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Old 08-22-2004, 04:08 AM   #11
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OK, so here's the setup I'm thinking about.

40 gallon acrylic
Heater
Light
DSB w/ LS
20 lbs. LR
Decent skimmer (possibly the Berlin Classic)

Would it be better to use a canister filter or a couple powerheads for water movement?

Of course, suggestions always welcome.
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Old 08-22-2004, 01:24 PM   #12
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I'd suggest more LR. I'm no expert, but with only half pound per gallon, you're looking at a VERY light stocking...a couple of small fish and some clean up crew.

Take a look at my 40g SW tank link in my sig...that photo shows 50lbs of LR, and I just added another 10lbs yesterday...and it looks good now.
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Old 08-22-2004, 01:48 PM   #13
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I would recomend against a red sea skimmer. THey are notorius for impellars breaking.


If you got a good skimmer like the Aqua C remora you would not need a canister filter. THe skimmer will remove solids from the water . I would also increase the LR a little more than 20LBS. At least 40LBS.


I would also stick with a 1-2" sand bed over the 4" DSB. There have been alot of DSB problems reported lately my self included.

For powerheads use some maxi jet 1200's or 900's.
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OK, so here's the setup I'm thinking about.

40 gallon acrylic
That's fine. Beware that acrylic tanks scratch easily...other than that, they
re great.

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Heater
I would go with a Won Pro Heat. Although they are a bit more expensive, IMO they're worth it.

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Light
What type lighting did you have in mind? More to the point, what types of corals would you like to keep in this tank?

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DSB[/acronym] w/ LS
Beware of the possible problems you may encounter with these in the future. While I haven't had any problems with mine, many folks have had serious trouble with DSB's after several years of operation. I'd do lots of research before adding one.

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20 lbs. LR
I'd go with about 60 lbs.

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Decent skimmer (possibly the Berlin Classic)
Nothing wrong with the Classic...I'd stay away from the Turbos. I think you'd get better long term performance from an Aqua C Remora or, if you will have a sump, an Aqua C Urchin.

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Would it be better to use a canister filter or a couple powerheads for water movement?
I'd go with the powerheads...probably 2-3 Maxi Jet 900's or 1200's. JMHO.
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Old 08-22-2004, 10:26 PM   #15
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Actually, my tank would be 35 gallons since I wont be using the wet/dry filter area in the back. So I would need about 53 lbs. of LR to get 1.5 lbs. per gallon. Is it OK to put in about 25 lbs. starting up, and adding more LR while my tank is cylcing? I've also read that I can get LR and dead rock, and revive the dead rock when mixing it together with the LR. What are they actually referring to when a rock is "dead." My friend had a SW tank but it is now empty with what used to be live rock in it. Can I use that as dead rock?

No live corals in this tank, just planning on having LR and dead corals.
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Yes, you can use the rock from your friends tank. "Dead" rock is rock that has dried out and has nothing alive living in it. Bacteria and other critters will colonize the rock again and it will soon be live rock. Beware that pest algae grows easily on dead or base rock. You can add more LR at any time, but you may have another mini cycle from the die off on the new rock. I would get all my rock in the tank before I added any fish.
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what does everyone think about the CPR BakPak2R?
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