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post #11 of 44 Old 09-12-2012, 06:11 AM
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The Jaubert method is putting a plenum, or almost an airspace, underneath the substrate. Most people using this method would modify an undergravel filter to make a space between the bottom and sand bed. In this plenum an anaerobic bacteria resides that completes the nitorogen cycle. Nitrates are broken down by this anaerobic bacteria into nitrogen gas that will leave the aquarium naturally.

I use a 4"+ sand bed to have the same effect as the plenum, as denitrifying bacteria (anaerobic) resides in the deepest part of that sandbed. That is why you do not disturb the sandbed as the aquarist; you do however use reef creatures (snails, gobies and starfish) to turn the top layer over and clean the sand.



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post #12 of 44 Old 09-14-2012, 01:36 PM
So if soft corals are the easiest what would be a few kinds to look into getting for a new tank? What kind of extra care would you have to provide for these guys aside from keeping your minerals up?
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post #13 of 44 Old 09-14-2012, 01:51 PM
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Lighting. What do you have going on for lighting so far?



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post #14 of 44 Old 09-14-2012, 02:45 PM
I ordered a 4 bulb t5 fixture on Ebay and its set to arrive next week sometime. Currently I just have a generic t8 good that comes with the tank but I know that's def not adequate.
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post #15 of 44 Old 09-14-2012, 04:07 PM
You can basically keep any Softy Coral with that lighting. Toadstool Mushroom, Zoas, Pays, Nepthea, Gsp, Xenia.
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post #16 of 44 Old 09-14-2012, 09:51 PM
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RM is right, softies would be the way to go with this lighting. I know that bowfronts tend to be higher, so if you plan on keeping more light dependant corals in the future, you will have to keep them higher in the tank, as T5's do not have the penetration power that Metal Halide does. Not a huge deal, placement is something that every marine aquarist has to take into consideration.



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post #17 of 44 Old 09-15-2012, 12:31 PM
Cool! I added a bunch of new rock the other day so my pile is actually getting quite high in the tank. Should be plenty of light for some soft easy corals them. I'm not sure I'll really get into the more delicate harder to care for ones as I'm really just trying to get a basic reef tank going. I would like an anemone though at some point down the road. I hear they can be kind of difficult.
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post #18 of 44 Old 09-15-2012, 12:39 PM
Anemones require prestine water conditions and very strong lighting. Although I've heard people keeping them using like 6 lamps units. Is your tank deeper than 18"?
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post #19 of 44 Old 09-15-2012, 12:45 PM
It is exactly 18 actually from sand to the top of the water.
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post #20 of 44 Old 09-15-2012, 01:01 PM
Normal tank depth then. 6 lamp T-5 or higher would be recommened then for a Anemone. 6 lamps meaning 4 10-12k and 2 Actinics.
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