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Old 12-03-2008, 01:47 PM   #11
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Go ahead and get the LR and cycle your tank and cure the LR at the same time. Save time and money.
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Old 12-03-2008, 02:11 PM   #12
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Go ahead and get the LR and cycle your tank and cure the LR at the same time. Save time and money.
awesome.. Getting excited.. will clean the rest of the tank tonight.

Question about my Stand... It's one of those Iron ones with the Hollow middle.. So the tank is only supported on the edges all around. I assume the Bottom of the tank is strong enough to hold all this rock?

Dumb q's.. but I just want to be sure I do this right ...once
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:36 PM   #13
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How about my filter media

OK.. So.. Picked up my replacement collar this mornig and will fix the tank today. Skimmer scheduled to arrive on Mon. So.. I'm getting close. As mentioned.. My plan is to use LR as my primary BIO filtration. However, I figure that since I have the HOB Aquaclear 500 (now called 110), I should use it.

So.. If I use it, what should I fill it with in regards to media. I know there is no need for the old media I used when it was FW.

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Old 12-10-2008, 02:57 AM   #14
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Sorry to keep replying to myself.. But I've moved forward and want to post progress as well as ask my next question:

My Skimmer arrived on Monday and today I ordered 50lbs of Pohnpei LR from Underwateroutlet.com
Tonight I filled my 45gal with FW to perform a leak test as I had to do some minor repairs.
I also put a 10gal tank I had in the garage on the bottom shelf of my stand. Obviously, I'm thinking a sump might be smart. I wouldn't mind moving my Remora Pro Skimmer down below along with the heater, LR rubble and anything else I can.

I've got 2 Aquaclear HOB filters from my freshwater days and was thinking one of those might work to get my water from the display tank to the sump. I could add a bulkhead to the bottom of the filter where the media would normally go and connect the hose or pvc to it. The filter would pump the water from the main tank into the filter resevour(sp) and it would drain down into the sump via the bulkhead. If the flow from the filter to the resevour was too fast, the xtra water would just return to the tank via the normal filter return. Obviously, I'd need to purchase a pump to get the water from the sump back to the tank.

Any thoughts on this..?? I think I read somewhere that it'd a bad idea to use Pumps in both directions. I just don't recall why that is.

Here's a pic of where I'm at with this project:
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Looks pretty good. Really like the set up. Why dont you try a HOB overflow with a hose to the sump.
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Old 12-10-2008, 09:01 AM   #16
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Looks pretty good. Really like the set up. Why dont you try a HOB overflow with a hose to the sump.
Thanks.. For the overflow, I figured a DIY project for $5 instead of having to pay for the overflow. I looked around and they run around $100 and I still need to buy substrate, a pump, new lighting, etc etc etc
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RE: overflow

I used to try to make overflows. Overflows are usually tend to fail (do to air in tube) and be noisy I switched to drilling the tank and putting a bulkhead on. I was afraid at first but have not had a bad drill. Go slow and stay away from the edge 3/4 of an inch or so. I got my bits on ebay fairly cheap and also the bulkheads the key is to make an initial drill through a thin piece of plywood and hold the piece plywood on the glass to keep the drill in one place and then use a little water when drilling on the glass and go slow on the pressure
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UPDATE:

Added 80lbs of Rinsed Fiji Pink Aragonite. Then filled the tank again with FreshWater. I rinsed the sand but the tank is still extremely cloudy.

As my LR has not shipped yet from Underwateroutlets, my plan is to drain the tank today again then refill it with SW.

I bought the large pail of SaltMix.

AS this Tank really has nothing in it except the Sand now, is it OK if I just fill the tank to the top with FW THEN start adding my SaltMix?

And, Will running my skimmer have any benifit to Tank clarity before the LR is intrduced?

Lastly, do you recommend and additives to "condition" the water? FYI.. My watyer is VERY Nuetral. I know this because my other expensive hobby is Brewing Beer where water conditions also play a big role. I do NOT have a RO setup yet.. But will get one eventually as it will be useful in Both Hobbies.
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sorry im alittle late also welcome to AA i also am a newbie to saltwater i dont know how long ago you ordered your LR but you should check out this site www.rockquatics.com also try www.marinedepot.com for some other usefl things you might need www.defostersmith.com will help you also. Good luck with you tank looking forward to pictures
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