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Old 02-21-2009, 08:27 AM   #11
 
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No, if i had to do it all over again I would be extremely patient and probably still loose the fish. I think that 90% of the time it is best to never rush any decisions.

However, looking back on it and knowing how it turned out, had i moved the fish a couple weeks ago when I first noticed the aggression change, I would have improved the odds of saving its life.

The real problem was not having an option available 2 weeks ago. I really should have a 10 gallon tank running full time just for these situations.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:36 AM   #12
 
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sorry about the loss, happens to the best of us.
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:37 AM   #13
 
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on the plus side now you can go out and buy 2 $400+ snowflake clowns
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Old 02-21-2009, 08:02 PM   #14
 
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I picked up another 25 pounds of live rock today for this move. This came from a local reefer who was downsizing his tank. $25 pounds of nice porous rock for $25. I now have 50 pounds of extra live rock for my upgrade from the 38 to 58. I'm ready to roll.

Tomorrow we will be building the sump for the 58. I may as well continue this thread and post pics of the 58 upgrade as we go along. Sump pics coming tomorrow night.
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:08 PM   #15
 
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Sump pics will be delayed until later this week.

Today I made the decision on which sand to use for my 58 reef. This was not simple at all. In the short term I need this aquarium ready to go, so that I can move my 38 reef into it on March 21st. The 58 will be my temporary reef tank for about 4 months, until the 180 is complete and ready for livestock. After the 180 is complete, this 58 is going to be a FOWLR.

Wanting to speed up this process as much as possible, I choose to use CaribSea Live Sand. The price of the live sand was the same as the CaribSea dry aragonite sand, which made the decision easier. The # 1 reason I made this decision is that this brand of live sand requires no rinsing whatsoever. You can add it without any clouding of the water, which will save me a couple of valuable days.

On the down side, I usually like a larger grain size for a DSB, so this will be somewhat of a new experience for me. For my 180, I will use the Nature's Ocean brand, but that is another day.

Here is the CaribSea Live sand:


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I also bought a 160 gallon bucket of Instant Ocean salt.

This is already getting expensive!
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Old 02-22-2009, 01:44 PM   #16
 
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good sand but your still going to see some clouding.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:21 PM   #17
 
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Oh I didn't expect it would be perfect. But from what i've seen it is a ton better than the dry stuff.
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