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badxgillen 02-25-2011 01:14 AM

Setting up a cheap frag tank.
So i need to make room in my nano reef and dont want to part with any of my corals so i need to expand. I dont have alot of room or money to fuel this addiction so i am just gonna do it with whats available.i am starting with a 33 long for the floor plan and shallow depth for light penetration.i have MTS "multiple tank syndrome" so bad that this is getting set up on my head board to my bed.SWEET RIGHT.anyhow i would like to shoot some ideas with you folks.questions and suggestions?

badxgillen 02-25-2011 11:14 AM

33 long
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got the 33 long ..48" length,12" width, 12" hight.although i am probably gonna do a deep sand bed for the nitrate reducing qualities so it will be more like a 9"-8" depth.sweet for the coral.I have to get a board in place on top of my head board as the tank has a little overhang.not a big problem.I picked up a piece of wood from a friend.

badxgillen 02-25-2011 11:43 PM

tank in place
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got the tank in place and filled. i went with instant ocean as this was the cheapest salt available to me that i have also had positive experience with.i am going to go with a fine aragonite sand bed to benefit from better nitrification do to the fact that i will not have a sump,and to promote buffering and calcium levels.

badxgillen 02-25-2011 11:46 PM

temporary lights
as far as lighting goes for now i have picked up a basic 48" shop light for $8.99 and some 6500 kelvin 48" T8 flourecent tubes for a temp light and it looks real good for the the far end i have an aqua clear filter i will probably use as a refugium as well as added flow.

badxgillen 02-26-2011 05:02 PM

sand and rock
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went with the fine aragonite.and about 8 lbs of live rock to help seed the tank.

badxgillen 02-26-2011 05:03 PM

and my spiny blue lobster.

badxgillen 03-01-2011 11:57 PM

uh oh
well it looks like i am taking things a lil to fast..i added a yellow tail damsel 15 hours after setup as well as my spiny reef lobster.its been a week and suddenly an algae much though that the water apears to fizz with the oxygen being produced and the fall of the granular substrate after the bubbles now i need to reduce nutrients and add a clean up crew..feelings about sally light foots maybe?

badxgillen 03-06-2011 12:51 AM

a crew
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so i went with sally light foot crabs and some calcinus elegans hermit crabs allong with two turbo snails for a starter clean up crew.i also put some live sand and rock from another system to help diversify the benificiary inhabitants.or cycle the tank seems to have worked over night.but to be sure i added phosgaurd to my filter and some macro algaes to the tank.built a frag rack from old egg you can see it is very close to the lighting as well as flow.

badxgillen 03-13-2011 12:40 AM

so i am adding a power head to one end of the tank to circulate the water twards the aquaclear filter at the oposing well as some more macro algae to help with the nutrient uptake.for some reason i am still having a mild bloom of algae.

badxgillen 03-14-2011 12:41 AM

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found a person willing to trade some colonies of pachyclauvularia and xenia elongate for some stock..i hope to frag from this tank to help pay for itself...and these two corals are usualy prolific and in demand so this should be a good least i think so..i wouldnt mind a second opinion.

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