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Old 10-28-2012, 12:54 PM   #31
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That's a great deal. Where did you order them from? I'm looking for new lighting as well, but everything is really expensive.
I picked them up off of e-bay. I will let you know how the quality is when I hook them up. The reason why I got the system with t5's and LEDs is bc if the LEDs go i feel that you're screwed. At least I can replace the t5s down the road.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:51 PM   #32
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bump bump any ideas on good deals for live rock? I need to put some in my tank and was planning on doing it this weekend since i get paid on Thursday. How many lbs would be needed/recommended for a 55g tank. I want a nice clean aquascape. DRY/live ratio?
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saltwaterfish.com has rock on special once and awhile. It is really up to you if you go with live or macro rock...it doesn't really matter, it is all live once you are done cycling anyway. I bought all my LR, for both my 36 and 55, off of saltwaterfish.com since they are one of the few that carry caribbean LR, which i love. In my 55 I have about 60 lbs of LR. the 1-1.5 lbs per gallon ratio is a good way to guestimate it.
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Thanks I appreciate that. I will look into this when I get home. I would love to pick the rock out in person but my lfs sells live rock for 6.99/lb so i dont have or want to spend $400 on rocks lol. Also, when i went to petco they have live fiji rock that looked good (i bought some for my 10G and it was a nice size rock for only 10.99. I think i might do that route, hoping it wasnt a mistake from the cashier.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:16 AM   #35
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I was wondering if its totally necessary to have a skimmer on my tank. I want to make sure everything gets done properly and have no sump/refuge so it would have to be a HOB skimmer. do i really NEED one?

What are the benefits?
will my tank be okay without a skimmer?

t/y in advance.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:20 AM   #36
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also, when can i put my cuc in? after the live/base rock i assume. how many snails,crabs,etc should i put in a 55?
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It's not NEEDED but it will help keep nitrates down so I'd recommend getting one unless you WILL do WC every week. And add CUC right after cycle. I'd say 50 snails/hermits
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Thank you. Is there a limit to shrimp? I currently have 1 peppermint shrimp in my 10g he hides all the time once my 55 is cycled i am going to acclimate him in as well with my clown and rock i have in there already. can i take some of the rock out thats in there now just to help the cycle along until i can afford to buy new rock. if there are some zoas on the rock/feather duster can i move it over or not yet. thanks.
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Umm... Limit on shrimp idk... I had 3 in my 29 temp. And they were fighting. As far as moving the rock, ya you can but any feather dusters or coral will probably die.
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I wouldn't say a skimmer is required, but I have one on my 55g reef, and it helps to keep the nitrates down. I would wait and see how your nitrates are after your tank is stocked before you rule out a skimmer entirely.
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