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Old 03-01-2017, 06:43 PM   #1
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Brooksters 29 gal reef

Tank is up and running. 30lbs of sand and 10 lbs of live rock in. More base rock coming from reef cleaners, going this weekend to possibly pick a few more pieces of lr from an established aquarist tank.
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Stocking.... I'm definitely wanting the pair of clowns and a cardinal (have to see what's available locally). Should I go ahead and grab a cuc package from reef cleaners? I dig the idea of having all that activity in the tank. Would I/should consider a wrasse or goby as well? Would like this tank responsibly stocked.

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Old 03-01-2017, 06:57 PM   #2
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:02 PM   #3
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No pic... it's not ready yet.. should have a worthy photo Sunday for ya'll fine people

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You could do the 2 clowns, cardinal and goby. A wrasse may be pushing the bioload a bit with the rest of the stock.
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:27 PM   #5
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You could do the 2 clowns, cardinal and goby. A wrasse may be pushing the bioload a bit with the rest of the stock.
What about the CUC?

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What about the CUC?

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I wasn't a big believer in cuc, I had read some things discouraging it, fast forward, I won't have a reef without a few snails and hermits now, making my life easier with negligible nitrate increases, actually registering less nitrates in the first weekly period, probably due to less missed food, even though I don't feed heavy.

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I like having snails and hermits too but my wrasse killed all my hermits lol . I have a serpent star whose an all star on the cuc as well. If you do order from reefcleaners I'd get one size down from your tank. He sends a million extra little cerith snails usually
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Good stuff! Should I add an ammonia source for the 10lbs of lr currently in the tank?

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Hey brookster, welcome to the salty side. I too used to only do planted tanks, but finally ventured into the salty side last year and I have never regretted it. The variety of life that you can add to your tank is vastly larger than in freshwater. Just a quick tip I'd have is to get yourself some Chemipure blue for reef tanks for your filter. I couldn't get my water 100% clear and lose the last bit of pest algae I had until I added the chemipure. It seems to completely drain phosphates and dramatically improve clarity.
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You need Nassarius aka zombie snails, watch a YouTube video of them, they are the best!!! They stir the sand and eat left overs.
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