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Old 06-03-2014, 07:38 AM   #1
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New 30 gallon reef build!

Ok I did some trading! I picked up a 36" 30 gallon tank with a 20 gallon sump. Came with a stand and hood, 2 core life 10k light fixture, mag 7 return pump. I also put a tunze 6025 in it for more flow. When I get it plumbed and sand and water he is giving me 40 pounds of established lr. I plan on up grading the lights and getting a skimmer down the road. So far I have no money invested!!!!Click image for larger version

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Old 06-03-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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New 30 gallon reef build!

Question is do I have enough flow? I also have a mairnland mj1200 powerhead. Also will 20 pounds of sand do the trick? O this is my first SW tank.
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Question is do I have enough flow? I also have a mairnland mj1200 powerhead. Also will 20 pounds of sand do the trick? O this is my first SW tank.
That depends on what you want to do with the tank. One powerhead isn't going to be enough for a tank for coral, but might be ok for a FOWLR setup.
In terms of sand and rock, you want to aim for 1 lbs per gallon with both sand and rock.
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Ok I can add another power head. What should I get? I can get more sand. Just don't want a deep sand bed.
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It doesn't go as far as you think. I have 60 lbs of sand in my 55 gallon reef and sometimes wish it was thicker.

The brand of powerheads is up to you, really. I used korallia's before I picked up my Vortechs. The Vortechs are high priced, but Korallia are good quality for the money.
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Ok I will get 30 pounds of sand. Mix of blk and white sand.
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Ok I will get 30 pounds of sand. Mix of blk and white sand.
If you want corals make sure it is non metallic reef safe black sand.
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Going to use carb sea black live sand
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If you want corals make sure it is non metallic reef safe black sand.

All that black sand is metallic, doesn't harm any of the livestock but DO NOT use a mag cleaner on it, especially acrylic, it'll scratch it all up
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