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Old 10-20-2009, 12:17 AM   #21
 
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correct...umm. as for skimming or carbon...I think I'm goin to see how it does without it at first and then go from there, being as that it is limited on space. the lightin will be a hood I'm getting from a website that is about 9" long and 5"wide andbout 2" high. it'll have the salt water actinic light and flourescent light. it'll be slightly bigger than the actual tank. it is currently out of stock on the site thus my waitin to put fish or anything in it, and just have it up and running. the site also has a mini heater for upto 5 gal. tanks that can be burried. I plan on buying that just to have it if needed. dependin on how big of actual live rock I get for deco. will define how much swiming space there will be. I don't really want a big piece since I'll have the live rock "gravel", but more something an anemone can attach to. as for not getting a bigger tank...i have a 95 wave already and wanted something smaller to just kinda have as an accent piece somewhere. didn't really know what I was goin to put in it til I tought about the nano tanks and heard about the 2.5 gal. tanks some people where I live have.
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:11 PM   #22
 
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so I just ordered the hood since I found it on amazon.com and it was In stock. I also checked out the crushed live rock, which is more like chunk live rock. as long as it doesn't fall through the holes on the filter piece I'm happy. Now, I just need to figure out where I want to set my tank up and buy the water for it and then get the rock. yay!

on another positive note...I picked up 3 electric blue fry at my lfs for real cheap and I put them in my net breeder so they can get bigger before releasing them in my malawi tank.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:00 AM   #23
 
I'm looking forward to seeing this done. A nano is probably the next project after the 150 (though that should take me well into next year, if not the year after.. ).

Can you clear up exactly what the system is going to be so well can all check if it's the best way to do things? However you may feel about the forum, there are hundreds of years of experience available and it can't hurt to utilize that.

Also what the planned maintenance regime is?
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Old 11-11-2009, 01:54 PM   #24
 
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here is the set up right out of the box without the gravel it came with. i just set it up with tap water to make sure i like it where it is. the hood, plants, and rock will be out of it when my hood comes. there was a shipping problem and had to get another one sent to me. it's a compact hood with 2 9 watt bulbs...one being fluorescent and the other bein actinic blue. the filtering is the undergravel filter with thte air stone goin up the back. I will be getting live rock rubble for my substrate with 1 bigger chunk of live rock for decor. I will also be buying my water from the lfs. Maint. will pretty much be cleaning/siphoning every week if not more. I will have it be just the rock/rumble/new hood/salt water for awhile before I add anything else to it. I'm kinda hoping to get some living forms in the live rock to see how they hold up in the tank. one of my lfs sells live rock with mush. on it and you just get whatever is growing on it. another lfs has their live rock in a tank with itty bitty starfish pieces all over and just maybe i'd get one on a piece. so I'm really not sure where I'll get the decor. piece from. as for a name on the tank, it's a tank i got from work which is just a pharmacy...it was their own brand for xmas gifts left over from last year. They just got the best of me after seeing them on the shelf for a year.
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:00 AM   #25
 
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my light upgrade came today. I just have to adjust it a little bit so it's more stable on the top.
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:53 AM   #26
 
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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.

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Old 11-13-2009, 06:22 AM   #27
 
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+1 to what onefish said.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:58 PM   #28
 
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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.

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Old 11-13-2009, 01:21 PM   #29
 
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reverse under gravel filter, meaning you pump water down the tube to push water up and out from the plate instead of having the plate suck the water down, trapping things under the plate causing problems the water flowing upwards helps to better keep things in suspension. if your 100% heart set on using the UGF this is the way to do it. honestly, your better off without it.
the sand may not fall through the small holes of the UGF, atleast at the start. give it enough time and the sand will make its way below the plate.
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:31 PM   #30
 
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just a curiosity question, how would the ugf be affected if I was to use live sand under the ugf plate and around it and then put a layer of live rock rubble on top of it? would it completely block the filtration flow or would it be strong enough to filter through the sand still? I currently have the air pump with max amount of air flow. I recently picked up a 20 long tank for a sump and it had a dig. therm., stealth heater, and tetra 100 air pump. I tetra 100 air pump on my cichlid tank only has one working side so I'm just swapping the two and it might put out more air than the pump on the lil saltwater tank.
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