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Starting to come together...

Posted 08/15/2015 at 05:18 PM by figuerres

so my LED light strips are here, also my spectra pure RODI is here (180 GPD, auto flush and float valve shutoff), went and got some tap cons and an 44 gallon rough neck trashcan for holding make up water. will get that setup tomorrow.

Tank and stand will be here on Thursday afternoon.

Also got a Milwaukee refractometer and a set of basic salifert water test kits, some 2 part alk and ca supplement and starter bio bacteria to help get it seeded before I add any real...
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Informational: My fish are fighting! ........Help!

Posted 08/11/2015 at 01:16 PM by Sk8r

Informational: Help, my fish are fighting...!!!
The old freshwater designations of aggressive and community don't work well as marine concepts.

Marine fish are almost all (including the oblivious-to-the-world mandarins) capable of killing another fish, under one of two conditions: lunch, and if your tank is too small to prevent encroachment on what a fish's biology informs his small brain is 'his' space, or his food supply.

In the ocean, one fish eats another,...
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My 150 G Reef in Tampa

Posted 08/08/2015 at 09:59 AM by figuerres

just started ordering the hardware and base package. I had reef systems in the past but for about 5 years had to stop due to moving and work etc...
ordered the cad lights 150 gallon package, current usa 72 inch pro x2 lights an rodi system and the "Package" for a 150 gallon system from [url][/url]

this tank will be only local life to the Florida waters. I am not planning on adding any non native fish or corals.
part of the thinking...
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Ghosty problems in your tank? Consider your nitrate level.

Posted 07/24/2015 at 03:20 PM by Sk8r

Recommended or a reef---level of 2 or less.
For a FOWLR tank or fish-only: less than 30.
For many inverts, the survival limit: under 40.
Fish survival limit---maybe 100, but it's not going to be happy.

Some things actually use up nitrate: clams, for instance, reduce nitrate, but have many other high-end life requirements, so don't dump some poor clam into a fish-only.
Some corals like elegance also appear to require a little, so zero is not good for them....
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A corals-first marine tank

Posted 07/11/2015 at 02:22 PM by Sk8r

A corals-first marine tank...
I've discussed this a couple of places, and some people are doing it, but let me put forward the advantages and the problems---if you have done or are contemplating doing it, chime in. It's at least worth a consideration, counting how prevalent parasites seem to have gotten in the hobby...

You can start setting up right after cycle.
You put your cuc in, dip, (do a short observation after dip for zoas, particularly) put a number...
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