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Old 07-22-2013, 04:58 PM   #151
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Lets talk temperature!

My tank is staying around 82 degrees. I took the heater out of the sump last night and it hasn't really cooled off. The new super-bright lights are probably adding some heat too. I took the glass covers off the top to see if that will help. I only had 3/4 of the top covered though.

Is 82 degrees gonna be ok for fish, inverts and eventually corals?
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:22 PM   #152
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Mine hits 82 in the peak of summer. If you have a sump that's hidden get a cheap clip on fan and put it under there to draw some heat out. I have mine mounted inside my canopy to draw out heat
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:29 PM   #153
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82 wont hurt it's a bit high IMO but what we aim for is stability. get rid of the glass tops they do more harm than good better to use a mesh top it helps with the temp and gas exchange.
Put the heater back in your sump you dont want the temp to drop a swing of 2-3 degrees can cause problems Try to keep things stable.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:30 PM   #154
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Toss a pinch of fish food in there it will break down and add a food source for the bacti I like to have my CUC in place 1st, add fish slowly one or two then give the tank 2-3 weeks to adjust. If your adding clowns do both at the same time
LOL. I just realized he was talking about CUC "Clean Up Crew". I thought he was talking about a sea cucumber at first. My bad lol. Yes Clean up crew first. Big fan of Nassarius snails.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:47 PM   #155
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i absolutely LOVE nassarius snails! I had like 30 in my biocube when I first had it set up. I love how they emerge from the sand as soon as you feed the tank, so cool to watch. But since they dont eat algae you have to actually feed them.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:12 AM   #156
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So I have 2 heaters. A 100 watt and a 300 watt. The sump is awfully crowded with the skimmer it's pump and the return pump. I had the smaller heater in there because the water level isn't deep enough for the larger one. If I lay it over I was worried about the water getting to the top section where the dial is. Also trying to keep the heater from coming into contact with any of the other equipment in the sump. The large heater has an actual temp gauge. The smaller just has + or - I guess you just adjust it until the temp gets where you like it to be. If I use the larger one. Does the entire glass part need to be submersed? Or just the section with the heating elements are visible? Is it ok if the heater touches anything like the sponge covering the end of the return pump? Finally, what should I set the temp to?
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I think you'll be ok with the smaller heater,most need the glass tube submerged in order to work right they go get warm so it's better to not have it touching anything. A good temp is 78-80 degrees
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So I have 2 heaters. A 100 watt and a 300 watt. The sump is awfully crowded with the skimmer it's pump and the return pump. I had the smaller heater in there because the water level isn't deep enough for the larger one. If I lay it over I was worried about the water getting to the top section where the dial is. Also trying to keep the heater from coming into contact with any of the other equipment in the sump. The large heater has an actual temp gauge. The smaller just has + or - I guess you just adjust it until the temp gets where you like it to be. If I use the larger one. Does the entire glass part need to be submersed? Or just the section with the heating elements are visible? Is it ok if the heater touches anything like the sponge covering the end of the return pump? Finally, what should I set the temp to?
I have those exact same heaters also!
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:11 PM   #159
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Do clowns always need to be purchased in pairs?
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:28 PM   #160
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I couldn't help myself! I took the trip to Houston to the semi-local fish store all prepared to buy 2 black and white clowns. When I got there they were all in separate tanks so I only bought one. All of the posts I read people always talk about having 2. Now I'm second guessing myself and wondering if I should run down to the local Petco and get another clown ( or two?). They don't have black and white but they do have black n white saddlebacks and the "regular" orange and white clowns.

I also got a teeny- tiny yellow watchman goby, already named Paul Blart , 2 turbo snails and a cleaner shrimp.

They are all acclimating right now. Do I need to make a run to town for another clown?

Not exactly sure what to do here! Help!
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