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Old 02-24-2010, 11:21 PM   #21
 
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Well long time since an update! First off thanks Pasfur for the PM and Wake for the help you have given me so far.

I want to clarify some things. One my goal with this tank is not primarily a Coral tank, instead I would like to keep fish/inverts and use a few pieces of coral for different colors and for icandy. I think my stocking plans in the near future include either a purple or regular firefish in addition to skunk shrimp. For corals I really think I want to keep it simple. I am ruling out SPS because of my lack of experience and the fact that my system won’t have the ability to support them. Instead in a perfect world I would want 1 candy cane LPS, some Zoas, and some mushrooms. Everything I have read/researched leads me to believe these would be ideal for a system like mine.

Now my lighting I had a big trip to my LFS’s to set up my Refugium. In the store, as a total impulse buy, I bought the ‘Power Glo, T8, 18000 K bulb’ just because it was $10. It says that it is ideal for Marine Aquariums and Coral. I don’t know how truthful this is and the employees at the store thought it would be fine for the corals I mentioned above. My gut tells me it will not be satisfactory but I thought I would run it by here first. The Coralife Aqualight Quad Dual PC 1x96w that I thought was at Petco was instead is the http://www.marineandreef.com/Aqualight_Compact_Fluorescent_1X28W_20_Coralife_p/res53000.html . Will these work with the corals mentioned above or do I need to think of another option. I really don’t mind doing DYI projects if it will save me money because that money can go into other important things and DYI projects are fun!

Well the goal of this past weekend was to set up a refugium, and I give myself a D overall on the success of this weekend. I bought a 5.5G tank which will work great, the same model power head as the other in the tank, Chaeto, rubble, and 20lbs of aragonite sand. At Home Depot I picked up a great bulbs and an even better clamp on lamp for $3 because it had a little dent in it. SO I forgot to get glass/acrylic dividers for the refugium. But I thought that wouldn’t matter so I hooked up the system and I Thought everything was great until I realized that I had forgot to get an overflow box and I just had a bunch of tubes running through my tank. And as I was wondering how I could get an overflow box I heard I little drip followed by water pouring over and out of the refugium. So now I know my power heads don’t output the same amount thus I will need to get ball valves to compensate for this. Right now I have everything in the refugium just running as its own system.

New Livestock:
I was starting to see some leftover food in the sand pretty consistently and my sand bed wasn’t really being aerated to my liking so I added a Nassarius Snail. I also wanted to see if there was anything wrong with my water for shrimp so I got a cheap little peppermint shrimp to do a test before I buy anything expensive. And as I was unpacking the Chaeto crawling around in it was a tiny little Emerald Crab. Its about the size of a thunb nail, he is really active openly cleaning the rocks so that was a cool find!

I have been using ‘Purple Up’ in this tank for a while and now I am starting to small traces of coralline everywhere. It also keeps both my Calcium and Alkalinity where they should be. I only use about half of what they recommend (because that is what my LFS owner told me to do). So if anyone is thinking about starting a Nano I recommend ‘Purple Up’

Things to buy this weekend include:
Firefish. Maybe some type of coral if you guys recommend it, and maybe a Scarlet Skunk Shrimp but I think he will be added in another couple of weeks.
Thanks everyone for all the help so far






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Old 02-25-2010, 06:32 AM   #22
 
awesome! never knew an aquarium this size could be a proper running salt water tank.
what kind of stones are that?
good luck with your nice tank
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:41 AM   #23
 
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The Coralife Aqualight Quad Dual PC 1x96w that I thought was at Petco was instead is the http://www.marineandreef.com/Aqualight_Compact_Fluorescent_1X28W_20_Coralife_p/res53000.html . Will these work with the corals mentioned above or do I need to think of another option. I really don’t mind doing DYI projects if it will save me money because that money can go into other important things and DYI projects are fun!
I think you need 2 of there compact florescent bulbs, as opposed to 1 bulb, which is what the unit above includes. But yes, compact florescents will work for what you describe.

