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Old 02-23-2010, 03:28 PM   #111
 
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Upgrade Baby!

Well your not going to believe this, but I am already upgrading. Ive talked to my wife and we have agreed. Ill be ordering the tank and stand tomorrow. Im going to be getting a new 75 gallon! I dont know much yet as far as whether or not there is room under the stand for the 29G to be used for a sump or not but either way, IM UPGRADING! Can you tell I'm excited?

Obviously Ive wanted to upgrade since I started but didnt think I would be able to since I already invested so much money into the 29G tank but I read on another thread today where Pasfur said the AquaC Remora will work on a 75g tank with an upgrade to a mag3 pump. So before I get to carried away Pasfur I would love a confirmation here.

I mean worst case scenario I could run this skimmer in combination with another if I had to. But I obviously wouldnt get the $200 back I just spent on it if I tried to sell it. Ill try to have more details later. The kids are driving me insane right now and my mind is going in a thousand directions so I will be back later with any additional info that anyone might request.
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Old 02-24-2010, 02:28 PM   #112
 
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Ehhh.... I actually linked to the AquaC Remora Pro, which is a larger version of the Remora. That being said, i would not personally let this get in the way. I say upgrade to the 75, and lets just see how it goes. Yes, I would have recommended the bigger Remora Pro to begin with, but the Remora is not a bad skimmer on its own right.

As for upgrading the pump, I'm not sure. There is a different prefilter box for the Mag than what you have now, so the cost is a bit more than you think. But if you can handle the cost, then I do think the Mag would increase the capacity of your skimmer.

I will tell you this. I don't know what your plans are, but I would strongly recommend that you use a 4'' to 6'' sand bed. Using a 1'' sand bed AND an undersized skimmer is not good.

Go for it. You will be fine.
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Old 02-24-2010, 03:24 PM   #113
 
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Oh dont you worry, it wont stop the upgrade. Im moving to a 75G if I have to use the 29G for a year in order to get the parts together! Im currently waiting for some communication between another member of our forum who has a friend selling a package deal for a great price. The problem is the person with the deal is a couple states away so I dont know how we would arrange getting it here. If that doesnt work out I will be ordering the tank and stand ASAP because they are on sale right now. I can buy a brand new stand and tank for $275, and its a nice wood stand not something made from plastic or metal. The regular price on the combo is normally $479 so I cant beat it.

Ill keep everyone posted. The current 29G looks much better now that I have a skimmer. The water has cleared right up and I changed the background to a plain black one and I like it alot better. Ill try to get a picture up tomorrow or something. Ill be getting some more of my cleanup crew on Saturday and maybe a pair of clownfish to keep me for going crazy while putting together the 75.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:06 PM   #114
 
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get a tank with predrilled with overflow
use the 29g as a sump/refugium
trade Remora for in sump skimmer
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:33 PM   #115
 
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Added the first real livestock today, w00t! Heres what I got

3) Nassarius snails
2) Amphiprion Ocellaris
1) Lysmata debelius
1) Flower Leather
1) Capnella

I think I might wait a bit on the upgrade to a 75 so I can finish setting this tank up properly. I need better lighting. More than likely when I do upgrade I will use this tank for a frag tank so I will need the lighting regardless. I bought Formula two flake food as well as a package of frozen mysis shrimp as well. Everyone is still pretty excited about being in their new home so I wasnt able to get the best of pictures but here are a couple,





Ill probably do some research tonight and find a vendor that can be trusted and order a light. Ill keep everyone posted and try to get some better pictures tomorrow.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:41 AM   #116
 
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I also got at least one hitchhiker starfish on one of the corals. Its hard to tell because I know the tentacles of birttle stars can be quite long but it appears that there are two of them. Now Ive got a question about feeding the clowns. They are juveniles are pretty darn tiny but Ive been watching them grow up over the last month at my LFS and watch them eat very well every time Im there. My LFS feeds them a mixture of Formula two flakes and thawed frozen mysis with a turkey baster. Since Ive only got two to feed this seems a bit much.

Can the flakes be used to feed them like you would freshwater fish by just putting a couple flakes in the top of the tank? I plan to feed twice a day, once just flake and the second time flake and mysis. Now Im wishing I would have got a goby or two!

Edit: This is the light that will be ordered later today, http://www.marineandreef.com/Product...53403&CartID=1

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Old 02-27-2010, 07:59 AM   #117
 
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Mike,

I would recommend gently crushing the flakes, holding them underwater, and then releasing them. This is a much more natural feeding method than having the fish swim and eat from the surface.

Also, you will want to incorporate a huge variety into the diet of your marine fish. I have 10 to 15 different foods that I feed, just rotating from day to day. This will help ensure that your fish are getting what they need to be healthy and have a strong immunity.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:08 AM   #118
 
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Todays feeding was AWESOME! Snails popping out of the sandbed zooming around the tank, clownfish darting all over the tank, fire shrimp just going crazy pursuing mysis shrimp floating by. Just AWESOME! I cant wait to feed again tomorrow!

Pasfur, I would love some recommendations on what types of food I should get for the varied diet. I would gladly give them as much of a variety as I possibly can.

Patience has paid off and now the tank is a complete joy to watch. Ive ordered my light from Marine and Reef and it should be here by Friday I hope. I will probably order the new tank and stand next week. My LFS said they are on backorder due to the sale so I dont know what will happen there.
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:36 PM   #119
 
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Ok, a couple of questions. I will ask for details/opinions when the time comes to adjust but when should I add BIonic. I know enough to know to only adjust the one needed or both if needed. So should Caclium only be adjusted when the level reaches 400 ppm or less? What about Alk, when it hits 8 or drops below that?

And recommendations on foods for a good varied diet.

Im still in awe of watching the animals in the tank feed. It was simply awesome! Too bad they cant be fed 10 times a day, lol. Right now im sticking with feeding once a day. Ahh what the heck, might as well throw out one more question, Stocking. Do you think my 29 is large enough for these fish, and if so help with the stocking order (keep in mind I have the Clownfish pair already)

False Percula clown pair
Tail-spot Blenny
Watchman Goby
Clown Fairy Wrasse
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:53 PM   #120
 
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That is so exciting! really appreciate you sharing your stories and experiences all while starting up and upgrading to your new tank. I think it's going to be saving me a lot of mistakes and regrets by starting up with something bigger than I had originally planned to start.

Please keep us posted on all your new ventures and make sure to post lots of pictures! Can't wait to hear and see your new 75G tank get started.

Cheers!
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