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Old 07-14-2012, 08:12 AM   #51
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I been following along on this also as I'm in my process of building my 75 with 20g long Sump great job
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:44 PM   #52
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Well the ammonia dose was gone in about 12 hours so my Clarkii was moved over yesterday(after a 50% water change) and seems to be quite happy in there. He is eating great and very active. I also went down to my LFS and picked up a small CUC of 3 hermits, 1 turbo snail, 1 Nassarius snail, and a fighting conch. I drip acclimated them for about 2 hours then dropped them in where they went right to work... or buried itself in the case of the conch! All still seem to be doing well as of today.


Now does anyone have experience with "fancy" brittle stars? My wife literally pouted when I said we couldn't have one until I did more research lol. They seem to get to be a decent size but could I fit one in my 75? Are they difficult to keep?

Also what should be the next fish in? Thinking about a engineer goby or a foxface.

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Old 07-16-2012, 02:36 AM   #53
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Be careful with the brittle star fish. They are known fish hunters and predatory. The green ones are really sketchy, some I have heard to as green death haha. They do hunt and eat fish. If you keep it well fed though it may be OK but not sure if you want to risk a pricey fish on a likely 10 starfish. Serpent stars are a safer bet and there are some pretty neat looking ones out there. Looking pretty good. Did you make your 20 sump yet? Maybe consider putting in 3 baffles rather than the usual two. This will help keep the water level in in skimmer compartment stable so that will keep your skimmer from skimmer too much or too little, and it will help with the bubbles because there will be an extra baffle to go around.
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Be careful with the brittle star fish. They are known fish hunters and predatory. The green ones are really sketchy, some I have heard to as green death haha. They do hunt and eat fish. If you keep it well fed though it may be OK but not sure if you want to risk a pricey fish on a likely 10 starfish. Serpent stars are a safer bet and there are some pretty neat looking ones out there. Looking pretty good. Did you make your 20 sump yet? Maybe consider putting in 3 baffles rather than the usual two. This will help keep the water level in in skimmer compartment stable so that will keep your skimmer from skimmer too much or too little, and it will help with the bubbles because there will be an extra baffle to go around.
Thanks the one at the LFS was a yellow. I had heard about the evil green ones lol. Sump is this week/weekends project. I was using it as a qt but have an empty 10 to use now. I was going to use the skimmer/inlet|bubble trap with 3 baffles|refugium|baffle|return pump design.


Anyone have an opinion on the next fish I should go for?
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I would give it a week or two before adding more fish but when the time comes my vote is for fox face, they are sweet just watch the dorsal spines as they are venomous.
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I would give it a week or two before adding more fish but when the time comes my vote is for fox face, they are sweet just watch the dorsal spines as they are venomous.
It would be at least 3 weeks. One thing I will practice religiously is to QT new additions.
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I would look into some wrasses. There are a lot of gorgeous ones out there. Nice trio of flasher wrasses. Like a male and two females will get you all the flashing from the make courting the females. or a nice pair of some exotic fairy wrasses if you have the budget. Wrasses are great fish. Lots of color and movement and personality. Plus they are known to east many if the pests in reefs. Wrasse is some of my favs
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:29 AM   #58
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So here is what I have planed for the 20 long sump(amazing paint skills incoming!):



The baffles out of the skimmer are 8 1/2" high and the return is 7 1/2" high. As you can see I am trying to accommodate a 300w heater so I will be adding a second baffle to section off the return a bit more. This should give me just enough room but the heater will probably still be at an angle. I have an ATO ready to go so making the return section a bit smaller shouldn't be an issue.

How does this look? Anything you would change? How are the baffle heights?
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Up still looking for opinions on the sump.


So it looks like that thing on the rock that I thought was a coral skeleton has made a recovery because I noticed small polyps on it tonight!
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Looks good! Have you thought about ditching the 300w heater and going with 2 200 watt heaters? I run two smaller ones just in case one goes, I have a backup that can maintain temp in case one goes out.
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