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Old 09-15-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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My new (somewhat new) 90 gal reef tank

So I bought a 90 gal tank off craigslist about a month ago and have finally finished the cycling. WOOHOO! the tank came with 100lbs of live rock, 3 powerheads, live sand, 35-40 gallon sump/refugium, 2 light systems, bioballs, etc. And the tank is predrilled with two holes and the top back of the tank. So far I have added a damsel- but have decided to take it back to the store in another few weeks. The tank now has 1 emerald crab, 12 banded snails, 3 nassarius snails, 2 peppermint shrimp ( to kill off my lovely aptasia), 1 sand sifting starfish, a lovely hitchhiker of a bristle worm, 1 flower pot, 1 leather cabbage and 1 hawiian feather duster. I have slowly been adding things as time goes.

Before I go retail therapy happy and add much more, I am planning on, in two weeks, buying LED lights for the tank, a better power head, and a protien skimmer.

So now I am at this point- is there anything I'm missing? I know I haven't listed what everything is on my tank as far as equipment goes- but that's because I really can't tell. Some of it is covered in growth, some just has no information.

My water levels are good. I check them at home, and take samples in to the store every two weeks as well (just in case... And not pet co or whatever large retailer. I'm a form believer in mom pop shops). I will try to post pics later tonight. There is just so much information on the web that my mind is spinning!!!
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Ok. Took some pics. Sorry. But two of the corals were closed cause the lights have been off so it's not much to look at.



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This is a general look at the tank.



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Rock layout. Still some reminence of the diatom bloom. But the snails are doing an awsomr job cleaning up!



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Back plumbing. All PVC pipe that leads to the refugium.



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That guy was awsome to help out with the green algae!



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My little slow pokes. Lol

That's pretty much it for now. Please help me. I would really like to know if I'm on the right track!
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:22 PM   #3
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looks great! Being someone who bought a used aquarium, like what you got, it looks like you got a good tank. You could always add some more inverts to help the algae growth.
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Looks good! I love my emerald crabs even when they arent eating algae, they do a little dance on the front of my glass. LOL
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Very nice aquarium! I like the emerald crab!
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Yeah. I paid 225$ for everything. I couldn't pass it up. Especially since I was about to give up when I started adding up new costs. Lol. My two year old son picked out the emerald. He stands in front of my tank at night and tells everything "nite nite". It's cute. Since I got this tank, my husband has been all over craigslist trying to out do me and find a 200+ tank to make a FOWLR. He want rays and eels and sharks. I just told him good luck.

What other inverts should I add? I didn't want to over do it at first. I had some green algae and my emerald got all of it in under 24 hours. So I've been tube feeding him. My daughter loves it because he always try's to steal the tube. My peppermint shrimp killed all the aptasia in a week and have been coming out of hiding only at feeding time ( also fun to watch). I'm waiting on a delivery of Mexican turbos at the end of the week and then i was thinking of picking up about 5-10 to start. I was also wondering- is it too soon to add another type of starfish? What about an urchin?
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Instead of a starfish what about another type of shrimp? Like a fire red or a cleaner or two? they are fascinating to watch as well.
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That's an idea. Didn't think of that because the shrimp always play hide and seek. I have a lot of caves in my rock layout and I've learned to love their little antennas (cause thats all I pretty much ever see of them). That's why I was leaning towards a serpent starfish. I love how they move around. It's wicked. Lmao. What do you think about getting an urchin?

Sorry about all the questions. I'm used to FW and know all about those, but SW is uncharted territory.
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A serpent would be good they are pretty neat especially if you spot feed them. I have one in my tank. I would steer clear of the regualr sand sifting starfish and others like them, they need an established tank to thrive.
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Hmmm. The guy at the store reccomended the sand sifting starfish so I picked him up today. Now I'm wondering. Lol. Smh. I'll try to keep an eye on the little guy for a few days. He's cleaned up quite a bit so far. Does the serpent stay pretty visible? Or is he a hider? The ones at the store are always out an about- but not sure if that is cause people wanna see them.
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