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Old 02/20/2018, 06:51 PM   #10626
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Hi

Hi all. Long time viewer but new to RC. Getting back into saltwater. I had a 110 15 years ago but had to give it up. Starting back up with a 75 and am going to try to remember all my mistakes from the past and do things better this time around. I eventually want to get a much bigger tank but want to see how things go with this first. I am plumbing everything to the basement where I can do all my work without crawling under a stand. RO/DI, drains, sump, refugium etc will be down there, spread out at a comfortable level for working.
Excited and nervous.
I drilled my tank, painted my back glass panel, installed overflow, and set up aquascape. Tomorrow I rinse and put in sand and make my RO/DI water.


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Old 02/20/2018, 07:30 PM   #10627
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Hello, I was a member years ago and had a FOWLR 55 gallon set up for almost 20 years. I have been away from the hobby for about 10 years and have decided to restart with a Coralife Biocube 32 gallon. I still have all of my dry rock from my previous tank so I gave it a 30 minute acid bath and it is currently soaking in a 20:1 bleach mixture in my garage. I plan to soak it in RO/DI water with a declorinator after the bleach soaking is complete. It will then dry out (hopefully in the sun) for a few weeks before I put it in a Brute trash can with heated saltwater and a pump for a few months. I plan on going very slow and learning as much as I can before I set up my tank. I am really amazed at all of the advancements that have happened since I left the hobby.


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Old 02/22/2018, 12:08 PM   #10628
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newbie reef wanna be

Well here goes, feel like I'm diving off into the Gulf which is only a few miles away. I know alot more about the Gulf than I do setting up a reef system but I know how to read so I'm sure I will learn.

Got the stand completed today which will hold a 55 gallon display and 20-30 sump tank.

Got a second hand LED which has 12k whites and other various colors so I think I'm good on that end.

Where I'm still very foggy is the sump. I don't want to drill the tank so I need to know how to plumb the system. The examples I have read are all with drilled tanks. I am looking at a 20 gallon tank for sump that has a hole drilled and fittign about 2" from the top but not at the bottom.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am going to start with a FOWLR and ease my way into the full blown reef. I was thinking I need a skimmer, heater and water movers to start. Is there anything else I should be considering? Reactor neccessary at this stage?

MC


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Old 02/22/2018, 07:42 PM   #10629
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Well here goes, feel like I'm diving off into the Gulf which is only a few miles away. I know alot more about the Gulf than I do setting up a reef system but I know how to read so I'm sure I will learn.

Got the stand completed today which will hold a 55 gallon display and 20-30 sump tank.

Got a second hand LED which has 12k whites and other various colors so I think I'm good on that end.

Where I'm still very foggy is the sump. I don't want to drill the tank so I need to know how to plumb the system. The examples I have read are all with drilled tanks. I am looking at a 20 gallon tank for sump that has a hole drilled and fittign about 2" from the top but not at the bottom.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I am going to start with a FOWLR and ease my way into the full blown reef. I was thinking I need a skimmer, heater and water movers to start. Is there anything else I should be considering? Reactor neccessary at this stage?

MC
Go on YouTube and search overflow box for aquariums. There are a bunch of videos for you to watch and they are very informative and easy to understand. Welcome to the forum and welcome to the hobby/obsession!


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Old 02/25/2018, 07:30 PM   #10630
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Hi All, I'm Justin. New here and new to sw aquaria in general. Been a long time lurker and doing my due diligence for the past year or so. About ready to pull the trigger on an AIO reef tank. Can't decide between the Red Sea Max 170 and the SCA 50 cube EcoTech Marine Edition.


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Old 02/25/2018, 09:22 PM   #10631
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Hi All, my name is Prabhu and I have been a member here for a while now. I have been keeping freshwater tanks 15 plus year and I am looking into setting up one salt water setup in the next few months!

As of now I have a 225 and 110 gallon freshwater tank. This site has so much information and I have been reading!


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Old 02/26/2018, 02:01 PM   #10632
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Hello from Nashville!

