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Old 12-11-2005, 09:21 PM   #11
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Just be careful doing so call shortcuts. If it needs to be done ,do it. Many a person has gotten into troube doing shortcuts. Doing it halfway. Just want to see you get off on the right foot.
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It might be best to start with all new water, sand, and rock right from the start. You can run the powerheads after a bit of settling, but be aware of large particles that could clog them up or tear the impeller blades. Have you taken out the bio-wheels? You might consider adding a cupful or two of the cc to help seed the sand. Will you be running a skimmer? When upgrading to a mixed reef tank usually lighting is the first issue that gets tackled. So it might be best to get what you can now so as to avoid another major purchase down the line.
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Update:

Removed the Undergravel Filter and most of the Crushed Coral. Added about 3" of sand (Mixture of Regular Sand and Live Sand, recommended by the LFS) to the bottom of the tank and 32 lbs of Live Rock (LFS is getting a new batch in this weekend, so will pick up more then).

Problem though, It's been about 10 hours and the tank is still super cloudy... I think do to the Sand. I have the Biowheel running just to circulate water, didn't turn on the powerheads yet. Is this normal? Was expecting it to settle by now. Everything just looks dirty, am used to a nice clean looking tank.
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The best advice you can get is to read and research. Make a plan then come back here so we can shoot holes in it J/K

I just can't stress enough that you need to read and research on your own...not just seek advice.
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I agree, have been reading all night on this and related sites. I found out that the sand I used is probably good, but I should have Rinsed it first.... to get rid of extra dust and stuff. I like to learn the hard way, hoping it will be settled more when I get home from work and I can do some water changes to help out.

The LFS showed me some cool snails that keep your sandbed nice, she put some food out in the tank and all of a sudden like 30 of them popped out of the sand! Was very cool.

Right now I am researching lighting, the LFS is very expensive for lighting so may buy online. I'll let you guys know my plan before I buy... and you can shoot your holes. LOL

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My tank was cloudy for days till all the stuff settled. Give it some time
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THanks Melosu58. I think all is good now. Looking much much better, and not "dirty" anymore. Just slightly cloudy, but I can see the Live Rock perfect and all the way through the back of the tank! Hopefully my "Cycle" will start and soon can put some Critters in.
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Feel confident that you are doing the right thing here...adding a bit at a time and going slowly, just make sure that all the LR that you are going to use has been cured before critters go in, and any rock that goes in afterward needs to be cured beforehand as well.
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