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Old 03-15-2013, 12:32 PM   #11
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Yea no mechanical. Here's my plan so far.

1- gonna spend this weekend possibly next weekend cleaning the tank, it has some hard water stains on it. And the lid is in horrible condition in my opinion.

2- find a backing that I want and place it on.

3-move 20g and place the 55g where it's at.

4- add about a inch of sand substrate. I don't like bare bottom.

5- start my trips to the ocean which I figure will be 4 or 5 including water change on my 20g

6- get the skimmer and add it

7- base rock add

8- live rock add. Or maybe a combo of 7 and 8 together over a couple weeks probably

9- let it run for a few weeks (test water weekly at petco)

10- cleaner package.

11- maybe try some corals out. (No experience with these at all so more research needed)

12- after about a month add some damsels then onto looking for more fish I want.

Now I've read about adding a dead shrimp to kick start that might do that after live rock is added

Suggestions?
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #12
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Not too bad a plan, I would add all the rock at once though. If you add live rock over a few weeks it may throw the cycle out a bit because there will be die off from the rock.
Make sure your clean up crew is small to start, they won't have much to clean without fish!
You got some powerheads right? Get them on the before adding corals/fish. I can't remember what you said your lighting was but check that out before purchasing corals for sure to make sure you have the right light to support them.
I wouldn't get damsels ever, but that's just me!
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #13
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Oh yea power heads forgot about those. 55G tank what's a good number to have 2,3or 4?
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:18 PM   #14
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I only have 2 on mine, up to you...
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:44 PM   #15
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Can you post a pic of them?
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:17 PM   #16
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Sorry I can't! I am away on tour currently. I have one tunze 6025 and one 6045 on either end of the tank roughly facing each other. Kind of creates a whirlpool which I like.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:04 PM   #18
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So doing more reading today and research. What would be the min amount of live rock I could use in conjunction with base rock and not use a mechanical filter?
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You could tank 3 Pounds of live rock and use it to seed 50 pounds of dry. I Used more dry then live and my dry is a grayish/brown color after 4 months of being in the tank.
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:45 AM   #20
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Change of plans some what. In my endeavours this weekend I somehow ended up with 3 55 gallon tanks lol. One of which came with a sump. So gonna run a sump now. Two of the tanks I'm gonna sell. A need a return pump for the sump though. Suggestions
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