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Old 11-16-2013, 06:11 PM   #321
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You can reuse the sponge but you may get a cycle next time drop the filter in your sump it will be seeded for the next use
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:41 PM   #322
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Then do I just wait for cycle in the QT to complete before I buy/add fish? And just to be sure... If I used cupramine I shouldn't put that sponge in my sump.... I should put a new one in there.... Correct?
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:05 PM   #323
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Correct. never cross contaminate
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:11 PM   #324
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75 gal might be too small

with tanks the bigger tanks the larger range of error you are given. so a 75 gal tank is going to have a smaller rage of error than a 90 gal tank. 75-90 are the same long but the 90 is a little taller. 90 gals are always best for new to the hobby but can cost more. I aso would suggest getting a drilled tank so that you can run plumbing underneath. if you can run a sump of 30 gal under the 90 gal tank and from there reuse the live rock you dont need to buy more to reseed but it cuts the time in half if you do i seeded my LR in a garbage can and threw some clowns in there when the pramiters were right and then started to reseal the tank and once everything was all done used the water that i seede the LR in to cycle the tank and in 1 week all pramiters were perfect good luck brother man
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:50 PM   #325
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Another question: where in the sump do I put the sponge to seed it? Bio ball side or the side with the skimmer and return?
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:15 PM   #326
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depends on what kind of reef you want to set up i wouldnt recomend bio balls trickle down system i would suggest a 3 stage sump refugum because its more effective
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:47 PM   #327
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Thanks jeh. I've been up and running since June and I have already figured out that I want to replace the bio ball system with a refugium. I started with the 75 because it was free from my sis in-law. Lord knows I've already spent enough $ on other stuff.... Glad to save when I could!
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:58 AM   #328
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ya like you said you can go to pet co and grab a 90 gal or craigslist you can find a nice cheap on. theres nothing wrong with a 75gal but its just alot harder for a first take setup. like other people said you can clean the take from the coraline alge by soaking it in vinagar what was cool that i found on my own when i was resealing th 90 gal take was i need the hard alge gone right away and i soked the spot i was working on over night and in the morning it was floating around. vinagar is good for calcium based alge and or anything that is in the tank that is calcium based. you would stick the sump under the main take or you can do some crazy plumbing and stick it somewhere els
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:11 AM   #329
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Ha! For my next one I will skip the 90 and go to a 6 foot tank. There are too many fish that I like who need a larger system! I'm already on the lookout for one
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:51 AM   #330
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Lets talk electricity and power! I've definitely seen my electric bill go up! How much do all of those pumps pull? I think we decided that I have a mag 18 on my return. My skimmer has a 780gph pump on it (quiet1one model 3000). 2 powerheads: the koralia 4 and cheap little aqueon 1250 i just added ladt weekend. Then of course there are the lights. They seem to pull a lot of power. Ive got a coralife hood with 2 10,000 white lights and 2 blue 48 actinic, all 48 inchers. . Right now, I've got everything hooked up with extension cords and power strips. Because there wasn't an outlet close enough to the tank. I've got an electrician friend coming over to install some extra outlets and put them on their own breaker. How many watts/ amps etc do I need to plan for?
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