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mullinsd2 07-23-2009 07:18 AM

i woke up , and this was in my room..
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Haha. I upgraded yesterday with a great deal. Here is the first fts. What kind of angel is that? He gave it to me with the tank.

wake49 07-23-2009 07:28 AM

That's a Coral Beauty. Caution if you are doing corals, may nip at polyps. Many have kept this angel with success in a reef enviroment, but have a backup plan. I heard that they are less likely to pick if kept well fed. I am tossing between the Coral Beauty and a Flame Angel.

Nice looking tank. What size? Don't forget to increase that sand bed! Can you fit a sump now?

mullinsd2 07-23-2009 10:53 AM

I got everything for 525. Its a 75 gallon tank, amazing stand and open canopy with 8 bulb current usa ho lighting, 16 gallon sump, extra heaters, brand new multi sl protein skimmer (rated for 120 g i believe), I got two fish, the angel (will get rid of him if need be) and a gramma: gramma is in his own tank because I think he is beginning to die from the move and stress, I got all of his inverts from the tank as well.He included all the plumbing and return pump. I am loving this tank already. The actinics look so great, and I am looking forward to building this into a nice reef. All of the rock has been cycled, or been moved from an established tank to this one. So was the sand bed, it stayed in the tank while being moved. I saw a slight ammonia spike, but I think it has already passed. The rest of my other inhabitants were in a 10 gallon... and then I moved them into the tank; two clowns and a goby. I think I lost the pistol because I couldn't find him!!!

wake49 07-23-2009 09:45 PM

Pistol shrimp will hide in rocks and burrow into sand, so definitely keep an eye out!

Have you moved the sand from your 45 to this tank?

Cody 07-23-2009 10:53 PM

The sand bed is fine. If anything, I would take some sand out rather than put some in. Since there is already a fish in there, adding sand would be terrible, and you already have a less than 1" bed in some places which is my personal preference.

You want either 1" or 5", and no in-between.

mullinsd2 07-24-2009 09:30 AM

I agree cody. I had a 5 inch in my previous, and I had trouble with little sand storms with only one power head running. I am sticking with the 1 inch bed... it is just enough for the nas. snails and burrowers to get under the sand. Wake, I kept the sand bed in my previous tank, and I am selling it to someone, so maybe they will get a free pistol... haha. It is okay. He was super small. If I get another one, I want to try and get a little more mature one that I can see w/o a magnifying glass.

mullinsd2 07-24-2009 09:40 AM

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Cleaned up the tank some...... I think this thing is ready for a cheap easy coral already. Calcium is at 450 w/o dosing. Probably because of the coraline algae already growing everyone when I got it...... it was in the tubing and all over the back glass. You can see it on the pics on the overflow. Tell me what you think. All params. are good, but I might need to raise sg: it is 1.023. FTS with all lights and fts w/ just actinics. Allthe fish I have are now in there.

mullinsd2 07-24-2009 09:43 AM

I need a better camera!!!!!! Wake, I have already noticed the coral beauty pecking around the tank like crazy, and he/she is eating well. If I was picking between the two, I would go with the flame; I think it looks better, personally. They do have really similar patterns on their sides ,though.

Jake258 07-24-2009 10:09 PM

Your tank really looks like it is coming along for two days old! i hope that u can get a good camera i love to see some closeups. hope you don't run in to any problems.

mullinsd2 07-24-2009 10:46 PM

Yeah, it is new to me, but the tank was not broke down until I went to pick it up, and then it was rushed to my house, and 20 gallons of its water was transported as well. The rest of the water came from my other tank taht I broke down, and all of the rock has been in a tank, and then transferred to this one. I will not be adding any fish for a good bit, but I do want to add a cheap coral soon.

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