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Old 10-18-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
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My first 55G FOWLR BUILD

Hey WEll its finally kicking off. I've mixed the salt...I actually added way to much so my salinity was about 1.027 however I've got it back down to 1.23 (good Right) So I have not researched what i'm going to stock as i figured i'd have plenty of time as i do an cycle. To set up I used tap but dont worry once its up and going i'll do weekly PWC with RODI water from my LFS. How is .59 per gallon FW and 1.00 for SW.not bad.i think..

anyway lets start off saying i spent about 200 bucks I have about 35 lbs of lr //60 lbs or aragonitemax // and 13 lbs of base (dry rock). Is that Good or bad??

What filtration that i'm running today is a AquaClear 70 HOB that was switched from my FW. I'm planning on going with a canister but just taking my time. I also have 1 powerhead running but have two i'm replacing parts to put them in there.. I wasnt going to go with a protein skimmer but have a guy willing to sell me one for 40 bucks...he said its a 175$ p.s. but i forgot the name...

Well..I'll show u pics from Friday to Today..... FYI i was worried about losing sand since it was so fine..the bag said that its not absolutely mandatory to rinse..But i disagree after i didnt..i have a milk tank....but heres so shots.... follow along...we'll journey from FOWLR TO REEf (MAYBE) as I want some ANEMOME>>or as i call it (FLOWY stuff) But not sure what lights i can get...dont want any hard corals. just the anenome
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:09 PM   #2
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Everything sounds great so far. For filtration, LR and a skimmer is all you need.
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:21 PM   #3
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First of Four..Sorry i have to do it this way.

So the first photos are of the Dry rock and first batch of Live rock..The LFS told me this was like top of the line LIVE ROCK...had lots of colors you'll tell me.
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and some more

again this is more pics of my first batch and them sitting in the tank...no substrate when i got first batch...four pieces lr and 3 pieces of dry all for 130$? but was told the quality was out this world...the Third pic is of my second batch sorry it wasnt as good but a lot cheaper
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:35 PM   #5
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this is cheaper liverock

ok i got these pieces for 4 bucks a lb plus i had a 20% off coupon with that LFS plus i had a store credit for a dead cichlid...i paid 55 bucks for 18lbs. its not as good as the first batch but def worth it at just a fraction over what i paid for the dry base at 2.99 lb paid 40 bucks for dry rock..I wish i could take it back..lol..but they were gorgeous pieces
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:39 PM   #6
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Never believe the BAg

yea i rinsed 30lbs but was afraid my method i was losing a lot so i just poured the 2nd thirty into the tank...to my fault it got milky....the bag said it was ok...it was pre-rinsed and stuff but it wasnt...it was bad...lol...hopefully it'll get together
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don't worry the sand will settle out.

All I run is a HOB filter and live rock. not much of a bioload though.
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ok good i ws worried i was going to have to get new water....whats next guys...??? i'm set for a while my lfs saidi the the Liverock will cycle my tank and that i dont need to do a cheap damsel or raw shrimp.he said with as much live rock i got i should be ok....my tap ph is 8.1 thats super hard water i know my skin hates it too....lol..do you think my master fw kit will be ok for my saltwater too.?? i forgot to add i'm using a hydrometer and i love the results after i tested the salinity i took the sample to the lfs and their refractometer read the exact same......i may buy pure ammonia though...i'm not in any rush to cycle..let it take its course....lol...i need time to figure out what light i want to host anenome
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yea i rinsed 30lbs but was afraid my method i was losing a lot so i just poured the 2nd thirty into the tank...to my fault it got milky....the bag said it was ok...it was pre-rinsed and stuff but it wasnt...it was bad...lol...hopefully it'll get together
Heh I learned the same thing. "No rinsing required!" yea right...
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would this light be enough to allow me to keep anenome and mushrooms? Aquarium Lighting for Freshwater and Reef Systems: Nova Extreme Compact SLR T-5 Fixtures
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