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Old 10-22-2012, 06:51 PM   #11
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:57 PM   #12
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If I were you I would hold off on the mandarin for about a year. Unless you find one that will eat frozen or pellets, it will be very difficult to keep alive in a new tank-unless you're willing to spend a lot of money buying the thousands if pods it will eat per day. And I highly recommend a skunk cleaner shrimp!! LOVE mine, and I wasn't sure about him at first. They have so much personality and watching them clean fish is funny.
I agree the mandarin will be the last fish added and thanks for the tip about seeing if they eat frozen food

Just wanted to thank everyone for their help so far you've all made a daunting task that much easier and hope you all follow along for the build
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:15 PM   #13
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I will after you get the mandarin you still might want to keep it in a quarantine tank and make sure it's eating frozen for a good couple weeks. Or add it before you have a good pod population. :p I've heard of mandarins going into a tank with lots of pods an if there's enough to survive on they'll convert back and you'll have to train them all over again.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:29 AM   #14
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So I have a question about bio balls, why do they become "nitrate factories" and rock rubble doesn't?

Also I'm trying to decided what piece of equipment to buy next either power heads or save up for a chiller. It's coming into summer here so it's rather warm and also I have a return pump so I have a decent flow. But I also don't have any live stock in it yet as its cycling and chillers here are $400-$600
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:51 PM   #15
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Found this little guy crawling around today thoughts?
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:22 AM   #16
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Added some more base and live rock
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:06 AM   #17
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Awesome..free nassarius snail! I'm pretty sure bio balls can trap food and other detritus and that will decay, becoming nitrates. For rock rubble, they can cause nitrates as well, but what are the possibilities of waste getting trapped in bio balls clumped together rather than in rock rubble on the bottom. I guess it's just less likely that food is going to deliberately fall underneath a pile of rocks...at least that's my theory. Tank looks great btw!
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Awesome..free nassarius snail! I'm pretty sure bio balls can trap food and other detritus and that will decay, becoming nitrates. For rock rubble, they can cause nitrates as well, but what are the possibilities of waste getting trapped in bio balls clumped together rather than in rock rubble on the bottom. I guess it's just less likely that food is going to deliberately fall underneath a pile of rocks...at least that's my theory. Tank looks great btw!
That makes sense I'm pretty sure I will be turning it into a refugium eventually but the sump came full of bio balls in the middle section so thought I'd check if it would be detrimental. Thanks I'm really happy with the scape I'm hoping the way I've done it gives me lots of places for corals
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It's good, the only thing I'd suggest would be to tweak is perhaps taking some pieces of rock and putting them on top to make arches. They look a tad bit clumped together and if you add an arch or two you'll have more places for corals especially corals that need higher light. Taking out some rock and putting it on top might create some caves. If you want to keep it how it is then by all do. Just an idea .
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So currently in the process of cycling and going through the frustration of the waiting game haha once it all settles should I add fish or corals first?
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