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post #11 of 30 Old 12-26-2012, 02:37 PM
Very True. The most important thing is to do your research first and establish a budget.
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post #12 of 30 Old 12-26-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again for the comments. Found a couple great local resources for equipment and critters. I'll get back to ya in a few days when the water starts to clear.
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post #13 of 30 Old 12-27-2012, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Day 3

Again, thanks to everyone for their input.

I found a great deal on some "Real Reef" live rock at a local supplier and decided to go with it. I added it yesterday along with starting to introduce MicroBacter.

The difference in water clarity this morning is incredible.

I also bought a test kit and plan to begin testing the water this evening. How often should I test?
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post #14 of 30 Old 12-27-2012, 06:30 PM
Testing once a week is fine.
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post #15 of 30 Old 12-28-2012, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another Noobie question....

So, now that the water is clearing, there is sediment that settled on the sides of the tank and back wall. should I be doing anything to clean that off such as brushing or scraping? Or, should I just ignore it and it will eventually get cleaned by the CUC when I introduce them?
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post #17 of 30 Old 12-28-2012, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Filtration.....?

In reading through the posts, I'm seeing differing opinions on filtration. With the BioCube 29, should I be using the bio balls and charcoal filter that are included, or is the live rock and protein skimmer enough?
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post #18 of 30 Old 12-28-2012, 04:52 PM
Live Rock and Protein Skimmer are sufficient. You can use that filter area to run GFO or Carbon from time to time.
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post #19 of 30 Old 01-04-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ready for cleaning crew?

As of today, the water parameters appear to be ready to go.

Temp: 76.1
Salinity: 1.025 g/cm3
Alkalinity: 8 dKH
Calcium: 440 mg/L
Phosphate: 0
Nitrate: 5 mg/L

I'll update soon with the new additions.
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post #20 of 30 Old 01-04-2013, 11:30 PM
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In reading through the posts, I'm seeing differing opinions on filtration. With the BioCube 29, should I be using the bio balls and charcoal filter that are included, or is the live rock and protein skimmer enough?
I have my build the jbj 28 which is very similar, i think you should put macro algae (chaeto) in the place where the bioballs are ( actually whatever is on top) so you can put a light overhead and run that to pull out extra nutrients. I dont know what biocubes filtration is like but the jbj has a 3 layer tray right where it the overflow is and i run my 3 layers like this. Top- chaeto algae, Middle- filter sponge, bottom- purigen
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