that if i made one that i'd make one on each side.
Thanks in advance for any answers!
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well we filled it 3/4 the way up and no leaks so far. the part with no silicon is holding up just fine! we r still going to fill in the gap but its not 100% nessecary. we havnt filled it up to the crack yet so we'll see what happens when we get there. we r still gunna patch that up no matter what aswell anyways.
still lookin for answers to all of the questions in my previous posts!
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overnight, there were no leaks! were going to fill it up the rest of the way today and see how the crack does.
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IF that crack is all the way at the top of the tank I think you should be ok. I would get a small piece of glass and cover the crack with it and lots of silicone! Kind of like a patch.

Having no leaks is only part of the battle won. How well is that silicone going to hold over the long haul? It may be a good idea to reseal the tank. Just a thought.
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thats what i was thinking cuz the way that it is now, a mag float which i plan on getting, would just rip it to shreads. i just dont want to make a leak that wasnt there before.
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just take your time on the reseal and you will be fine....I resealed my 150 and found 1 small leak.....then just had to reseal that 1 corner....so it was not to bad....if I had just taken more care and payed attention better....I would have had no leaks at all. So just like the rest on this hobby......take your time and have patience!!!! You will enjoy and be much better off!!!!
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