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Old 03-30-2009, 01:51 AM   #11
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I like a refugium because they seem more natural I guess. Mine had 2" of mud, 2" of sand, mangoves pods, live rock, crabs, snails, chaeto algae. I also used this area to grow coral frags.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:03 AM   #12
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okay i think i have decided on the refugium cause it seems way nicer if you ask me.. how big of one would you suggest and for my 30g tank what size powerhead would you suggest?
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:07 AM   #13
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A 10 gallon would be more than enough for a 30gallon main tank. When I first started my old 55 I used a 10 gallon, it fit all of my gear with out any problem. it wa a bit cramped, but you don't need to look at it very often. BUT, if you have room for a 20gallon, I would go with that. Much better.
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Old 03-30-2009, 02:43 AM   #14
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i think im gonna skip on the overflow system for now but after saving up my for a while and getting past the next round of bills i will definetly work on it.. sounds like it would be way better deal for my tank
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For sure you can do it later. What you can do is just buy what you need piece by piece, and set it up when you are ready. Instead of trying to get it all at one time. Then you can sell off what you don't need anymore, or save it for another tank haha.
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sounds like a plan.. and thanks for all of the help
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hi there, i used marine cycle added to the tank but have not put any life in the tank as i thought that the live rock having life in it may give off some amonia to cycle with, do you think maybe i should put a srimp or somthing in there to produce a little more amonia, it may die tho right
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:56 PM   #18
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i went to the LFS today and found out that the tap water here is full of ammonia.. lol that i dont have to add a shrimp or anything which is pretty nice. i checked the levels today and the ammonia is pretty high which is a good sign.. so hopefully just some waiting will finish the cycle.. thanks guys
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Old 03-31-2009, 01:25 AM   #19
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Hi Guys,
I am Very new at all this and i love it!!
I am Cycling my Tank but i dont see a ammonia Spike yet??
I got a new Solana 34g, 150 watt HQI and i am curing my Live rock 30 pounds Vanuatu.
I set up my Tank 4 weeks ago and nothing yet?
I have Put 2 Shrimp in already.
2 Weeks ago i put in 4 Snails and 12 Hermit Crab.
1 Week ago i put in 2 Blue Green Chromis
salinity:1.026
Temp : 75-80C
PH: 8.4
Nitrates : >10 ( almost none)
Amonia : >0.02
Water: from a 5 stage RO/DI

Skimmer is working
Day and night lights are working to 10h day 14 night

Should i just wait? or do something about it..?

BTW all Live stock looks like its doing well.

Thank you for any help possible
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hi there, i used marine cycle added to the tank but have not put any life in the tank as i thought that the live rock having life in it may give off some amonia to cycle with, do you think maybe i should put a srimp or somthing in there to produce a little more amonia, it may die tho right

The shrimp that you use to start the cycle is not supposed to be a shrimp that you would keep in your tank. It is just a regular shirmp that you would eat that you buy from the grocery store. Just tie it to a string, and leave it in for a few days. Just keep an eye on the level of ammonia. when it starts to go up, take it out.
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