Thanks alot fish freak,
The tank is in the lab area at our high school, and we have a budget of probably 500 dollars more that we (a small group of us) won at a science olympics competition.
We have the oposite problem than most schools as far a heat goes, we get a lot of evaporation because the lab get super hot. So we have no problem at all keeping it at the right temp. It sits fairly steadily at about 81 faren. and the heater only turns on once and a while it seams.
I have been looking into a couple of powerheads, and hopefully if we win some more money we can get a wave powerbar thing. When we started this project all I knew about was freshwater tanks, and the people that I am working with, though they are extremely nice people, went out and bought the filtration system without proper research, and so se are kind of stuck with it. I will look around for a couple of maxijet powerheads. Plus we have a 'bubble bar' just to ensure that there is enough dissolved oxygen in the water.
With respect to the skimmer, are you saying that if we do get a decent one that we will be ok with the *curses under breath* aquaclear? Or do we need to upgrade both?
Ok, I think that I will try and convine the teacher that we need some live rock, and also some base rock so that it can spread. She was a zoology major and so she has a soft spot for setting things like this up
. Ok so here are my questions about live rock:
1) What type is best, and is it better to order over the internet even though I am in Canada?
2) How many pounds will I need of the LR
and how many pounds of the base rock?
3) What is the bare minimum lighting need to keep the live rock. Is it the same as the requirements in the last post.
Finally, thank you for the suggestion about the raw shrimp. My group wanted to throw a couple of clowns in their right away, and I was a little worried but you have cleared up my worries.
I just want to thank you again for your support. I really appreciate it!
In desperate need of help, but very excited to learn. I have tasted the world of aquariums and now I'm hooked.
Here is what I have now...
maxijet 900 powerhead
100W (maybe 150W) heater, but heating isnt a prob
1.5 inches of crushed coral
some decoration stuff including a couple peices of old dried coral.) Not sure if it is real to be honest...
Crappy lights that I am going to rebuild, just for come flourescents