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Old 04-28-2011, 07:53 PM   #31
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This setup looks amazing with your aquascaping! Gonna look great with fish! You can always add coral later if you wanted, but this will stand out either way! Nice work!
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:19 AM   #32
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Well the cycle is pretty much done I think, my ammonia is at 0ppm and nitrite was at .5 last night and nitrate was at 80 and is now down to 40.. I added some chaeto to my sump to help control the nitrates. Gonna add some pure ammonia over the next few days and make sure it goes away before adding any fish.. I will post some new pics tonight or tomorrow of everything running. I got the ATO all setup, found a small office garbage can that fit perfectly into the stand.. Got the chaeto in the sump sectioned off with some egg crate to stop it from getting into the return pump.. and got a clip on light from Lowes for $11 and put in a 100 watt(really 23W, 100 Watt equivalent) 6500K flourescent light bulb for it..Got that hooked up to the timer for my moonlights so its on overnight with the moonlights and the actinic and daylight tubes are on their own separate timers. Had to add two fans to the canopy, it was getting pretty warm in there when the actinics are on..

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Old 05-13-2011, 10:10 AM   #33
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Ok, my 90 gal finally cycled and was able to get my porcupine puffer back from the LFS.. Param's are amm-0, Nitrite-0, nitrate-5ppm. I added som CUC, 5 turbo snails, 12 nassarius snails, 5 fighting conch's and 5 red leg hermits.. Planning the new fish to go in the tank, looking at 2 perc or occ clowns, flame angel, lawnmower blenny, and a royal gramma.. Any other suggestions??

Oh, tank is a 90 gal, 48'X18"X24", 20L sump, Skimz SM161 skimmer, about 80lbs base rock and 30Lbs live.. Corallife 48" t5ho-2 10000k,2 actinic 54w each.. Gonna order test kits for calcium, alk.. temp it 79 and sal is 1.025.

One other question, I brought sal up to 1.025. With the CUC does it need to be this high? Could I run it at 1.022 or .021 with inverts?

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Old 05-14-2011, 04:13 AM   #34
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,25 is for corals and lower down to .21 is good for fish onlys
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:08 AM   #35
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Ok thats cool.. Does it matter for inverts?? I have some turbo snails, nassarius snails, hermits and fighting conchs. Do they care if its .021 or .025??

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Old 05-19-2011, 11:47 AM   #36
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no they be fine at .021-.025
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:29 PM   #37
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I'm not sure about inverts but I think they may be similar to coral... coral prefer .024-.026 and fish prefer .021-.022... or at least for health they seem to do better at those salinity's (from what I have read, it could be wrong though)
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