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post #1 of 7 Old 02-17-2009, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new to the forum ... but not new to aquarium fish!!

Hi everyone,

Just thought I'd say "hello" to the community. I've been in the hobby for a few years now keeping both freshwater and marine.

Hope to get some tips and provide assistance where I can ... I especially like helping people new to the hobby.

"See" you on the forum!

Cheers,
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-17-2009, 10:23 PM
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Welcome to the forum, ecooper. Glad to have you join us.

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post #3 of 7 Old 02-17-2009, 10:24 PM
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welcome to the forum eddie.
care to share more about your saltwater setup? size, lights, flow, filtration, livestock and anything and everything in between?
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-17-2009, 10:40 PM
Hello and welcome to FishForum.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-18-2009, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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welcome to the forum eddie.
care to share more about your saltwater setup? size, lights, flow, filtration, livestock and anything and everything in between?
I was given a nano reef aquarium a while ago ... just a small 12 gallon one and it came with everything for an instant ocean!! ... and I’ve been hooked on them since.

A year ago I set up a 55 gallon tank with live rock (for natural biological filtration), sump mounted protein skimmer, several jets to keep the water relatively turbulent (really important ... basically the stronger the better), 4 x 48” 40 watt bulbs (for the corals to photosynthesize) and aragonite to keep the tank buffered at the correct pH.

After “cycling” the tank for a couple of weeks, I introduced a couple of fromia stars and then a couple of weeks later added some cardinals, clownfish and damsels.

Nano reefs aren’t really difficult to maintain however they do require plenty of initial planning. Definitely can recommend getting into it ... even if you start small like I did.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-18-2009, 06:53 AM
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that sounds like a pretty nice setup. what brand/model skimmer? im guessing your lights are T5s? how long has the 55 been up and running now?
just so you know, corals dont photosynthesize, i guess you can say its some what like photosynthesis however corals have a simbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae which is an algae. the light grows the algae and the corals eat it. some corals get their energy strickly from light, some from catching food particles in the water and some do both. the "jets" are called power heads and you are correct flow is very important. not only is sand a natural buffer but a deep sand bed will allow for denitrofication. sorry for getting technical but i wanted you to have a heads up as well as anyone following along in this thread. i for sure agree 100% that it is important to have prior planning before setting up a saltwater tank. is it possible to get pictures?
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-20-2009, 11:29 AM
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hello and welcome,good you have you here. :)

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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