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post #81 of 112 Old 12-28-2007, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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#1 You got the 12 gallon all-in-one, check. Decent lights with a false wall, with tons of mods you can do.

#2 You can use that skimmer, but imo you don't need it. In fact I think it would be rather difficult to install it when setting up a fuge in the back is much easier. It would save you a lot of money too. If you set up a mini-fuge in the back, and drop chaeto in (after the tank cycles), you will probably not even see nitrates after a couple of large water changes. Mine's been set up for 2 months now and they've been at 0 for about 1 month (after my tank cycled).

#3 You will not need the Aquaclear 50. It is vital that you do not buy this item, it will just be a waste of the cost of a good coral or bunch of live rock and deplete resources. The refugium you can create will serve far better than this imo. This AC50 would be good if you were starting a tank from scratch with a plain tank, it could be a miniature HOB sump (this method is FAR cheaper than your current plan, and could probably be setup with a larger 20 gallon for still cheaper).

Yes, you will then need to add live sand and live rock. I will follow closely with your tank's development. Good luck. :D :D

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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post #82 of 112 Old 12-29-2007, 10:49 AM
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#1 You got the 12 gallon all-in-one, check. Decent lights with a false wall, with tons of mods you can do.

#2 You can use that skimmer, but imo you don't need it. In fact I think it would be rather difficult to install it when setting up a fuge in the back is much easier. It would save you a lot of money too. If you set up a mini-fuge in the back, and drop chaeto in (after the tank cycles), you will probably not even see nitrates after a couple of large water changes. Mine's been set up for 2 months now and they've been at 0 for about 1 month (after my tank cycled).

#3 You will not need the Aquaclear 50. It is vital that you do not buy this item, it will just be a waste of the cost of a good coral or bunch of live rock and deplete resources. The refugium you can create will serve far better than this imo. This AC50 would be good if you were starting a tank from scratch with a plain tank, it could be a miniature HOB sump (this method is FAR cheaper than your current plan, and could probably be setup with a larger 20 gallon for still cheaper).

Yes, you will then need to add live sand and live rock. I will follow closely with your tank's development. Good luck. :D :D
Thanks. :)

I have been checking in a lot of places, and my Dad told me about Craig'sList. It is like a local eBay.

I have found some nice SW tanks, either previously used or ones that have everything. The one I like is a 29Gallon, and it comes with a stand, compact light, actinic light, hood, filter, and power head. I would need to install a heater, which I already have picked out.

I am starting to like this tank, and I may send an e-Mail to this guy for more Info later on today.
I have a link if anyone wants to see.
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post #83 of 112 Old 12-30-2007, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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I bought a pincushion urchin yesterday at my lfs and it looks great inside my tank. He hasn't left this rock yet, it's eating all the coralline algae, my best rock is nearly stripped ffs.

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Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

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post #84 of 112 Old 12-30-2007, 05:49 PM
Is it a royal tuxedo ( super cool dark blue) urchin?

BTW wanna add FFS to the list of acronyms/slang, lol?
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post #85 of 112 Old 12-30-2007, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, add it, just censor the FF ;)

No, it's a pinkish urchin, they didn't have tuxedos. Couldn't resist, it was small, about 1" in diameter, and only $9.99. Its underbelly is very attractive, it stood out among the uglier pencil urchins.

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

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post #86 of 112 Old 12-30-2007, 07:17 PM
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Yes, add it, just censor the FF ;)

No, it's a pinkish urchin, they didn't have tuxedos. Couldn't resist, it was small, about 1" in diameter, and only $9.99. Its underbelly is very attractive, it stood out among the uglier pencil urchins.
Sounds neat-looking. Pic please?

I really want to get this one 20-gallon used tank, but I don't know if my parents will let me add one to my room.
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post #87 of 112 Old 12-30-2007, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Just do it, they really won't care, trust me. As long as they don't observe the setup stages, they will like the way it looks when it's done being assembled.


Here's a pic of the urchin. It is white in the image, but the pink is there, it's very faint. Almost like a tint, really:



See the edges sort of bring out his pinkness. Also, notice the white patches on the live rock? That used to match the rock, he has just eaten it all. :(

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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post #88 of 112 Old 12-31-2007, 10:47 AM
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Looks pretty, but too bad it is eating the rock.

The thing is about the aquarium, is that my mom really doesn't care if I have a fish tank that will look nice in the end, but my dad wont even let me e-mail the guy who is selling it.
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post #89 of 112 Old 12-31-2007, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Your dad monitors your emails?

In this case, your best bet is to just buy all the parts yourself.

Tanks: 40 gal FW setup, 10 gal Reef tank.

Old BC8 setup: http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=10744
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post #90 of 112 Old 12-31-2007, 09:08 PM
MattD, hi again, i was on vacation, i went to Cancún , now i am back again, sorry to hear about your fan, that was terrific, but sometimes bad things occur in reef aquariums and equipment, hope you can fix it with the PC fan you are planning to buy. The emerald crab looks gorgeous, do not forget to feed it. Anyway, i think you are up to the challenge, start buying corals and remember to buy test kits too! We need to check the main parameters , remember? Anyway, I wish you a very very very happy New Year! FELIZ AÑO NUEVO DESDE MEXICO !!!!! :D :D :D :D :D
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