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post #11 of 13 Old 10-23-2013, 08:38 PM
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Chaeto or Chaetomorpha to give it its proper name is also useful.

Have macro algae and a clean up crew once the water parameters stabilize from cycling and you will be good to add fish slowly.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

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post #12 of 13 Old 10-24-2013, 04:58 PM
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Personally, I would not invest in a canister for this set up - it's 37 gallons and your live rock and live sand should filter your set up IF you do a couple of other things.

Here's my thoughts/suggestions:

Instead of purchasing a canister, use that money on the very best hang on the back skimmer you can find/afford. Unfortunately which one is best is in the eye of the beholder, what one likes someone else may despise. Just do diligent research and look at reviews, current reviews.....

I would also consider a hang of the back refugium, CPR makes the Aquafuge in several sizes with or without a light. With a refugium you can grow the macro algae referenced above AND you can grow/harvest copepods and ampipods in the refugium to feed your fish.

Ideally sumps are the best approach, but you can find success without a sump on smaller set ups.

Do you have saltwater clubs in your area(?) they are a GREAT resource to assist with finding quality rock, sand and other hardware.

Let us know how things progress....
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Have fun and be PATIENT!

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post #13 of 13 Old 10-25-2013, 11:57 AM
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You might consider an in tank refugium. Just a partition to keep the fish and macros seperate.

For instance, what I did with my 55g was just cram in an "egg crate" (1/4" plastic grid lighting diffuser 4'x2' section $11 at home supply stores) about 3" in from the the back glass.

I then added a couple of 4' 2 tube shop lights behind the tank pointing forward.

Macros like grape caulpera and chaeto (ok morphia LOL) took off, pods thrived, and nitrates dropped to unmeasureable in three weeks followed by phosphates a few weeks later.

Meanwhile, my two tangs were constantly grazing on the macros that poked through the eggcrate.

I'm sure you can come up with your own design but you get the basic idea.

Funny how that $20-30 was the best thing I ever did to that tank. And also the most effective. Not to mention the least confusing.


Still just my .02
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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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