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Old 08-14-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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Newly Built 29 Gallon Tank Up And Ready

Hey Everyone!

Hope everyone's weekend was great! So I just got finished setting up a 29 gallon tank that was a gift to my husband for his birthday this past Friday and I have pictures! (Lots of pictures really so be prepared!) Well, I finished and he is sitting in front of it obsessing.

So Friday I had the tank/equipment/stand all wrapped. 5 rolls of birthday paper from Wal-Mart and 2 hours later we have a gift! You can see our puppy (Aryana) even sniffing it. She had to follow me everywhere these past few days to see what exactly was going on (so cute)! I'll post lots of pictures below with the process of the tank.

Today we went to our LFS (Tax Free Weekend!) and bought a lot of stuff! We bought a Remora skimmer that hangs on the back and comes with a maxi-jet 1200 pump, about 45 pounds of live rock (10 lbs base and 35 cured live rock), 3 x bags of fiji pink sand, glass cover for the tank, and 30 gallons of ro/di water. Oh! Our buckets from Home Depot were an investment of their own as well (we even made a joke about how they need a home themselves they are so $$ these days)! At first the LFS owner tried to sell us a Red Sea skimmer (which we bought) and it totally sucked to be honest so we returned it for the Remora. The Prizm was super strange to set up, cheaply made, $$ and not worth it. BUT we did get a nice surprise when we set up the tank with that cured rock!!! We have a nice little visitor! He came crawling out of a hole very fast and has now been settled comfortably in a little nook on the rock. I really hope he wont die during this cycling period, as I had no way of knowing he was in there. Any ideas if he will live? (Posted a pic of him down below!)

I do have a few questions as always though! Any answers would be great seeing how I didn't really get a straight answer at the LFS.

1. How can you tell if there is a good flow in the tank?
-I put in two maxi-jet 400 power heads and am not sure really how to position them, any advice on position and telling how the flow is will be great.

2. There are three ways to set up the maxi-jet 400. If anyone has any ideas which way is better for the flow of the tank that would be great!

3. In one of the rocks there was this white almost worm looking thing (pic of it below) in one of the holes on the rock. Any ideas? It's probably nothing but I'm totally new to this and it looks strange!

Thanks Guys! I'll put up more pics later one, hopefully with fish! (I saw these True Percula Pair "onyx" clown fish and I soooo want them! (Any ideas on if that is a good choice?)
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Old 08-15-2011, 12:01 AM   #2
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Okay, so I guess you can only attach 4 pics at a time so here are some more!
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:18 AM   #3
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I'll try to help best I can. I like quick responses. My assumption is the you are going to be doing a fish only with live rock (FOWLR) tank and not a reef? As far as flow in a FOWLR the sky is the limit - a good rule of thumb for a Reef is 30x / hr. That being said 30 gallons x 30 = 900 GPH, so between your PH's and you return you are in reall good shape.

The way to position the PH's are facing towards each other pointed slightly up enough to agitate the water on top of tank without splashing.

You will most likely have more questions, so you should mention what type of lighting you will be using.

The Clown family are usually all very hardy fish, if I'm not mistaken, and a pair should do well, once the tank is fully cycled. Usually with clowns people think about hosting an anemone. An anemone, especially the types that clown's host, typically need very stabile conditions in a tank running 1+ years. Just a heads up.

Looks good - good luck and keep the pics coming!
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Opps, my mistake. I totally forgot like a dope to write what we were planning! I want to start with some fish (the true Percula Onyx Clowns) and eventually make it coral as well. I've been looking at these lights (posted in the link below). They were recommended by my LFS so any thoughts on them would be great.


AquaticLife T5 HO 4-Lamp Light Fixtures w/ Lunar LEDs

Thanks for the answer about the power heads. Right now I had them facing a bit downward because I saw them that way in a few tanks.
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(I posted last night but it didn't show up so it may show up again ( ))


Opps, like a total dope, I forgot to mention what I had in mind for the tank. After cycling I hope to put in the two true percula "onyx" clown fish and some bottom dwellers. Along the way I really want to add coral. The lights that I was recommended by the LFS and did some looking at is the
AquaticLife T5 HO Light Fixture W/ 4 Lunar LEDs. I found them on Marine Depot for around $370. Any ideas on the lights would be great. Thanks!

Thanks for the answer on the power heads, I went and changed them last night. I set them up the same way I saw them in a tank at the lfs so I figured I would try a bit downwards.
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That's the same lights I have. I love them as they are very easy to use, plug-and-play, and programmable for each set of lights.

The light cycles are up to you but I have mine set-up for:
Actinics on at 9:00a, off at 9:00p
Whites on at 10:00a, off at 8:00p
Lunar LED's on at 9:00p and off at 2:00a (these have no benefit for fish / corals so you can have them go off whenever you go to bed)
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That's great! I like to hear about people having them before I actually go out and buy them. I've been trying to read up on things before I go into the lfs ever since I was talked into getting the Red Sea Prizm skimmer and having it be really horrible!

Any ideas on what corals are good and what are not with these lights? I was hoping to have a light set where you could house any coral but I have heard that you could harm the fish by such high light (not sure if that is actually true but if I really wanted fried fish I'd go out to eat ). Thanks again!
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You just moved past my knowledge... time for one of the experts to move in and help now. Good luck!
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If you have the 4 bulb light then you can keep most corals. Zooa's, leathers, mushrooms, LPS corals etc....The only thing I would stay away from are anemones and clams as they require ALOT of light.

Fish don't mind the lighting one bit, its more for the corals and your viewing pleasure. In fact if you had no corals at all then you could keep a single light bulb and the fish would be happy.
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Thanks guys! I'm hoping to buy the lights in the next few days. So far I have spent around 900-1000 on the setup with the equipment and cured live rock so I'm going to wait a few days! I was hoping to house lots of different corals. I love love love the corals that sway in the flow of the water.

Carey, I saw your new Tang. He's so cute! Congrats on him.

Anyone have any idea what that worm-like thing is in the pic I posted in the rock? It's probably nothing but just wondering!
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