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post #21 of 30 Old 01-04-2013, 10:32 PM
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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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post #22 of 30 Old 01-04-2013, 10:34 PM
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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 #23 of 30 Old 01-05-2013, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Circulation pumps?

Thanks for the input and idea on the algae in the internal sump area. I'll definitely take a look at doing that.

How about circulation pumps? I have one of the small Oceanic 250 GPM pumps that I want to add in. Should it push the flow in the same direction as the water return from the main pump, or should it be set to create a competing current?
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post #24 of 30 Old 01-05-2013, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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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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Are there any posts on here that you're aware of that detail how to set this up?
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post #25 of 30 Old 01-05-2013, 02:11 PM
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Thanks for the input and idea on the algae in the internal sump area. I'll definitely take a look at doing that.

How about circulation pumps? I have one of the small Oceanic 250 GPM pumps that I want to add in. Should it push the flow in the same direction as the water return from the main pump, or should it be set to create a competing current?
Ive found that competing current will make more random flow, out of hitting each others flow in the tank.
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Ive found that competing current will make more random flow, out of hitting each others flow in the tank.
So.....competing flows are better?
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post #27 of 30 Old 01-05-2013, 02:33 PM
I don't know if they are better, jsut giving you my insight on what I've done before. I've had 4 poewr heads in my tank, on the back wall, all blowing forward, it blows everything to the back of the tank, nto a bad thing, you can't see all the crap, but, the skimmer nor the sump gets it, and it accumulates in the tank. I've got my powerheads now, on each end of the tank, blowing at each other, makes it a bit more random. Current kind of goes the same way, but breaks up now and then.
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post #28 of 30 Old 01-05-2013, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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First occupants

So, just added the first of the CUC to the tank.

5 Red Leg Hermits
5 Margarita Snails

Plan on watching them for a week and retesting the parameters before adding additional crew.

Any suggestions on an optimal mix (type and numbers) of CUC?

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post #29 of 30 Old 01-05-2013, 04:01 PM
Turbo Snails, Bumble Bee Snails. Turbis are big, Bumble Bees are small. Hard to put a number on them. I only have 5 Turbos in a 240t tank. Go like 5 Turbis and 15 bumblebees, that outta do it.
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post #30 of 30 Old 01-06-2013, 12:09 AM
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Are there any posts on here that you're aware of that detail how to set this up?
Look at my build going on called just ordered my jbj 28 cf quad i just posted what mine looks like it
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Alright for other people to know how i set up my back compartments i have the heater in its designated spot, the jbj skimmer kit in its designated spot, the filter tray in its spot i am running top-chaeto middle - filter sponge bottom- purigen



Then i put a desk lamp over it like this, not nice looking but it works for now

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