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Old 07-08-2012, 11:50 AM   #11
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Good start so far, I like your rockscape. As far as powerheads go you need to decide what your doing with the tank. Are you doing a fowlr(fish only with live rock) or are you going to do a reef and if so what types of coral are you wanting? If you want sps corals you want lots more flow, about 30 times tank volume so you would want 2250 gph. A softie and LPS tank should have about 20 times so 1500 gph and a fowlr is about 10 times so 750 gph. These are guidelines and most people accomplish this with multiple powerheads. I run 3 on my 55g 2 are 1050 gph and one is 1400. I run a wave maker so they alternate being on. Also Maxijets are handy little units but I don't like them in my tank, the suction cups are garbage and they hold the pump up which results in a mess plus I find them very noisy. Great to have on hand for mixing water and auto top offs or even water changes. I prefer hydor koralia powerheads as they are reasonable price and look nicer plus they have a magnet suction cup so they don't move and they run quiet.
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Old 07-08-2012, 06:33 PM   #12
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I'm definitely starting as fowlr and I was considering doing corals in the future. I dont know what kind so I have to do alot of research. as I research fish i'm looking to see who is reef friendly or not.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:18 AM   #13
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my salinity is a little high, so I'll be doing some water changes to bring it down. since my corner tank is a tad low (1.020) I may just move the water over to that tank to balance both of them out. Water is crystal clear already, but I've been moving rocks around so it clouds up for a second. so far so good! I'll start doing water tests tomorrow.

I also may need to trade my skimmer, this one is too tall to fit under my tank!! My only other option is to build a special sump that would sit next to it, and I would have to have it covered since I have a cat. I dont need cat hair in the tank lol
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:44 AM   #14
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things are much clearer today. gonna add the second pump on the left side for some added circulation. Looking to add a little more rock this week

specific gravity: 1.032
ammonia: .25
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 10
pH: 8.4
Alkalinity: 240ppm
Hardness: 300ppm

all was tested with API saltwater kit and strips except Alkalinity and Hardness, those were strips only. SG was tested with a refractometer

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Old 07-13-2012, 03:11 AM   #15
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Heeyyy I think I see something moving on one of the purple rocks!!!
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Old 07-16-2012, 02:19 AM   #16
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is this "living"? on another rock there is something that looks like a teeny teeny tiny fan or something moving around

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Old 07-22-2012, 11:50 PM   #17
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finally got my salinity down to a good level, and i'm in the middle of a diatom stage. I think I see some hair algae as well but it's very minor right now. will closely monitor all week, think I may try a fish or two soon

temp: 84
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added a few blue-legged hermits today. they were 99 cents they should have fun with the hair algae i'm starting to see
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changed my lighting to a 50/50 actinic blue/10,000k daylight bulb. makes the blue damsels look incredibly blue! added a few more rocks


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changed my lighting to a 50/50 actinic blue/10,000k daylight bulb. makes the blue damsels look incredibly blue! added a few more rocks
did u put your actinic bulbs at the back or front?
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