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Old 04-04-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Hi from STL

Hello all. I am new to the site. Im not sure how large the STL population is on this site. Any advice from STL is welcome!
Not new to SW fish keeping. I had a 125g FWLR tank with inverts, feather dusters and mushrooms that I successfully moved from Columbia, MO to Gainesville, FL.
I unfortunately had to get out of the hobby for the last 6 years but am back in with a 36g bowfront. I wanted to build in a large aquarium when I built my new house but due to the floorplan it was not possible.

I am building a sump and will have just shy of 300w of mixed lighting for the tank.
Looking to dabble with corals but that won't be till I feel it is well established.

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Old 04-04-2011, 08:48 PM   #3
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Welcome! If you can, I'd love to see any pictures of the sump project you're building, or the current 36G.

There are a lot of people here that are waiting to help, though being a veteran as you are, you probably have your bases covered.

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Old 04-04-2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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Will do later this week. Just did a leak test and I had 2 small but I'll take it for my first shot at acrylic.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:30 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about the leaks... Good luck on getting it all together! I look forward to the pictures.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:35 AM   #6
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Hey welcome to AA, since it sounds like you know what your doing, Im sure a lot of people would love to hear advice about how to care for those kinds of tanks! Im still a bit too scared to try SW haha but theres plenty of people who Im sure could benefit from your wisdom
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:14 PM   #7
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Okay, so I've changed a few things from up above...

Hello all. I was in the hobby for about 3 years until i had to get out about 6 years ago. I am back in and am starting fresh. Quite a bit has changed in the hobby (LEDs for example) and in my ability to be patient. A few weeks ago I was setting up a free 36g bowfront and stumbled upon a 55g with nothing especially no stand. Built a stand and canopy and it is now in my office sandwiched between two bookcases.

I have a eShops 75 sump which will eventually house a Skimmer with a 700 gph return pump. I have a 10g I will be plumbing in as a refugium this week. So far I have 40 lbs of good live rock and will be going for 40 more pounds very soon, also about 70 lbs of live sand. All being said I think the whole system is roughly 60-65g of water.

2 Hydor Koralia 1400 evolutions, a 250w metal halide (15,000k), two 24w Actinics, and 2 LED moon lights. From my understanding light and flow are the building stones of a healthy reef.

I am cycling my tank now and will not put any livestock in until I feel it as established and stable as it can be without livestock.

Okay all of that being said, now I need advice on stocking. I want to eventually have a mixed reef (fish, inverts, easy yet attractive corals).
Here is what I'm thinking:

FISH
-Gold-Striped Maroon Clown
-4 line Wrasse
-Midas Blenny (optional)
-3 Chromis (optional- feel they maybe would be too much)

INVERTS
-BTA for the Clown
-Snails (kinds up for discussion)
-Peppermint Shrimp
-Cleaner Shrimp
-Hermit Crabs (kinds up for discussion)

CORAL (once I have a better grasp of needs)
-Zoos (variety)
-Mushrooms (variety)
-Orange Montipora Capicornus

Okay, open up your opinions, tell your thoughts and through out any questions.

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