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Old 03-30-2014, 09:16 PM   #11
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Can I suggest you go to your local fish store and cjeck out how some of their sumps/overflows are set up.

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I did go talk to them. There's are totally different. I'm going to go back when the owner is there and let him explain it. He has been involved in sw forever, and has built custom tanks and what not. I just wanted to get an idea before going to see him.
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:28 PM   #13
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Cool, best of luck

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Old 03-31-2014, 08:41 PM   #14
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Another quick question; do I need the skimmer before setting up the tank? Or can I add it after? I'm looking at over $400 just for the skimmer. So if I get it all cycled and set up, then can I add the skimmer? The month or so of cycling would give me time to save up...
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:09 PM   #15
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I can't see that as much of an issue however others may have an opinion. In my view as long as you have the skimmer before stocking the tank with fish etc then you should be fine.

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Old 03-31-2014, 09:13 PM   #16
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Okay thank you for all the help!

It will just be live rock in the tank for awhile, I'm looking into making my own rock so I can supplement some live rock. Where I live, the live rock is $12 a pound, over $1400 on live rock seems way to steep for me... I get that it's an expensive hobby, but when the live rock costs more then my entire set up will just seems ridiculous.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:48 PM   #17
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Wow thats more expensive than here in Australia lol judt be careful with diy rocks, I had some in my cichlids tank and couldn't figure out why my water was never truly crystal clear. Took that rock out, got an ehiem good filter and boom crystal clear.

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I'll test it in my cichlid tank first after it's been cured and soaked (I have a 30 gallon that's basically empty).
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