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Old 05-04-2014, 02:16 PM   #31
 
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So I found this listing: Fishtanks and Supplies it's like 20 minutes from where I live and he's got a 40 gallon drilled, I have no idea if he still has it because at present my phone is not cooperating and letting me pay by phone bill >.> So I can't call >.< but the listing was put up a month ago so I just really hope! 25 for a 40 drilled? Sound good? I know that still leaves a lot of stuff to get but it's a start, yeah?

Also for a R/O system, does this look good? Portable Mini Reverse Osmosis Di Ro Water System 4STAGE | eBay

So I still have a bunch of unanswered questions here, I'll post them again to this post so maybe you can copy and paste and add in your answers in a different color or something?

1. So mixing corals, I know I can't have hards and softies next to each other, correct? Can I have them in the same tank or are there different requirements? What kind of mixes should I stay away from completely? Can I have SPS with Softs in my tank? Are LPS out of the question? Still a little confused on corals and what I can have together and what I can't. I see they have different care and lighting requirements, I should probably keep to low maintinence and low-medium lighting for the most part?

2. So if I used these as Taz touched on: Saltwater Aquarium Buffer: Kent Marine Superbuffer-dKH pH Buffer and Alkalinity Builder and Reef Aquarium Care: Kent Marine Liquid Calcium Supplement with the regular salt mix, is that comparable to using the reef crystals only? Is going one way better than the other if this is the case?

3. I saw another journal about waiting for algae blooms before adding corals, do I have to wait for just diatoms to pass or other blooms as well? As in freshwater, the blooms won't hurt fish, correct?

4. Where can I get the rock? I don't believe I recall seeing it anywhere in my LFS's so probably online? Any fairly decent cheap places that I could get it? --I'll check my LFS again hopefully today.

5. What the hell is a SQWD anyway?

6. Oh, almost forgot, where can I get macroalgae for the refugium? Does it matter which species? I think there's different species, right?

I think that's all of them.....for now lol I apologize for all the questions but I do want to do this right!!
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:58 PM   #32
 
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1. So mixing corals, I know I can't have hards and softies next to each other, correct? Can I have them in the same tank or are there different requirements? What kind of mixes should I stay away from completely? Can I have SPS with Softs in my tank? Are LPS out of the question? Still a little confused on corals and what I can have together and what I can't. I see they have different care and lighting requirements, I should probably keep to low maintinence and low-medium lighting for the most part?
You can have all of these in a tank together, they just cant touch,Yes you should stick to easy corals and as you gain more knowledge and experience try the harder corals. SPS are a the harder ones to keep, lps next, and softies are generally easiest. When you find a coral you want just research it and figure out what it needs and you wont have too many issues.
2. So if I used these as Taz touched on: Saltwater Aquarium Buffer: Kent Marine Superbuffer-dKH pH Buffer and Alkalinity Builder and Reef Aquarium Care: Kent Marine Liquid Calcium Supplement with the regular salt mix, is that comparable to using the reef crystals only? Is going one way better than the other if this is the case?This one i dont know, i use imagine ocean salt mix, i never need to add anything like that. You need to test these before adding anything. If they are low then add. And i recommend seachems line of the priducts Aquavitro

3. I saw another journal about waiting for algae blooms before adding corals, do I have to wait for just diatoms to pass or other blooms as well? As in freshwater, the blooms won't hurt fish, correct?
Yes, you will wait for the diatom bloom to come and pass. There could be other blooms after or before the diatoms. Everyones experience differs lol,
4. Where can I get the rock? I don't believe I recall seeing it anywhere in my LFS's so probably online? Any fairly decent cheap places that I could get it? --I'll check my LFS again hopefully today.
Bulk reef supply, reef cleaners, marco rocks, marine depot, are some of the best sites. Word of caution never buy from aquacon
5. What the hell is a SQWD anyway?
Your guess is as good as mine lol
6. Oh, almost forgot, where can I get macroalgae for the refugium? Does it matter which species? I think there's different species, right?
Reefcleaners, reefs2go
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Old 05-04-2014, 04:01 PM   #33
 
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So I found this listing: Fishtanks and Supplies it's like 20 minutes from where I live and he's got a 40 gallon drilled, I have no idea if he still has it because at present my phone is not cooperating and letting me pay by phone bill >.> So I can't call >.< but the listing was put up a month ago so I just really hope! 25 for a 40 drilled? Sound good? I know that still leaves a lot of stuff to get but it's a start, yeah?
$25? oh yes thats good!

