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Old 07/22/2017, 08:14 AM   #26
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I am considering sloping my sand from one side of the aquarium to the other to create a more natural look. Anyone ever done this before? If so, what are your thoughts?

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I have on my 55g. It looks cool but if you have any sand shifters the will destroy it like my baby horseshoe crab did.


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Old 07/22/2017, 08:21 AM   #27
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Do you anticipate having issues with the new tank cycling? Having to do this all quick makes me nervous for you!
What lighting do you have on this bad boy?

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Tanks that are not cycled properly can result in issues but usually only a small spike. Once I had to qt a pipefish but my qt tank was drained and had been for a while so all I did was fill it up and add cycled bacteria to the filter. The pipefish is fine, doing well, and eating frozen.


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Old 07/22/2017, 08:29 AM   #28
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Tanks that are not cycled properly can result in issues but usually only a small spike. Once I had to qt a pipefish but my qt tank was drained and had been for a while so all I did was fill it up and add cycled bacteria to the filter. The pipefish is fine, doing well, and eating frozen.


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Everything was transferred from my old tank and am using live sand which should minimize any cycle. I did this with my last tank and didnt have any issues.

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Old 07/22/2017, 08:31 AM   #29
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Cool build. But you may want to consider taking the red Bali star off your stocking list as it is hard to feed and will most likely eventually starve. Also unless you are creating a sea grass tank, you won't need 40 pounds of sand. Everything else sounds awesome. Can't wait to see what it turns out to be.


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Yes, I am a bit worried about my starfish. I have had him for about 3 months niw so Far. I plan on adding new live rock which should give him more to feed on. I think 45 gallon might just be bug enough to support him. I have read minimum for these guys is 39 gallon.

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Old 07/22/2017, 08:36 AM   #30
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Yes, I am a bit worried about my starfish. I have had him for about 3 months niw so Far. I plan on adding new live rock which should give him more to feed on. I think 45 gallon might just be bug enough to support him. I have read minimum for these guys is 39 gallon.

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Typo...minimum is 30 gallons....but who knows how accurate that is.

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Old 07/22/2017, 09:57 AM   #31
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Yes, I am a bit worried about my starfish. I have had him for about 3 months niw so Far. I plan on adding new live rock which should give him more to feed on. I think 45 gallon might just be bug enough to support him. I have read minimum for these guys is 39 gallon.

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Should be fine then.


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Old 07/22/2017, 10:01 AM   #32
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Everything was transferred from my old tank and am using live sand which should minimize any cycle. I did this with my last tank and didnt have any issues.

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Perfect everything should be fine then. If you have cycled media from your last tank then put it in the filtration system of your new tank. If your tank has a filter sock then put the media inside that.


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Old 07/24/2017, 10:19 AM   #33
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Update. Moved my hammer and frogspawn coral up higher in the tank. Frogspawn was looking a litle dull in color and see through. Was getting about 80 PAR which I dont believe is enough light. Now frogspawn is getting about 220 PAR and hammer is getting about 155 PAR.

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Old 07/25/2017, 02:33 PM   #34
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Day 3 post transfer and everything seems good. Starfish had a bit of a scare. Started curling his legs. Still not totally out of the woods yet with him.

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Old 08/04/2017, 10:55 PM   #35
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Update: So, sand started turning brown. Was getting really frustrated so I went a bought a diamond goby. Boom! Sand back to white within a day.


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Old 08/05/2017, 03:40 AM   #36
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Awesome build, I love the smaller tanks!


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Old 08/06/2017, 10:55 AM   #37
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Awesome build, I love the smaller tanks!


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Thanks. Need to figure out how to take advantage of these back chambers. Want a fuge but no much space to work with.

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Old 08/06/2017, 06:06 PM   #38
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Rainbow Ricordea. Pictures don't do it justice.


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Old 08/06/2017, 06:55 PM   #39
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That thing is awesome!

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Old 08/06/2017, 06:58 PM   #40
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That thing is awesome!

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Its bright bright orange in the blue LEDs. Wish I was able to.capture how it really looks.

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Old 08/11/2017, 01:09 PM   #41
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Update: came home for lunch and saw that my diamond goby jumped out of the tank. Sucks. I knew that might happen and even had glass cover to account for it but never used it. Lesson learned. There goes $30 and a beautiful fun fish.

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Old 08/12/2017, 04:00 PM   #42
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That's a sweet upgrade! Sorry about the Goby.


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Old 09/13/2017, 07:44 PM   #43
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little update. I replace my diamond goby with another diamond goby. I also have a lawn mower blenny. Just picked up a six headed frogspawn two weeks ago.mtank is definitely looking fuller.


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