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Old 07-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #121
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Dead space view from front. You can see I've got rock going around into the space. Will anything ever use the space? Will fish go back into the cubbies or should I open it back up?
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:45 PM   #122
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I can't find a local store w RODI water. It is 100 miles to the nearest
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #123
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Dead space view from front. You can see I've got rock going around into the space. Will anything ever use the space? Will fish go back into the cubbies or should I open it back up?
Ok i see it now i would leave it most people hide it with rock the way you did over time it will get covered with coraline algae and will blend in

Hermits are good they are part of your CUC, Clean Up Crew they will eat any left over food/dead stuff just be sure to put some extra shells in there or they'll kill your snails for there's
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Old 07-13-2013, 06:12 PM   #124
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Dead space view from front. You can see I've got rock going around into the space. Will anything ever use the space? Will fish go back into the cubbies or should I open it back up?
Tank looks just like mine!
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:32 PM   #125
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Your biggest concern should be your choice of a filtration system.
Research "wet/dry filter systems" before you start. Otherwise your in for a lot of work and continuous water changes.
Until you get your filter system going everything else is a waste of time.




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I have always wanted a saltwater tank and now I have one...sitting in a lot of parts in my garage. I'm looking at all of your posts, articles, stickies, etc and I am completely lost

I'm not in a rush to get this done. Indeed, I know there are several things I need to do before I even consider sand, rock, cycling and fish.

A little history on where my tank from: My sister-in-law kept this tank for 10+ years. It was her first. I watched her grow and develop it over time..even move it from one house to another. (she may have even got a new tank during that move...not sure, but the rocks/coral/fish all transferred) They made another major move and this time the tank didn't go with. They transferred it to a friend who gave it a go and didn't have any luck. Everything died and she pulled the plug on the project.

Now it is in my garage and I want to do this right! This is where I need your help.

I have a 75 gallon tank and that's about all I know on the equipment. I was there when we took it apart and took some photos so I would remember how to put it back together, but the equipment is foreign to me. There is a huge custom built cabinet/stand and all of the pump stuff sits inside. I'm pretty sure there are bioballs and water sits in a chamber underneath..thats where you add the salt and keep the heater then it pumps back up into the aquarium.

Can you tell I am new at this?!

Q1: We took out all the live rock-the corals were dead- and it is wrapped up in towels in 3 laundry baskets. Can I clean this and re-use somehow or do I need to toss it and buy new? If re-usable..how do I clean it?

Q2: We tossed all of the sand--definitely starting over with that. Any tips on what to buy?

Q3: How do I clean the tank itself before I set it up? What works and what is a no-no?

Q4: is 75 gallons a good size to start with? At this point would there be any reason to consider something larger? (the stand could definitely handle it) I saw several comments on the petco $1 gallon sale...maybe I should take advantage of it.

I think that's a fair start with the questions. Step one for me is to take the plunge and gain enough knowledge to move it out of the garage!
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:10 AM   #126
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Holy sunbeams, Batman! I changed out the white light bulbs today. I am shocked! I put in 10,000k high intensity T5 HO bulbs. Amazing! Makes me think I probably need to change the blue ones too.

While we are talking lighting...... How long should each type of light stay on each day? How long do they need to be off?

My fixture also has 4 blue spotlights. Are they just for show or do they provide a necessary function?
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I run the blue lights for 9 hrs and the white for 8 The blue spot lights are moon lights there just for show it allows you to view the tank at night after lights out
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:40 AM   #128
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I run the blue lights for 9 hrs and the white for 8 The blue spot lights are moon lights there just for show it allows you to view the tank at night after lights out
Run them both at the same time? Or one then the other?

BTW I changed out the blues today. I had no idea how bad the old ones were!
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Yes i run both at the same time I like the color and more light dont hurt as i have a lot of coral.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:49 PM   #130
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Question of the day: What is the best rock arrangement for corals? Do I need to create a lot of flat/horizontal space? How close to the surface should my tallest rock be?

My rock got rearranged when I did my water change. I made sure the base was solidly down on the bottom of the tank.

Is it harmful for me to be reaching in there and rearranging things?
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