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Old 09-25-2012, 12:40 AM   #121
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Yay! Glad you didn't give up and the reef crystals are fine. IMO black is the most versatile, finished look that makes everything else really pop. Blue is also nice, but just my personal preference is more plain (like I wouldn't get a backround of rocks and corals, instead I'd get the real thing!) Post pics so we can see how it turns out
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:42 AM   #122
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Take pics at every stage, from placement to filling, adding rocks, pumps, etc. You'll be glad you did later.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:43 PM   #123
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Currently (finally!) filling the tank!!!
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:45 PM   #124
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Yeah ya are! Looking good. I like the black stand, good looking tank.
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:33 PM   #125
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Yay! Congrats! Love the black stand and background, it will definitely make everything pop. Now...for the long waiting while it cycles...
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A couple more questions. Should I bother to dechlorinate this water since it will be weeks before any livestock is added or will the chlorine naturally evaporate? Yes I'm using tap water. How much room should I leave empty in the tank to accommodate sand, rock and salt? Should I add all the salt at once and then just turn on the filters and power heads or should I add it little by little?
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Old 09-30-2012, 01:43 AM   #127
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A couple more questions. Should I bother to dechlorinate this water since it will be weeks before any livestock is added or will the chlorine naturally evaporate? Yes I'm using tap water. How much room should I leave empty in the tank to accommodate sand, rock and salt? Should I add all the salt at once and then just turn on the filters and power heads or should I add it little by little?
In order of importance: add all salt at once but try and get within your target salinity (1.023.-1.025) as bacteria for freshwater is different than saltwater and adding salt later would only prolong the cycle. I would declorinate just to speed up cycling by 3-4 days (length of time it takes chlorine to dissipate). I would add rock now....they help seed the tank with bacteria but need to be present during cycle to do it. Add rock then sand. Make sure sand is 1mm or smaller sand if you want gobies. Your doing great, it is tough in saltwater aquariums.
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Thanks for the info. For the salt question I meant should I dump 25 cups of salt all right now or spread it out over a few hours to help with the dissolving?
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Also what exactly are gobies and why does the sand size matter?
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Old 09-30-2012, 02:38 AM   #130
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gobies are a type of fish..and they sift sand by taking a gulp of sand and eating the debri/food/organisms that are in the sand and spit the sand out through its gills. Pretty cool IMO.
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