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Old 03-01-2014, 12:38 PM   #11
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Skimmers aren't required on a tank this small but they are nice to have. If your looking for the easiest way(least amount of equipment) just go with LR and a hob filter to run some chemical media ( aqua clear 70's or 110's are best IMO ) and flow ( the power head). This and weekly wc's are all you really need
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:47 PM   #12
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Thanks for the Info @BigRedsReefs10, I though maybe my HOB filter might be a tad small so I will be upgrading it. Trying my best not to overwhelm myself but there is tons of great info here and the people are really knowledgeable, as well as helpful.

When you say "Run some Chemical Media" What are you referring to?
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Old 03-01-2014, 01:09 PM   #13
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Chemical media is like carbon or phosphate reducer. And while your cycling you can run the filter ,but take out the media. This is the one time when you want ammonia and nitrite in your system
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Thanks so much. I did turn the filter on but I didn't remove the media.. but I will when I get home. My test kit was supposed to arrive today but it didnt.. Is it possible to overload with live rock? Say for instance I put 60-70 lbs in my 26 gallon, would I run into any issues..

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There is a point where it becomes to much. You want water to be able to flow through all of the LR and with 60-70 lbs would make that difficult I imagine. I typically go with about 1.3 lbs per gal of nice porus rock. For a 26 bf I would say shoot for 20-40 lbs, and if you can get more porus pieces than big solid rocks
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Thanks for all the help. Sadly my test kit did not arrive today.. so I really have no idea what's going on in there. Picking up more live rock tomorrow, instead of seeding the dry rock I already have. I can't wait until I get fish but I don't want to harm them either so I am happy to wait.

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I went and purchased more live rock today. So I have about 30 lbs so far. Let know what you guys think.


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Wanted to see if someone could chime in, Is the current arrangement of the live rock OK?
I jostled them around a bit and nothing moved so I'm sure they wont fall. But water flow is my main concern. I'm sure you can see the placement of my powerhead. Will that be OK. Also will a 700GPH be enough or too much.
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It looks fine. I'd get another smaller powerhead for the other side so you can randomize the flow more. In my 20 gallon I have about 950-1000 gph of flow depending on my mp10 setting
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Hello all.. Today I noticed something on a few of my live rocks. I'm not sure what it is. To me it looks like some sort of clear Algae, it makes the rock look like it has a clear aura..lol. Just a little concerned. Anyone know what this might be.. it only comes off the rock maybe a few millimeters.
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