11-13-2009, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by onefish2fish
i would also skip using the under gravel filter completely. i would go with sand and live rock as my filtration personally. since it appears your sticking with the UGF i strongly suggest atleast using it reverse so detritus and debris is suspended in the water. the crushed coral allows alot of nooks to be created for debris to get trapped, similiar to how it will get trapped under the under gravel filter. eventually this collection of debris breaks down causing nitrate/phosphate issues. this same concept applies in any size tank so one must be careful of undergravel filters, large substrates, dead or low flowing areas of the tank, and sponges or netting that can collect gunk should be watched for. i also strongly advise no anemone or clown, at the very, very least no anemone. something that i think would look very interesting is this tank jam packed with ricordias or a nice zoanthid garden of all different colors with 3 or 5 sexy shrimp.
the temp. of the tank will change from the heat off the lights. a few degrees is a big change so just keep a close eye. anyways i like the idea and where its going. keep the pictures coming.
I've only used the ugf the way it's meant to be used so when you say using it reverse what do you mean? turning the plate upside down? and the holes seem small enough to where I mite be able to use sand and not have it fall through. and it's only set up this way just so i have an idea of how it's gonna look...stuff inside won't be there when i set it to salt water. that's just plain old tap in it right now. and I haven't completely made up my mind about livestock. I also will not be using crushed coral in this either a mixture of live rock rubble and live sand or just live rock rubble...depending on how it goes. I def. like your idea of the ricordeas and zoanthid garden. I would love to get bright colors in this tank for sure.
Last edited by sharkie chomp; 11-13-2009 at 02:03 PM..