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Old 04-18-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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starting new tank.

Ive only been in salt water marines for 2 1/2 months but im already itching to have a bigger tank. Ive got a boyu 550 25 gallon ish tank . All the pumps etc in the back. I purchased some real nice rock from someone who was giving up so I got everything going very quickly and have had no real set backs.

I have ordered a 41"x16"x20" tank and a 24"x12"x14" sump . Ive already asked about a return pump and have purchased a
Ehiem 1262 (900 gph) pump.
An AQUAMEDIC TURBOFLOTOR 1000 BLUE PROTEIN SKIMMER MARINE.
A TMC V2 Vecton 200 lt Marine Aquarium UV Steriliser.
Heater .
That will go in the sump.

Ive ordered egg crate for the bottom and will be using 1" ( ? ) of 3mm coral sand . Unless im advised different.
Do I need any thing else , apart from rock , that I will struggle to put in later.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:31 AM   #2
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are you going to put macro in the sump because that can only help!!!
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are you going to put macro in the sump because that can only help!!!
Macro ? Ive never heard of it . But thats exactly why ive asked . Thanks
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He means a macro algea like Cheato or calerpa.
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He's talking about macroalgae like what Mike said. You can let it run rampant in the sump, with very little pruning, and it helps with the export of excess nutrients such as phosphates and nitrates which are bad for coral in high levels. Having macroalgae in the sump/fuge would definitely be a great idea and will help out your tank's ecosystem a great deal.

Also, i suggest ditching the coral sand. Because of it's large and rigid shapes, detritus will get caught between the crushed coral pieces, and then your clean-up-crew can't get to it, and it would take you a lot to clean it out with a hose. If you also fail to clean it and just leave it over time, it will begin producing nitrates, which is bad. I also think it just looks plain old UGLY in the marine tank. I hate crushed coral sandbeds.. they look so unnatural to me.

What you want to use is DRY aragonite sand. It comes in many sizes like sugar sized, rice grain sized, etc.. Many others as well. Definitely go for the dry aragonite.. you will not regret it. It is so much easier to clean for both you and your clean-up-crew, and it just looks so much better than any other type of substrate. I use sugar-sized Oolite sand and it's amazing.
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Macroalgea and Aragonite . Ill see if I can find it . This is great advice thanks everyone.
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Go for one of the types of Macro said above like Cheato. I think it's one of the best for nutrient exportation.
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Already purchased the Aragonite off Ebay . Going to the lfs for the cheato .
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Yup, get the chaeto. So far, besides mangroves i believe, it IS the best for nutrient export. It also doesn't spread like wildfire that much, such as caulerpa. Once caulerpa takes root.. it's almost impossible to eradicate it because even a little piece of root can grow back into a full plant, very quickly. If you have it in a sump or fuge, then it doesn't really matter and you can just prune it as it grows, but putting something like that in your main tank would spell disaster.. unless you like bubbly vines of algae all over the place lol.
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I would think about using miracle mud as well in your fuge
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