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I Thought everything was great until I realized that I had forgot to get an overflow box and I just had a bunch of tubes running through my tank. And as I was wondering how I could get an overflow box I heard I little drip followed by water pouring over and out of the refugium. So now I know my power heads don’t output the same amount thus I will need to get ball valves to compensate for this.
I might not be clear on what you are describing. Are you trying to use one power head to pump water out of the tank into the refugium and another back to the tank? You can't do this, even with a ball valve. The only method to maintain the water levels is with an overflow on the display and a power head in the return.
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:45 PM   #24
 
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Are you trying to use one power head to pump water out of the tank into the refugium and another back to the tank? You can't do this, even with a ball valve. The only method to maintain the water levels is with an overflow on the display and a power head in the return.
This is what I tried to do because I forgot the overflow and I learned the hard way it wouldn't work. So I will be getting an overflow this weekend...if I can find one. more pics this weekend if something changes. Any more suggestions on lights and/or coral would be appreciated
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:15 PM   #25
 
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Try your LFS for a used overflow box. A lot of times we trade these in when we upgrade to larger (reef-ready) tanks. I traded my LFS my old overlfow for a 29 gallon tank I used for a sump.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:02 PM   #26
 
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BAD NEWS!!! If you have been watching the news you will have seen that Massachusetts has been having huge windstorms that are knocking out power. Well I fell victim to one of the power outages. I lost power Thursday night at around 10:30pm and finally got power back today at around 9pm. And since its winter, the house dipped to around 50-55F in the rooms that didn’t have fireplaces. And since the fish tanks aren’t in a room with a fireplace there temperature started to dip. So every hour I would put really hot water in bags and soak them in the tanks. In the night I stretched that out to every 2.5 hours. This did for the most part keep the tanks from getting too cold. Unfortunately I did have a loss. My yellow clown goby couldn’t survive the temperature dip (around 60-65F for about 36 hours at that temp). I consider myself lucky because A) I have power now B)It is amazing that the tanks didn’t get colder 3) I only lost 1 fish

With bad news usually comes good news and with the death of the clown goby it means that I now have room for different fish. I still would like a firefish but does this mean that I could squeeze two firefish and another type of goby. This would probably be pushing it but with the addition of my refugium I think that my system will be able to handle that load in addition to a few corals.

My LFS also just got an order of http://www.marineandreef.com/Current_USA_Satellite_1X65W_24_inch_p/rcu01003.htm in I know that this is only a single fluorescent light and for $30 more I can get the http://www.marineandreef.com/Coralife_Aqualight_High_Output_T5_24_inch_p/res08600.htm which seems to be the best option. Both are 24” fixtures so I will have to either hang from the ceiling or build a stand type thing to support it.
Wake how much should I expect to pay for the overflow? Just so I don't pay too much.

Any suggestions on the lights or the new stocking options it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Cam

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Old 02-28-2010, 08:11 PM   #27
 
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This will give you an idea of what you can get, in terms of overflows. They aren't cheap, but not to horrible.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:38 PM   #28
 
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I used the CPR90 on my 46 bow and I would say that if you have to worry about power outages, then this is the unit to get! It is self priming when the power comes back on as long as the water doesn't evaporate from the back (which would take a while).
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:49 PM   #29
 
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While those seem like great overflows I just don't think that I can justify spending over $100 on an overflow for a nano tank. I have been calling around to some LFS and they do have some overflows but no one would give me a solid price. Also I think in my refugium I will be doing an algae screen, and I will be doing that this weekend.

For stocking currently I have
1 Nassarius Snail
3 Margarita Snails
2 yellow tipped hermit crabs
2 red tipped hermit crabs
1 Emerald Crab
1 Peppermint

I want to add
2 Firefish
1 Bi-color blenny or Watchmen goby or Clown goby
1 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp

Please give me any advice on stocking list.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:52 PM   #30
 
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It's too bad you aren't in CT! I just traded that CS90 to my LFS for a 29 gallontank (for a sump). They probably still have it there!
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