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trreherd 12-01-2006 11:59 PM

general saltwater information
 
1-so i have a overflow box and i was wondering what would work to suck the air out of the siphon. On the directions it said to use a 250 gph powerhead but that seems like a lot for my tank. will a 130gph powerhead work?

2-I am checking out my options for providing curculation in my 15 gallon tank and i was thinking about haveing the flow from my sump(prolly 300gph) mixed with the flow from a magnum 250gph filter mixed with a powerhead.will this create the rite kind of current in my tank?

3-When i do a water change is a gravel vac nececary or can i just siphon the water from the main tank and sump?

4-What kind of mantainece does lr require? I heard you should scrub it once in a while.

5-What would be a good cleaner crew for a 15 gallon(reef safe of course) sea cucombers look like detrus eating machines.-but what about crabs stars and snails?

that will be all.

caferacermike 12-02-2006 12:38 AM

1. I've set up many of those overflows as you mentioned. All I did to get them running was to put the piece of tubing on the fitting and suck the air out. When the box is full of water it will continue to siphon, never breaking. But you will need to plug the tubing or lay it back in the overflow box to keep it submerged. I never understood why they tell you to run it to a powerhead. Running it to most any powerhead like a Maxijet will do it as well.

2. Sounds like you will have a good amount of concurrent flow. Meaning it will come from many directions instead of one.

3. I personally do not gravel vac but then again I can't because of my rock work. I do hand turn it from time to time.

4. I've done nothing ever to my live rock. Make sure it is cured before adding it to an established tank or buy all you can and cure it during the cycling process.

5. I really like my tiger tail cukes. You should think of a shrimp or 2. I'd look at getting about 2 cerith and about 20 nassarius snails. Maybe between 5-20 tiny hermits. A small serpent star or white sand star might be acceptable. I recommend shopping online for "cleanup crews" to save a buck.

trreherd 12-02-2006 06:31 PM

so i bought my tank today! It is a 20 gallon high with oak trim. It is a tetrafin. I was a little disipointed that it was not a all-glass but it looks of good quality.
I know high tanks are not the best for saltwater tanks but i plan on placing my high light corals up top. I will still have 6.25 wph so hopefully a clam is still an option.
1-it came with a hood and a flourecent t-12 light bulb can i buy a 65k bulb and use that light to grow cheato in my sump?

any sugjestions on what i should do with my tank? (as far as coral rock and inhapentents go)

Melissa 12-03-2006 07:38 AM

well as far as inhabitants go there is not many....you can have either oscellais or percula clowns, most gobies, some blennies. However some gobies and blennies can be difficult because they are pickey eaters and only really eay live food. you could also try a damel if wanted or a Pseudochromis.

In our 20 gal. we have 2 oscellaris clowns, a 4 stripe damsel and a purple firefish goby. so this is kind of an example, although you can get what you want.

usmc121581 12-03-2006 07:46 AM

As far the as the sump I use a regular flourescent bulb because for 10000k broke, but that 65w will be good

trreherd 12-03-2006 02:32 PM

i need to repait a broken cpr overflow box what would be the best glue to use? I was looking at the glues at a local hardware and i found some epoxys that said for marine use but i did not buy it cause i dident know if it would be fish safe.

trreherd 12-03-2006 05:05 PM

''well as far as inhabitants go there is not many....''

I wouldent say that, well maybe if i followed the recemended tank size per fish that the seller recemended than i would be limeted.
Buy reely if i wanted to i would put a flame angle in here i would. I would put a small angler. I would put a dwarf lionfish. And going against what mike told me i would put a garden eel in here. These are just some examples(not that i plan on putting these in my tank.)

As far as what is going in my tank this is what i planed on.
30 pounds lr
a whole bunch of corals(brains,polyps,shrooms,soft, anthing good lookin
a bulb tip ananomone.
for the fish and inverts i plan on putting in here are 1fire shrimp,1cleaner shrimp(skunk),one pistol shrimp,one pepermint shrimp,1 sexy shrimp,1lawnmower blenny,one shrimp goby(not sure the exact one yet),1-2 clown gobys,2 clowns,1 court jester goby,

I know when i go to my lf im going to see something and want it so i will prolly end up with more fish than that.
What do you guys think of a spotted box fish?-my lf had one and it was beutiful.(they stay small)

Melissa 12-04-2006 12:45 PM

I wouldnt recommend putting a bubble tip anemone or any anemone rather in a 20 gallon tank, esp. if you plan on keeping corals. The bubble tip can grown alteast 12 inches in diameter, which would be to large. Not to mention the fact that anemones tend to move quite frequently and will more than likely sting whatever corals you put in your tank.

And just another recommendation is waiting untill your tank is well established before putting in any type of goby or blenny. They tend to be finiky eaters and some will only eat live foods.

I hope this will help some with your plans for your tank.

Melissa 12-04-2006 01:44 PM

I also forgot to add that a boxfish is not a good choice, they will eat invertibrets.

trreherd 12-04-2006 02:39 PM

Thinks for the info :D
i still need to know what kind of glue i should use to glue my overflow?-will normal epoxy work,or will it leach chemicals into the water.


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