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Old 07-14-2006, 09:44 PM   #1
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Long story short:

About a year ago I finally got the guts to start a saltwater aquarium. This has taken me about 19 years of deciding. The reason why it took so long was the cost. I remember setting up the 10gal FW with the little external box that stored carbon and filter fiber that was run with an airpump in it. My Dad used to help with this. The fish were cheap and you had instant results. But it was the Saltwater that always captured my eye. Dad always said "that stuff is way too expensive and I have NO CLUE how to run it". That statement made the curiosity worse. So, over the years I have looked into putting something together...and I did. I started with a 20gal with no top and a Fluval 204. The spark was a nice man with a bunch of SW stuff in his house. I eventually got two eheim canisters, 60gal tank, a wet/dry, powerheads, 60gal acrylic, test kits, hose, air pumps, salt and more crap than I knew what to do with. I got all this stuf for 50 BUCKS! So the quest began. Since then, I have unknowingly cycled the tank a few times learning how to clean the filter(s), feeding the fish, and stocking with live rock. Soon that 20gal was WAY too small and I went into the garage. Soon I was assembling something that looked like a bunch of dirty crap into a new system and the lights started to turn on in my head. I assembled a canister and before I knew it I was cycling the 60gal, purchasing more live rock, and adding damsels to the fire. :- )

Now, the 60gal has been up and running for about 3 months. I hate to admit it but I have brought death to a few fish and invertabrates. I was not prepared for this even though I tried.

My newest update is an addition to my filtration. I wanted only fish and live rock. Something for my daughter and I to enjoy together and we both can learn at the same time. I finally got fed up with leaking second-hand equipment. I bit the bullet and purchased a ProClear 125 with a Mag7 pump. It has only been a week but my water has NEVER been so immaculate in its whole 3 months. This is still a young system, I know! But, I have some plans for the future!
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Old 07-14-2006, 10:34 PM   #2
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how about a pic... keep reading there is a lot to learn on the site.. Ask any quetions, we have a lot of folks here willing to help out.
Take things slow and read, read and read some more..... Slow is the key..
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Old 07-15-2006, 10:37 AM   #3
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I have a Pro clear 150 that I modified a bit. I removed all of the bioballs and the tray they sat on. Then I filled the chamber a little over half full with LR rubble. It is a much better filter media then bioballs. You will have to raise the water level in the sump to cover the LR rubble. I have a couple pics in my gallery if you would like to see what I did. It would be good timing since you have just installed it. Switching now can be done without much disturbance to your biofilter.
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UGH! Any words of wisdom on the procedure to display images/pics?

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the easy way is to go to a host site and then post he image link in a post.
I use photobucket.com
you don't have resize with PB either...
it gives you 3 links to copy and paste after you upload a pic.. copy the last one and paste in a post here.. that is very easy..
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Old 07-17-2006, 10:38 PM   #6
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Thanks seaham!

Here are the images. Please disregard the dates. My camera runs through batteries and I get annoyed with resetting it all the time.

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This is the whole gang

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This is the "the urchin in question"

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This is "This is my small polyp "culture" *wink*
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what kind of clown is the little one? I love black clowns...
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May I recomend a book to pick up- The Conscientious Marine Aquarist (Robert Fenner) It is an excellent read for anyone beginner to intermediate, and it's quite inexpensive for such a large book.
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I have to admit something.

My water has NEVER looked this ~FINE~ in my whole life! I had struggled with the water and the cycle for about two months! I was using just one eheim2213. DUH! What a dummy! So I got REALLY excited with all the pieces and parts in the garage and I started a frankenstein eheim2215. A couple weeks later I bit the big one and implemented the ProClear.

My PH stays a consistent 7.8, ammonia0, nitrate0, and nitrate0-5.0ppm

I am very well aware that I am jumping the gun by about 3 months but I am SO happy to be able to leave my lights on as long as I want and feed my fish as much as they need without having to worry about algae blooms or detritis in the gravel.

YES! The little black fish is a Percula. I thought he was the coolest thing when I saw him at the store. He was $10 cheaper than the orange guys too. "DISCRIMINATION hurts everyone" LOL

I think he is the coolest thing in the tank. He will eat ANYTHING. He sits back and eats the chunks that float his way. He is not picky when it comes to food but he can have an attitude when it comes to his space. I am hoping to pick up an anenome that will host him in a couple of weeks.
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