Dipping toes into salty water...

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

  1. gimmito

    gimmito Supporting Member

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

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    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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  3. gimmito

    gimmito Supporting Member

    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

    swk Guest

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    Painted the back in my lunch break


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  5. swk

    swk Guest

    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

    swk Guest

    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

    swk Guest

    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

    rygh Supporting Member

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

    swk Guest

    Perfect!
     
  10. swk

    swk Guest

    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

    swk Guest

    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

    HiFidelity Guest

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

    swk Guest

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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

    swk Guest

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    Stand built, drains plumbed


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  15. HiFidelity

    HiFidelity Guest

    looking great, nice stand
     
  16. swk

    swk Guest

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

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  17. magnetar68

    magnetar68 Supporting Member

    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.
     
  18. swk

    swk Guest

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    Skimmer....check!


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  19. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    Answers in bold below;


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

    V
     
  20. swk

    swk Guest

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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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