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Old 12-19-2012, 06:39 PM   #11
 
You can use any old 10g ro 20g tank as a sump, no need to pay the big bucks for a built one. Mines just a normal 35g acrylic tank, no frills, no baffles.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:25 AM   #12
 
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Its not cute, its manly :)

Reefing Madness,
I like the setup but Ill just get water from my LFS for now. The salt is instant ocean 46lbs for $40.. dont know if thats a good deal or not. seems like I only save on shipping.

My system was off for the last 20 something hours and it started right back up when I got home. This DIY overflow design works perfectly and its power outage safe. if you dont want to drill your tank I strongly suggest it.

Ive decided im going Large Polyp Stony Corals (LPS) because the SPS are so sensitive. ill get salt on Friday. Do I need to do anything other than add the salt as directed to my system and start testing? how long should I wait to start testing or adding live sand and rock? Thx
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:53 AM   #13
 
Seems about right on the price for the IO.

I'd let it circulate for about a day before testing then adding LR. If I'm wrong, you'll get the correct answer from RM.

Are you adding cured LR or are you adding dead rock and curing it yourself?
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #14
 
You'll want the sand and rock in there when you set up the tank and put water in it. Thats where all the bacteria will grow, and the reason you don't need a mechanical filter.
I still use Instant Ocean Salt. Lil cheaper than you but, its a good salt.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:17 PM   #15
 
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Lighting

I want to have more options for coral so im thinking about getting this
Amazon.com: Zoo Med Laboratories AZMAF230 Aquasun T5ho Hood 30-Inch 2x24: Pet Supplies
with one of these
Ocean SunŽ 10,000K High Intensity T5-HO
and one of these
Coral SunŽ Actinic 420 T5-HO

Is that good enough or should I double up?
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:28 PM   #16
 
I'd go with a 4 lamp unit. More choices for light and you will have plenty for any coral at that point.
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:53 AM   #17
 
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Added Salt last night

Im using an old 10 gallon sump I made a while ago. It has some baffles already. I found an old pump that ill use to mix the salt. I went with Instant Ocean. I got the 50 gallon bag for now. It was $15. I also added the Magnum filter from before but with no filter media at all, just to return the water. The ball valves help control the flow. This little hydrometer was expensive and kinda sucks because it unsticks from the glass and bubbles get in and stick to the needle so im not sure on the readings. Im buying a refractometer on amazon today. Here are some pics
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:35 PM   #18
 
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:07 PM   #19
 
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Just bought some stuff

You have cool smileys RM =)

So I got the double T5HO and not the quad but only cause amazon didnt have the quad. Ill get another one later and just use two.

Heres what else I bought
Delivery estimate: Dec. 27, 2012
1 "Zoo Med Laboratories AZMUL524 Ultrasun T5ho Flo Bulb, 24-Watt"
Misc.; $14.47
1 "Zoo Med Laboratories AZMCL524 Coralsun T5ho Flo Bulb, 24-Watt"
Misc.; $14.45
1 "Automatic Temperature Compensation Sea Water Salinity Refractometer for Aquarium, 0% - 10% Hydrometer By AdeAdvancedOptics"
Misc.; $29.11
1 "Hydor Usa Inc AHYP29101 3.5-Watt Koralia Nano Water Pump 240 GPH Aquarium Circulation Pump"
Misc.; $27.50

About how long does it take for the salinity to stabilize? Is it ok to add a little live rock and some crushed coral today? I only want to get a little to start the cycle process. I dont have to get it all at once right?
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:26 PM   #20
 
For your first time set up. Put it all in at the same time, your not going to hurt anything. When doing water changes, you want the SW once mixed, set 24 hours prior to use. Put everything in you got. Set it up!!!!
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