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Hello Guys, i'll be showing pics tonight -- I just got my live rock (not enough 18 lbs so far, but i'll be getting more later on) right now i'm just dealing with building the tank -- i'm still getting water for the tank, just pushed 10 gallons into the tank, and i'm going to need 2-3 more trips.
 

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Its tonight... and well... THERES NO PICS!
bah, camera broke -- i'll have pics tomorrow of the build so far =D.

I just put in all the sand (40 lbs) and it looks decent, only 18 lbs of live rock though -- some of it burried under the sand, can't help much with that since it was recommended that way. I do have some nice pretty pieces on top and that's what counts. i'm going to buy some more, but not too sure what I should choose. total cost was rediculously high, 8.99/lbs for a certain type, and another type was 2.99 (larger chunks that didn't look good)

there were some purple rocks, but it looked like someone painted on it instead it it being natural.

going to have to wait until tomorrow for the build pics guys -- sorry.

it's all cloudy now in the tank -- weeeeeeeeeeee.

40lbs Caribi-sea aragonite sand
18lbs of live rock (nothing in the water swimming around)
Aquatic life Mini Protein Skimmer 115 (sitting in the 2nd chamber of the tank (barely making bubbles)
10k 36 Watt Compact Florescent Lightbulb
Actinic 36 Watt Compact Florescent Lightbulb
3x LED night lights (strange colors [purple])
 

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here's the flood of photos

Tank just wiped down and quickly rinsed


Installed Aquatic Life mini protein skimmer 115


18 lbs of live rock


water clearing up


skimmer working it's butt off



tonight's results (though I changed the landscape of it again.
 

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More Pictures -- re-scaped just now:

I have no clue what exactly is growing, but the tank has been up for 48 hours.


Here's some hairs sticking out of the rocks too (keep in mind i'm a saltwater noob)


Side View of the tank


Front View -- new aquascaping. I'm going to be adding more live rocks to the left and the right hand side of the tank, right now it's just kinda sitting there. The top stone is using the backing to hold it up -- as you can tell on the side view.
 

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Sand bed is about 1 inch -- I would add a few more lbs, but right now money is the problem. I don't have the cash right now.

I'll put probably another 7 lbs in of live rock and see what I can find. But that's probably it.
 

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Sand Bed is good at 1" unless you plan on putting in 4-6".

7 or so more lbs should be enough Live Rock to filter that tank...

yup, that's what I'm planning on getting either later today or tomorrow -- I still have no clue if those little polyps are star polyps, because I have seen the green variety, just not the color I have.
 

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Thanks. I didn't know you could upload linked thumbnails like that. They look like star polyps, but they could be zoas. I can't really tell from the angle...and the fact they might need to spread a bit...
ahh thanks for the info -- I want to do as much research on this as so not to kill them.

right now I have not fed the tank -- it's been up for 3 days and I'm just waiting -- i have no idea what to do next, except just top off water -- there's already foam in the skimmer, though not much and I've emptied all the bio balls and also the prefilter pad.

I've only done a temperature measurement and salinity test

80 deg F
1.023 - 1.024 gravity

I haven't found the right master reef test -- but I bought an API test just in case.

I can't wait until i'm able to add fish. tomorrow i'm going to be adding another 7 lbs of live rock to complete the tank, hopefully in 2 pieces.
 

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man i'm so stoked -- I found more stuff growning underneath the star polyps. i'll have more pictures once they are bigger -- they are growing, but just really slowly. I hope whatever happens next doesn't kill them off
 

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just added my 7lbs of rock -- I also got 1 hermit crab fo fweee.
 

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Haha I knew that was coming:


Moar Rocks!!

New tank look -- just added my last 7 lbs of rocks today, brings me to a total of around 26-28lbs of Live rock.
(These are all Thumbnails -- to get a better picture, you can click on them.

Live rock Aquascape


Growing and Thriving Star Polyps


I got a friend from the market (given to me - hermit crab)


no Idea what type of growth this is:
 
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