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Old 02-27-2013, 01:35 PM   #11
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Because you've got a tall tank I'd go with 3 pinnacle's. Build up a bit taller around the sides to mask your equipment and put a medium one in the middle and have some lower rubble spilling out toward the front. Almost like a W with smaller reef in the front of the tank. It would be easier to show you a picture but it's in my head right now... Do what you think will look cool, I scuba dive so I've got eccentric ideas and can't wait to get the hang of doing SW and move to a larger tank. I've got a pretty small tank but here's a link to my build page I was told to keep open pockets on the bottom of the tank to allow for flow and help to prevent certain bacteria from growing. I tried to put in some swim throughs for the fish and have some over hang. I've got a total of 5 pieces = 15 lbs. I'm not saying my way is best it's just what I like. As Mr.Myagi said, "Close eye, see picture. Open eye, make like picture." I love the classics... Have fun!

That sounds like a good starting point. I will attempt and see how it goes. I'm thinking a curved "W" might be cool. I was also thing of some live plants but that is still up in the air at this point. I believe I have 32lbs of live rock and 60lbs of live sand. Still have another 57lbs of rock to go. Seems like a lot till you start putting it in place. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:47 PM   #12
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What types of plants? 57 lbs of rock gets you to 90 lbs total. You don't have to be at 90, I think that's the maximum, but I'm new here to the SW world as well. 60 lbs of sand 1.25 inch sandbed? Those rocks in the pic must be bigger than they look cause they don't look like 32 lbs of rock. I'm lookin forward to seeing your tank move along. Keep the pics coming.
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I didn't think it looked like 32lbs either but the one big one is really heavy. I'd like some that's more porous to finish off. I have no clue what type of plants yet. I know I want a clown and a blue tang but I haven't researched the plants yet. An anemone or two would be nice but I don't know. It's still up in the air.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:17 PM   #14
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I didn't think it looked like 32lbs either but the one big one is really heavy. I'd like some that's more porous to finish off. I have no clue what type of plants yet. I know I want a clown and a blue tang but I haven't researched the plants yet. An anemone or two would be nice but I don't know. It's still up in the air.
Here's a place that looks reasonable on the plants, I may look into this but will do some more research first as I'm not sure if I've got enough sand bed. Check this out!
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My sand bed is about 2.5 to. 3 inches. My 45 is aprox 36x13x23. I would think I have plenty of sand bed. Some of those plants look promising.
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Now I've got to post pictures of my rock to get help in determining what is growing on them. I had a crab if it survived. I haven't seen it since I put it in the aquarium. I also have a worm or sea cucumber maybe and 3 sponges. I'm just guessing on the sponges.
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What is on my rock?
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I'm not sure but you should put in a bucket and send it to me!
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The four pics look like Aptasia. If your not getting corals, might be ok. But if it gets really big it can sting fish too. The pic of the black one with spikes looks like a sea urchin, those are pretty cool and shouldn't hurt anything. Anyone with a reef would say kill the aptasia ASAP. Depends on your plans.
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The four pics look like Aptasia. If your not getting corals, might be ok. But if it gets really big it can sting fish too. The pic of the black one with spikes looks like a sea urchin, those are pretty cool and shouldn't hurt anything. Anyone with a reef would say kill the aptasia ASAP. Depends on your plans.
I don't plan on doing a reef but I'll research it. I have noticed that it retracts onto the rock at night and comes back out when the lights are turned back on. The black thing with spikes relocated itself over night so I too think its a sea urchin. How do you kill it of that's what I want to do?
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