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post #11 of 22 Old 09-04-2010, 09:56 AM
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Can I ask what the purpose is of adding O2 to the 'fuge with the airstone?

i saw that too, and thought your salt creep around the sump must be bad from it. air stones dont really "add" air to the water by pumping it in but rather add it by disrupting the surface tension to allow for more gas exchange. since you have an overflow, sump, skimmer... i think your getting plenty of gas exchange.
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post #12 of 22 Old 09-04-2010, 10:39 AM
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That is one incredible looking tank! absolutely LOVE that black stand! looks great! can't wait for more pics!
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post #13 of 22 Old 09-06-2010, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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Airstone in sump

Thank you for the compliments.
I have an airstone in display and refugium for oxygenation. I have always had them for the last 25 years in all tanks.
I try to replicate the reef environment as close to what I see and read. I have them to move water also.
There is a domino damsel in the refugium, so I have had since the setup started.
The tank and the refugium were cycled separatly and have seen no ill effects from having it.
The water is brought up from bottom of refugium by the air bubbles, so powerhead is not needed.
The refugium is 15 inches deep and 17 gallons.
Salt creep is very little.
My overflow output is below water line by 3-4 inches so no water surface disruption except bubbles from dropping into tube from display.
There is a glass cover over return water section.
I believe the surface needs to be broken not just moved around for gas exchange to take place.

The best time to dive is when there is no swell or water disruption but when the water is moving the fish activity goes up I believe. This is translated by myself into water commotion will be best for my aquarium friends.
I do not understand why microbubbles are so widely disliked except they are not good for viewing.
I am more interested in replicating the natural environment and caring for my aquarium friends.
I usually have about 4 powerheads in main tank. Water movement is naturally occurring on all reefs, so are microbubbles.

I do not have a lot of coral. I am curious about the bubbles affecting the coral in some way?
Is there a problem with the coral and microbubbles?

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post #14 of 22 Old 09-06-2010, 10:55 PM
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I was just curious about the airstone being in there as I have never seen anyone do it for saltwater before. Thanks

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post #15 of 22 Old 09-06-2010, 11:18 PM
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Great Job! I love the look of salt water but doubt I will ever have one. I certainly enjoy looking at pictures of other peoples aquariums and yours is no exception. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
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post #16 of 22 Old 10-13-2010, 03:53 PM
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I have never heard of a Domino in the fuge, or the bubbles, but it's always great to try something new. Who knows what you might find out. Now I kind of want to try the Domino with my new build.

I don't know though. As I am a beginner, what would be the ultimate benefit of putting one in the fuge?
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post #17 of 22 Old 01-14-2011, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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African Blue Star Leopard Wrasse and Red Sea Sailfin Tang

Here are some of the larger inhabitants that I have added.
I have added Marshall Islands Electric blue hermit and some large zoos.
Will post pics later.
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post #18 of 22 Old 01-16-2011, 05:13 PM
Amazing!! I love it!

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post #20 of 22 Old 01-16-2011, 06:19 PM
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That Tang is especially gorgeous!

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