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Old 02-02-2012, 08:29 PM   #11
 
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Thank you for the reply. I have egg crate in my 2 big cichlid tanks and hate the stuff! I would take it out if there wasnt over 300lb's of rock in both tanks!.

Will stick with the putting the rocks on the bare bottom. Live rock as I will only be getting a few lb's of it will probably be on the top side of the structure...is that ok? with the 40lb's of dry marco in there.
Yup, your good to go with the way your settin up.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:30 PM   #12
 
Sorry about the egg crate.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:31 PM   #13
 
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Thanks once again...will post pictures once I get the thing going over this weekend or perhaps next weekend.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:33 PM   #14
 
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #15
 
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Sorry about the egg crate.
It is only because sometimes the fish dig to the bottom and expose it or one of my maxijet 1200's loses suction and blows sand all over the place and exposes it. It was more a well I have a ton of rock that I dont want falling down kind of thing..

My 180g has 250lbs alone, with the new saltwater am not so concerned of it falling as such. Dont really plan on getting any fish that really dig!
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:22 PM   #16
 
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Quick update

The Tank ready for the saltwater mix (currently mixed in another pale and with a powerhead). SG is 1.025, live rock will be bought tomorrow and the cycle will begin, once the live sand is added.

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Old 02-07-2012, 07:32 PM   #17
 
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Quick few questions

I am in the middle of making the sump for this tank...I got the only good live rock left in my LFS which was Fiji Tokata rock, managed to get all of a whopping 2.5lbs of it! They sold one guy 300lb's as it was on special.

The tank I am using for the sump is 31"(L) x 12"(W) x 15"(H), the skimmer I plan on getting soon (I have a visi jet running now - I know not the greatest!). says it needs 3-4" below the pump to operate correctly (it will be a 65G coralife super skimmer).

When making the baffles, what height should I make them?...I am going with a fuge and cheato as suggested and wont have any live sand in there. If I am correct, I should be looking at 10% of the display tank as a fuge voulme so around 3.2 gallons as the display is 32 gallons?

Everything is in the tank and running, except the lights as I am fixing a broken bracket....would it be beneficial to throw a raw prawn in to help things along, or should I just be patient with the live sand and measely amount of live rock I got...there is 40lb's of dry marco in there as well.

I messed up the salt mix a bit (nothing new there for a beginner!)...SG is at 1.027 while I was aiming for 1.026, should I be concerned about this affecting the live rock? I have 20g of RO/DI water if I need to top anything off or remove some to get the SG right.

My major concern is I was informed today that the test kit I ordered is currently on back order...it is the API reef Master..,,no confirmed shipping date as yet....I do have the API freshwater kit for my freshwater tanks, can I use the tests for that until I get the Reef Master?

My water is also cloudy although a lot clearer than yesterday, am not too concerned about this but if it doesnt clear in a few days is there anything I can do / add to clear it up.

Thanks again for the advice.

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Old 02-08-2012, 12:11 AM   #18
 
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Quick few questions

I am in the middle of making the sump for this tank...I got the only good live rock left in my LFS which was Fiji Tokata rock, managed to get all of a whopping 2.5lbs of it! They sold one guy 300lb's as it was on special.

The tank I am using for the sump is 31"(L) x 12"(W) x 15"(H), the skimmer I plan on getting soon (I have a visi jet running now - I know not the greatest!). says it needs 3-4" below the pump to operate correctly (it will be a 65G coralife super skimmer).

When making the baffles, what height should I make them?...I am going with a fuge and cheato as suggested and wont have any live sand in there. If I am correct, I should be looking at 10% of the display tank as a fuge voulme so around 3.2 gallons as the display is 32 gallons?
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Baffle question answered here.


Everything is in the tank and running, except the lights as I am fixing a broken bracket....would it be beneficial to throw a raw prawn in to help things along, or should I just be patient with the live sand and measely amount of live rock I got...there is 40lb's of dry marco in there as well.
No need to help it along, you have enough in there to get it all going.

I messed up the salt mix a bit (nothing new there for a beginner!)...SG is at 1.027 while I was aiming for 1.026, should I be concerned about this affecting the live rock? I have 20g of RO/DI water if I need to top anything off or remove some to get the SG right.
SG lil high, but not a major concern. you can take a bit of water out, then just put a few RO gallons back. It will not affect the Rock or Sand organisms, its not high enough to do that.

My major concern is I was informed today that the test kit I ordered is currently on back order...it is the API reef Master..,,no confirmed shipping date as yet....I do have the API freshwater kit for my freshwater tanks, can I use the tests for that until I get the Reef Master?
Not sure about that one. Then again you won't need the kit for a couple weeks anyways. The parameters are not going to run amuck that much in a cycling tank. I wouldn't worry about it.

My water is also cloudy although a lot clearer than yesterday, am not too concerned about this but if it doesnt clear in a few days is there anything I can do / add to clear it up.

Thanks again for the advice.
The water will clear by itself, no worries. Here is where the patience is needed.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:08 AM   #19
 
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I have the patience so not worried there

Glad about not adding the prawn, my cat would probably try and get to it anyway!

As they say in the construct world...measure twice cut once....in fish... start right, stock right, enjoy

Thanks for your response as always.
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Old 02-08-2012, 05:46 PM   #20
 
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I have the patience so not worried there

Glad about not adding the prawn, my cat would probably try and get to it anyway!

As they say in the construct world...measure twice cut once....in fish... start right, stock right, enjoy

Thanks for your response as always.
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