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Coogi23 08-08-2012 02:26 AM

Need advice about a hexagon. . .
Hello , I just got a new hexagon tank 35 gallons with stand canopy looks sweet. I have it all set up with a Rena filstar xp2 and I'm thinking about getting a bio cube protein skimmer wondering if it's needed? Currently the tank is set up sand salt in it waiting for it to finish clearing up any advice how to get the water clearer faster? I'm thinking of putting a reef in there with fish of course and corals. Any one with any advice on what corals and fish to put in there and what is compatable? Any one with a similar tank? Any advice would be awesome thanks**

rupp3322 08-08-2012 08:41 AM

Well i have a 20 gal fw hex and a 60 gal fowlr hex. We just like the way those tanks look. Honestly if i had it to do over again i would have went with a rectangle or bow front tank for my saltwater as they prefer to swim long distances laterally as opposed to the verticle nature of this tank. Its an awesome tank for fw though! The protein skimmer isnt a must but never hurts. I dont run a protein skimmer on my tank. You just need to be more attentive to your water parameters. Get a test kit for ph, ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites. The smaller the tank, the less forgiving it is. The biggest challenge with a hex is hiding all the equipment on the back. You'll need to be creative with your live rock so that you see the aquarium life and not, filters, powerheads, heaters, uv sterilizers, and cords! My plan for this hex is to convert to a fw discus tank and upgrade to a min 150 gallon reef tank. Just not happy with the hex for saltwater. Someone else will have to give you advice on stocking. Im not sure whats compatable with corals. Ive stayed away from corals because they sound like alot of work and need special, very expensive lighting. Good luck!

rupp3322 08-08-2012 08:54 AM

Oh yeah on the cloudy water, you just have to wait. The best way with live sand is to add about 6 inches of water, then pour in your live sand, and wait a bit, then add the remaining water by pouring onto a plate in the aquarium to avoid stirring up he sand. I learned from my mistake. I filled the whole tan with water then poured in the ls and it took about a week for it o clear up and i had to rinse the filter about every 3 hours because of all the sediment it was pulling out.

crister13 08-08-2012 11:38 AM

You need to cycle the tank before you worry about your water being clear.

msmonikatou 08-08-2012 02:52 PM

I would agree with rupp2233, I have a tank just like it for years. I had it set up as a saltwater tank about 10 years ago. It lasted 3 years but it was very difficult to maintain fish that needed the swimming room. My clowns did well though. I currently have it set up as a freshwater tank for my central american cichlids.

rupp3322 08-12-2012 12:56 AM

So hows it going? Any progress in the hex yet? Cycle started?

Coogi23 08-12-2012 03:45 AM

So I cleaned the filter an got all the cloudys out. Now I put some live rock in there and letting it do it's thing? I have some live rock that came with the aquarium but it had all these like weird living centeped things living in it not Shur Wat? I have the rock in a bucket in the sun hoping to kill those things . Will putting the rock back in ther mess up the ph? Advice is awesome.

rupp3322 08-12-2012 10:46 AM

Ther's always gonna be critters in your live rock and you actually want that stuff. Thats why its called "live rock" . Those sound like bristleworms and there's fish that eat those. Sounds like you're on your way!

rupp3322 08-12-2012 10:47 AM

Oh and i would put the rock back in there!

Coogi23 08-12-2012 04:07 PM

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Okay thanks. Im goin to put the live rock in now. So how long till i put the rock in can i add fish? And how many fish would you reccomend. Ah an chek this out man i think ull like it.

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