Also for a R/O system, does this look good? Portable Mini Reverse Osmosis Di Ro Water System 4STAGE | eBay
Eh... try air,water ice they specialize almost in rodi i use one of their units and its great, their customer service is also excellent
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:56 PM   #34
 
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Thanks again killavixen! ^_^

I have to find that listing again so I can call the guy! Here's to hoping!
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Old 05-04-2014, 05:58 PM   #35
 
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SQWD (should be SCWD) stands for Switching Current Water Director. It is basically a device that creates random flow in the tank and is generally not very good.

You can get any size tank of craiglist and either have your lfs drill it or you can do it yourself with a diamond tip glass cutter piece. Ideally you want one drilled with included bulkheads so you dont have to buy them.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:08 PM   #36
 
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SQWD (should be SCWD) stands for Switching Current Water Director. It is basically a device that creates random flow in the tank and is generally not very good.

You can get any size tank of craiglist and either have your lfs drill it or you can do it yourself with a diamond tip glass cutter piece. Ideally you want one drilled with included bulkheads so you dont have to buy them.
Lol! He was charging me 80 bucks for it because he made it himself! I told him; you wouldn't pay for a used car at it's original price, would you? Geeze, some people! He told me he didn't care about the money either

And thank you! I'm still a bit rusty on the hardware part of this all. I've heard that rigid plumbing is better than soft? Is this true or just personal preference?
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:48 PM   #37
 
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Plumbing wise it is personal choice but a lot of people use them both.

Soft tubing coming from the overflow to the sump and then hard plumbing for the returns.

Hardware is quite simple really, it sounds complicated but it really isnt.

You basically need (this is in an undrilled tank)
1) Overflow to get water from the tank to the sump
2) Return pump to get water back to the tank.
3) Split from the return line going back into the sump.

In a drilled tank it is almost all the same. Expect you wont need an overflow box as the drilled holes will be your overflow, you would only need bulkheads to fit the holes (bulkheads need large holes than the actual bulkheads).

If the tank is drilled for both an overflow and return then a return nozzle assuming it doesnt come with one.

Pump will be dependent on the size of the tank and how far it has to pump back to the tank, and also the flow rate of the overflow bulkheads.

If you want to go hard plumbing then add some union fittings so you can take them apart if needed.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:12 PM   #38
 
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Okay! Thank you for the explanation! Although I'm confused on what the split is? Where does the split go? Any pictures of this? I'll try to google some to see what I get since I learn better with nice pictures ^_^
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:20 PM   #39
 
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Okay I see what the split is but why does it go back into the sump? What function does that serve?
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Old 05-04-2014, 09:01 PM   #40
 
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Okay, just looking at stock again because I'm bored lol. This is stocking as for a 40 breeder that would most likely have a 20 gallon long sump, preferably drilled.

Pair of Nano Ocellaris Clowns from my LFS (How can I tell if they are bonded?)
Yellowstriped Cardinalfish
Chalk Bass
Scissortail Dartfish?
Red Ruby Dragonet
Maybe a Royal Gramma?

All fish are single unless otherwise noted. Would the Darter and Dragonet be fine together if I prove enough caves/division between area's? Also, can I have more than one type of cardinalfish or is it best to stick with one of any species unless a bonded pair? And I know to have absolutely no spaces in the hood with Dartfish or really any fish, I've had enough fish carpet surf to know it doesn't matter what the species is lol. Although....none of my guppies have ever jumped
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