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Old 01-19-2015, 08:20 AM   #41
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Glad for the interest. Lights are due in today. Have begun aquascaping. Hopefully will have that done by tomorrow or Wednesday. Lid will be here then. Going to add a little warmed saltwater and add the sand. Figured the little water would keep the sand from swirling around too much. Then will fill the tank, put in the heaters, add the shrimp, and begin the cycling. If nothing major happens (and it usually does in my family), all this should be done by the weekend. Can't wait, although all the prep work has, and will be, fun. So, that's the scoop.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:27 AM   #42
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Oh, I forgot. Knew I would. Will install the powerhead when the tank is full, and am waiting on the skimmer which is on backorder. That's OK, as I don't need it yet. Don't need the lights on the tank yet, but I can play with them!
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:38 AM   #43
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That's wicked I have a t5 on my 20G but I want to upgrade to a 85G when we move home.


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Old 01-19-2015, 08:46 AM   #44
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An 85 would be sweet. Thought about T5's but I'm addicted to LED's which my husband built to go over the reef. So these will also be LED's with a controller. A 40b was all that would fit in the last remaining space I have in the house. I already have 4 fresh and the reef. Wish we could build onto the house. Hey, that's an idea!
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Old 01-20-2015, 08:22 PM   #45
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Update on the 40b build. Rocks are in and epoxied together. Left a place for the Remora S with pre-skimmer box to hang. The pre-skimmer will be here tomorrow or the next day, and the Remora just shipped. The Orbits came yesterday, and we're playing with them now. We love them! Have 40 lbs of live sand, CaribSea Ocean Direct, and have 25 gallons of water prepared. Have yet to get the energy to go get the tank background, but will do it in the next day or so. Water and sand have to be helped along by the husband, so have to wait until he's available. Going to use pre-warmed salt water to maybe kickstart the live sand (maybe?). Then going to buy a cocktail shrimp, clothe it in panty hose, add BioSpira, and off we go! I might be able to juggle my reef tank around a little to pull out one live rock with no coral on it. I just hope I don't introduce nasties, as I went with dry live rock to prevent that. Had a lot of trouble with the reef tank with this.
So, it seems we're on the way!
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You don't need a single rock from your reef and you'll be just fine. If you don't want any unwelcome hitch hikers, then I would leave the rock be.
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:03 AM   #47
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Okey dokey. Trust your advice, Doug. Beats tearing the reef apart, anyway. Trying to seed the dry rock faster. Most of my fish selections indicate that they must be added only to an established tank. Guess I'm like everyone else and trying to rush it along. And I'm unsure as to what order to put the fish in. Contradictory Info again from several websites. Oh well, fish are a long way off away.
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Seed it with what? Bacteria? You are seeding it with bacteria when you pour in the bottle of bacteria. Feeding the bacteria is done by tossing in the ammonia, like your shrimp.
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OK. I'm embarrased. Read somewhere that would speed things up. Guess I'd just better be patient.
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It can, if you add a substantial amount of live rock, but One piece per a tank full and you aren't going to see a difference. Meanwhile, the piece you add is going to be subjected to an ammonia spike so any critters living on it are certainly in harms way.
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