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post #1 of 68 Old 12-21-2009, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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46 gallon bow front build

Heres a couple of pictures. I had to run to borrow my sisters camera so some of these pictures are from a few days ago but ill try to keep up to date with the rest of the pictures!
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post #2 of 68 Old 12-21-2009, 08:45 PM
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glad you shared them! when is the rest of the water going in?
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post #3 of 68 Old 12-22-2009, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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sorry i couldn't figure out how to type between the pictures to give some captions but there will be more coming tomorrow. the water should be cleared by then and i will post some more pictures. i only have about 65-75 lbs of rock total so i want to go buy some more live tomorrow but we will see what happens....
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post #4 of 68 Old 12-22-2009, 05:42 AM
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Cant wait to see them!
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post #5 of 68 Old 12-23-2009, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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So its been over 48 hours since i added the sand and my tank is still pretty cloudy. I realize some peoples tanks will clear faster than others but it seems mine is taking forever! its actually been closer to 62 hours now. The guy at the LFS told me to add the sand like that (by submerging the bag then cutting it open), hope that didnt do any harm. All my powerheads should be off, correct? What about the skimmer?
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post #6 of 68 Old 12-23-2009, 05:02 PM
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I would start the skimmer, don't worry the cloud will eventually clear up, but may have been a better idea to give it a quick rinse first, but it will clear, I am not sure about the power heads, I started mine right away, and the tank cleared anyways.
you did add the salt right?
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post #7 of 68 Old 12-23-2009, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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I would start the skimmer, don't worry the cloud will eventually clear up, but may have been a better idea to give it a quick rinse first, but it will clear, I am not sure about the power heads, I started mine right away, and the tank cleared anyways.
you did add the salt right?
what salt? haha just kidding ya I checked salinity and everything before adding rock and sand. The guy at the LFS wanted me to spend a little bit more money to get this sand cause its not suppose to need rinsing... guess I should have rinsed anyway. It's ok though, I've got nothing but time. It's just hard to aquascape when you cant see the rocks haha
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post #8 of 68 Old 12-23-2009, 08:45 PM
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A good bit of the cloudiness will go away if you add some rock to the tank. I suspect this is bacteria looking for a surface to attach to. I had this same issue in my 54 reef, which is well documented in my build thread:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...t-build-21969/
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post #9 of 68 Old 12-25-2009, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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A good bit of the cloudiness will go away if you add some rock to the tank. I suspect this is bacteria looking for a surface to attach to. I had this same issue in my 54 reef, which is well documented in my build thread:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...t-build-21969/
Today the tank had cleared up a little but was still very cloudy. I added about 50 lbs of rock to the tank so we will see what it looks like tomorrow. I'll post a pic.

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post #10 of 68 Old 12-26-2009, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Right again, Pasfur. Haha, the rocks definitely helped the water clear. I'm having to do my rockwork little by little because I can only move 1 or 2 of the rocks without it clouding back up but thats OK. I will be attaching a crude picture of where I plan to place my rocks. It consists basically of 2 different islands but tell me if you guys think any of the rock placement will pose any future problems.
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