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Old 05-31-2009, 09:23 AM   #11
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I imagine it will be OK to do the initial set up with tap water but dont use it after that. You might see a bit more diatoms during your cycle due to the silicates in tap water. Here is a good article on tap.

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Will probably do just RO/Distilled. But if I had to do any tap at all, will probably use more RO and less tap. But will see. Was also thinking of getting one of those food grade plastic rain water barrels, 30G, and use it for mixing the water and salt for water changes. That way I always have a good amount on hand.

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Another quick question, where is the best locations for the powerheads in a 55G? Would it be on the back on each end of the tank, pointed up and towards the front center? Or would it be on the sides of the tank? Is a 2 PH system ok, or would 3 or 4 be better? I want really good flow, with some of the currents colliding with each other causing some disturbance, as well as good flow at the surface for good gas exchange. Was thinking of having most of the live rock on both sides of the tank, and not so much in the center where the tank support goes across the top of the tank, blocking some of the light. Or maybe build up the rock on both ends of the tank and have a sandy playground in the center with a couple well-placed rocks in the sand. Any ideas?

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Also, would 2 850GPH Koralia 3's be enough, or should I go with the 1200GPH Koralia 4's? Debating if I even want to use a canister filter, as I've done some reading and several places say it's not really required. May use it with LR rubble though. Not sure.
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Being that surface aggitation is the way that you aerate your tank I would have at least one pointing upward to the surface
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:51 PM   #15
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A lot of people will go out and buy one of those trash cans and get the wheel base for it. You can use that to mix and then roll it out to the tank for changes.

I like putting my power heads on the back glass somewhere out of the way. I try to hide them as much as possible. You can also bounce the flow off the glass to break up the flow and get more disrupted flow
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I 2nd pat's statement, get something with wheels.....30 Gallons of SW is pretty heavy...
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I've tried looking for the wheels and can't find any on ebay. Not sure what they are called.
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I just got a Brute trash can and bought the wheels (32G) at either Lowes or HD, not sure what you have across the border....
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The one I got, I had to buy the wheels seperately. As for the phs, I have them (2 in my 55) on the back glass pointing slightly up and toward the corners. I also have a filter output in the middle.
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