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Old 08-26-2010, 10:40 AM   #11
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Is that last picture an actual coral? Do those green strands retract if you poke it? It looks like just turf algae growing on an old skeleton to me.

Looks like you need more flow across the back glass, looks funky.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:50 AM   #12
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Is that last picture an actual coral? Do those green strands retract if you poke it? It looks like just turf algae growing on an old skeleton to me.

Looks like you need more flow across the back glass, looks funky.
No, the last pic is just a piece of rock with some algae growing on it....I wasn't too sure if it was hair algae or not, so I posted it to see if someone knew.

My PH on the right side keepys falling off so I don't know if I have to get a new one or if they sell new suction cups for those Korilia pumps.

Pic. #9 is a xenia of some sort.....which I put in the middle, on the sand bed (it's attached to a piece of LR). Is that a good palce for it? I had it where the flow was mid-high and it always seemed pale and stressed....now that it's in the middle, it seems to be doing better....I hope.
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I've been thinking of getting some red/blue legged crabs......are they ok for a reef tank? I've only had them in my FOWLR tank.
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IME reds are not, blues are. My reds chewed on my xenia and softies.
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Old 08-31-2010, 09:59 AM   #15
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Thanks Jim....I'm still a little undecided at the moment.

My wife and I bought a pair of mated clowns a couple of nights ago. They are a mature pair of gold stripe maroon clowns. The female is a biggie! They both have beautiful markings and coloration and get along SO well. Right now she's trying to host my field of Zoa's, which is funny to see....LOL I'll snap a few pics when I get a moment.

I also just scored a 55g tank for $20! it's in great shape and I will be using this to design my sump. I've got a few ideas in mind but I will scan them and post them up before deciding anything.
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Good idea, check out melevsreef.com for tons of information on sumps.
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Here's a design I used for my last 55g sump (for my 155g tank) and I loved it, but there was 1 issue; I made the skimmer zone too small, so it could only house the skimmer pump (not the UV pump or phosban reactor pump). Plus the waterflow from the skimmer zone to the refugium was too fast, so all the sand and macro algae was spinning in circles.

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If I could find a way to utilize the space better (limited because it's a 55g tall tank), and reduce the flow so that I could actually use the refugium zone, I think this would work.
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Check out a design that you can split your return to refugium and skimmer compartment separately. That way you can control just how much goes into your refugium. Idaho Tank on this forum just made one that looks great. I think it was one of Marc's designs.
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Yep, I copied one of his sump designs and love it. The only complaint I have is that I have a large flow going through my bubble trap and I do get micro bubbles to pass through the trap.



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Yep, I copied one of his sump designs and love it. The only complaint I have is that I have a large flow going through my bubble trap and I do get micro bubbles to pass through the trap.
Is this because the bubble trap is to narrow or to wide?
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