Dipping toes into salty water...

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by swk, Jan 9, 2014.

  1. gimmito

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    Tropic Eden Reef Flakes are the best sand I've used hands down.
     
  2. aqua-nut

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    I have the reef flakes. I have experienced the algae-glue-sand-to-rock issues. I blame myself for this. Not enough sand stirring as the tank settles in. I'm not sure what to do about it. The substrate is not a solid mass. I can scoop out most of the hard chunks. Might be time to get out the hammer and go medieval on it!
     
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    I stir regularly to avoid clumping and get detritus in the water column. I don't always do that in the fuge in my FT...I just pulled it out and replaced it.

    John- lmk if you ever make a Tropic Eden sand order again through PA.
     
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  4. swk

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  5. swk

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    I'll probably just use the carribsea special grade reef sand in DT and refugium. I am very comfortable with that product and handles high flow well ime.


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  6. swk

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    Ok, update time...

    Skimmer has shipped and will arrive Wednesday next week and I just purchased lighting

    It's a 24" controllable Chinese fixture purchased through reef radiance. I wanted kessils, but this fixture was literally half the price of 2 360's. I'm sticking to my budget conscious guns on this build cause who knows, I might not even like it! :p


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  7. swk

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    So, due to chinese new year, I will not receive this light until the end of february. Can I begin my cycle without lighting?
     
  8. rygh

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    Yes.
    In fact, that is recommended. Less algae growth during process.
     
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  9. swk

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    Perfect!
     
  10. swk

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    Anyone ever buy live rock off craigslist or anything? Is it best to avoid? I'm looking at getting some material from marco rock. If I'm looking for a fairly sparse aquascape, how many pounds of rock should I be looking at?
     
  11. swk

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    Lumber has been purchased for the stand. Since the tank is just going in the garage I will simply be using the RC template that everyone and their mother uses. Won't be a work of art, but it'll be stout and serviceable. I'll post some pics when I wrap it up.


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  12. HiFidelity

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    you should post here before going to CL, a member may be able to sell you some rock for a good price...
     
  13. swk

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    38" tall stand frame completed. Gonna skin parts for added stability but that's it.


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  14. swk

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    Stand built, drains plumbed


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    looking great, nice stand
     
  16. swk

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    Thanks man! Tank is it it's final location!

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    I would not want to run too long without a skimmer. A good skimmer is very effective at removing organics in the water column. I am a big softies guy and they love rotifers and other small frozen food particulates, but you need some method to export the left overs.
     
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    Skimmer....check!


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    Answers in bold below;


    Hope that helps! And you'll get many more opinions! Good luck!

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    Ready for water and rocks! Just wanna let the sump silicone cure through the weekend and then I'll fire it up!


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