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Old 10-30-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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My 40 gallon tall FOWLR

My first Saltwater tank, let me know what you guys think.

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Be honest. And my equipment is as follows: tetra75 hob, tetra45 hob, Berlin airlift skimmer, 150w heater, 30" t-8 white light, 12" t-8 actinic light. I would like to change to a 40 breeder and get a BTA but I don't know how much lighting to put on for it, I was thinking 200w of t-5's but really would like a knowledgeable suggestion since I'm still very new. It's been up 3 months now and seems very healthy.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:50 PM   #2
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Nice looks good

Could use some more rock I think
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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I have plans to get some more rock, unexpected car trouble delayed that, and now a hurricane has delayed it some more, I'm at about 10-15 lbs of live rock, want to buy 20lbs at least when I get to the LFS after this hurricane business, probably this weekend, thanks though.
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Old 10-30-2012, 05:59 PM   #4
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How did your cycling go?

How did you add your live stock?
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:32 PM   #5
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Cycle went fine, I cycled with cured LR, about 4-5 weeks in my nitrites finally zeroed out and after a pwc my nitrates were about 15, added the damsel along with 4 turbos 2 Astreas and 6 hermits, started my skimmer and at the time had just a top fin 40 filter. I added my Ocelaris and six-line wrasse about a week later, then a week or two after that the Coral Beauty and a week after that the Snowflake Moray. I have no turbo snails left, 1 hermit literally killed everyone, one at a time, would take their shell and then return to his original and move on to slaughter another, this process was repeated for all 4 turbo snails until he stayed in the last shell, the two Astraeas were killed by my smaller blue legged hermits. It's been about a month or since I've added anything, I do 10-15% weekly water changes.
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Old 10-31-2012, 05:16 AM   #6
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I honestly am not sure if you need a lot more rock, but I personally would re-work the rock so that there are more crevices and a couple of decent sized caves. Maybe spread it out a little more and add some caves? I did see there are a couple of small crevices. Hope I'm not coming across as rude, but that's what I would do, but really it's your tank and you're the one who looks at it every day. So, if you like it, it's all good!!
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Old 10-31-2012, 12:45 PM   #7
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Nice thanks man

Just be careful when adding new rock, make sure its completely cured and even then add it slow.

I think I lost two fish from adding too much dead rock.
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Old 10-31-2012, 02:17 PM   #8
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Thank you Beengirl and lakaiguy. @Beengirl your not coming across as rude, just very helpful, The interior is fairly hollow mainly for my snowflake eel, but I will try to rework it some to add some crevasses, the rock I have though is mainly rounder pieces and can be a pain sometimes. I may not need more LR but I definitely think it would help both my aquascaping and it wouldn't hurt my bio filtration either, since the snowflake can be a bit messy. @lakaiguy I will only be using fully cured live rock (I can get it for like $3/lb at my LFS for their cheap stuff, still very live just not as aesthetically pleasing), and I will make sure to add it slowly, do you think 5lbs at a time would be good?
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:12 AM   #9
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@Beengirl I took your suggestion and reworked my rock work to give it some more openings, caves, and crevasses. I would like to know what you think, and be brutally honest, I can take it.


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Old 11-01-2012, 01:16 AM   #10
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That clown looks like a nice big meatball to your snowflake eel....
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