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Old 12-03-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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72g fluval, need advice

I am new to salt water. I got a 29g bio cube about 6 months ago and have been trying to make that into a reef aquarium. I am learning as I go. So far it's going great I'm addicted. So I decided I needed another tank because not to much room in my 29g. I will try to get some pics up so you all can judge how well my tank is doing.


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So i bought a 72g fluval tank. I want to go fish only for now. What I was hoping to get from the members here is stocking advice, filter set ups, and anything in general that I need to know. I know that's not very helpful but that's I I have for now. The tank came with a fluval 405 filter. Is that going to work? So far I have 100 pounds of live sand and water in the tank. I was getting ready to put a few damsels in to start the cycle. Unless there is a better way, that what the lfs told me to do. I want some really awesome fish but not really sure what will work with what? Any help will be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you
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Go fish less for the cycle. Just put a cocktail shrimp in and let it rott. This will provide your ammonia source. As far as dAmsels go they are a pretty fish but turn very aggressive as they get bigger. Once they are in they are hard to get out! I have always wanted one but have restrained myself due to that fact.
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Nice!! Aquascapeing looks great!
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If u decide to get a few damsels throw them in the sump if you don't want to keep them that way you don't have to tear your rock work apart to get them out I have one in my 90 and imma leave her I'm going Australian reef so she'll be fine and if something eats her no big deal they cost $3
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I don't have a sump. Should I get one or is the canister filter fine? Also when you say shrimp, do you mean like buy it at the grocery store I eat it cocktail shrimp? Don't hate I'm new lol!!
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I put one Zebra damsel in my tank the whole eotting food is yuk to me and the diatom bloom will feed the damsel
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And yes she / he meant a cocktail shrimp
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With a 72 gal a sump with your canister filter would help establish a better ecosystem just my opinion
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With a 72 gal a sump with your canister filter would help establish a better ecosystem just my opinion
So I have read a little about sumps. Would a 10 gallon tank with dividers put into it be sufficient? Also what exactly to people put into the sump? I need to get a protein skimmer as well which would be more important to get first? Thank you for the help!!!!!
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With a 72 I'd get a 20 gal sump
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