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Old 09-09-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Terrance's 46g Sumpless Reef Build

Please post any suggestions. This is my first saltwater tank.

Current inventory:
2x Koralia 750gph circulation pump
25lbs sand
50lbs base rocks
46g bowfront tank + stand
Aqueon 200w heater

Current inventory for mixing:
Hydrometer (need upgrade to refractometer)
Marineland Visi-therm 200w heater
2x rubbermaid 32g trashcan
Aquaclear 70 powerhead
salt mx (enough to mix 200g of water)

Adding: Algae scrubber (cheaper than buying a HOB skimmer)

Lighting: Have not added lighting yet, its to be built during the cycle




I am about to start cycling today. Rockscape seem appropriate? No SPS for me. Mushrooms, polyps, and LPS will be my starting point.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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Hi Terrance,

Cool build! Looks good. Aquascape is nice too. My only suggestion would to build it up agains the back wall more. Eventually youll figure out that you need a TON of placement for corals. Right now you have some, but not a lot. Its coming together nicely though.

Whats the stock as far as fish?
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:50 PM   #3
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It looks great!
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:50 PM   #4
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Cool Terrance I'm following this one . What is your projected stock list ?
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Old 09-09-2012, 03:03 PM   #5
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I'm not really sure about fish. No puffer for this tank, which seems very strange for me. Perhaps a o. clown, watchman goby with shrimp combo, purple firefish, and perhaps a sixline wrasse.

Is the goby&shrimp combo good idea for this small reef tank?

edit: I stacked the rocks close the back wall, but how close should it be? I'm concerned about stacking it too close and then I'm unable to reach for anything that may fall back there. I think there is ~2-3" between the wall and the rocks.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:42 PM   #6
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I'm not really sure about fish. No puffer for this tank, which seems very strange for me. Perhaps a o. clown, watchman goby with shrimp combo, purple firefish, and perhaps a sixline wrasse.

Is the goby&shrimp combo good idea for this small reef tank?

edit: I stacked the rocks close the back wall, but how close should it be? I'm concerned about stacking it too close and then I'm unable to reach for anything that may fall back there. I think there is ~2-3" between the wall and the rocks.
Ahah i was wondering if we'd have a puffer in this one!

That would work well. And would be very cool

Yes just enough for your hand i guess. If somthing does happen to fall, you could always use a stick or somthing to slide it out. But ya, youll have more coral placement now
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Old 09-09-2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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Awwwww why not a valentini puffer???? Lol. Coming along great!!!
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:36 AM   #8
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I'm on a budget and forget to post most of the time. Here is where I'm at:

Start date July 2012.
Expected finish early 2013.

Current inventory:
2x Koralia Evolution 750gph circulation pump
Hydor Smart Wave Pump Controller (creates random flow)
20lbs sand
50lbs base rocks
46g bowfront tank + manufacturer stand
Aqueon Pro 200w heater
Red Sea No3, P, Cal, Mag, Alk test kits
Refractometer and backup Hydrometer
Mag float glass cleaner
Traditional thermometer
Reefbreeder Value LED fixture
DIY hanging kit
Tunze auto top off
5g reservoir (bucket with lid)
Kalkwasser (inside ATO) and magnesium
Reef Octopus BH 2000 skimmer

Livestock:
($7) Peppermint shrimp
Kryptonite coral
Maroon Trumpet coral

Mixing Station:
2x rubbermaid 32g trashcan
Aquaclear 50 powerhead
Marineland Visi-therm 200w heater
Thermometer
24' Flexible tubing
Reef salt mix
BRS RO/DI unit 75gpd plus


I changed my mind about the ATS. I don't want to build one anymore. I'm too busy for it. I'll go with the tradition skimmer and refugium method. I'll just hook up the deep red and royal blue LEDs to the refugium. Sometimes in the near future.

I'm keeping coral only until they start growing.


Anyways, here is my water parameters:
Alk 10.6
Ca 400
Magnesium 1200

I have an ATO with kalkwasser at the bottom. Any feedback on my numbers?? Those are acceptable numbers when I looked it up. I already have some candy cane corals. My API is not reliable on pH, but its says 7.8. I don't believe it.

How does my corals look so far? I have no idea. They have been in the tank for the past few days.





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How do you like that LED fixture over the 46G bow? I have a 36G bow with a similar center brace and am considering the Reefbreeders options. Did you get a 16" or 24" fixture? The center brace worries me & makes me consider fixtures that don't have bulbs in the center. Not really a problem?

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Old 01-10-2013, 01:45 AM   #10
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I wanted to replace the center brace with acrylic, but it was too late to replace it by the time I got the reefbreeders light. My tank was already up and running and I didn't really feel like replacing the center brace after all that. The pics posted shows the reefbreeder (16") version hanging right over the center brace. Notice that there is no shadow. I think it works just fine over the center brace. Without the center brace, its definitely brighter in the center. If you were to get the 16" fixture your 36", then get some optics (I think it comes with the 90 degree optics option for additional cost). edit: optics not too important for a 36g, but it will help reduce the amount of light spill outside your tank.

I'll post more about this fixture on the reefbreeders thread this upcoming weekends. You'll definately see it. I've been too busy working and studying and looking for corals from local hobbyists :p
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