I’m going on 7yrs w 150g tall mixed reef, but I got some *extremely* bad advice at first (shoulda done due diligence) and my tank has only been ‘stable’ for abt 3yrs now.

The past few weeks have been ALL ABOUT the sump/protein skimmer,etc. I’m super excited ‘cause I spent a little extra & got cool blue pipes!

This forum (RC) has already been very helpful in that reading various threads has convinced me to NOT get an Achilles Tang (sigh).

I have the ‘Terrible Trio’ who have survived and thrived the whole 7yrs: Yellow Tang, Hippo Tang, Foxface. They’re large and in charge! The 3yr olds: 6 Chromies, lone murderous maroon/gold clown, Diamond Goby (my secret favorite), Filefish (AKA evil acan and clam eater), 4 v social Cleaner Shrimp, one reclusive Fire Shrimp, innumerable tiny hermit crabs.

Future goals: an Anemone for The Murderer. Starfish (heater failure this winter got the previous one). Build rock vertically (got our floor braced 12/17). CORALS.

I have 40+ yrs X w freshwater, esp Disqus, but I’m a sw noob, made the leap shortly after retirement - hubs was silly enough to think this would be an inexpensive hobby. HA!

Looking forward to learning!!
~ Laura


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Current Tank Info: 150g tall Mixed reef 30g sump, Simplicity protein skimmer [loaner heaters atm] 5”+ fish: Hippo Tang, Foxface 4.5”: Yellow Tang, Diamond Goby 2.5” & under: 6 Chromis, Filefish, murderous Maroon/Gold Clown + Cleaner Shrimp, Fire Shrimp, H Crabs
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Old 02/27/2018, 09:01 AM   #10633
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Hi, I'm Paul, based in NJ, travelling Europe atm. I'm a total newb and decided to try my hand at that after my trip to Thailand. Tried snorkeling at Kata beach and the reefs and the underwater life took my breath away (literally). Staying impressed ever since (Thailand forever in my heart https://tranio.com/photos/adt/92d7b2...9/1024x768.jpg) though I can carry out some preparatory research to start asap when I get home. I've already seen tones of advice for beginners and useful insights, so going to read hard. Thank you for having me!


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Old 03/02/2018, 09:00 PM   #10634
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Hello RC my name is DT really new to the site I've had a 90 running for 3 plus yrs an just got done putting up 125. 6 foot tank with a esopps 200 an a reef octopus an I'm dieing to figure out how to post my pics of new tank looks better every time I do something with it the sites been very helpful to me so far


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Old 03/02/2018, 09:08 PM   #10635
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Hello all my name is DT very new to site I currently just upgraded to 6 ft 125 I'm finding this site very useful. So far only one I can't figure out yet is how to post my pics of my new tank thanks RC


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Old 03/03/2018, 07:39 AM   #10636
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Hello RC my name is DT really new to the site I've had a 90 running for 3 plus yrs an just got done putting up 125. 6 foot tank with a esopps 200 an a reef octopus an I'm dieing to figure out how to post my pics of new tank looks better every time I do something with it the sites been very helpful to me so far


If you use Tapatalk & an Apple device, you can upload pics straight from your photo gallery. Hope that helps. :-)


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Current Tank Info: 150g tall Mixed reef 30g sump, Simplicity protein skimmer [loaner heaters atm] 5”+ fish: Hippo Tang, Foxface 4.5”: Yellow Tang, Diamond Goby 2.5” & under: 6 Chromis, Filefish, murderous Maroon/Gold Clown + Cleaner Shrimp, Fire Shrimp, H Crabs
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Old 03/04/2018, 03:07 PM   #10637
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Hello I'm new here and new to saltwater aquarium and I am looking forward in learning from and and all.


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Old 03/04/2018, 04:53 PM   #10638
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Hey there! I am not to the hobby and looking for any pointer and tips you might have for me. I was given a 46 Gallon bow front tank that we are now looking for led lights for.


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Old 03/05/2018, 02:19 AM   #10639
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Well I have turned to the dark Side recently. After running a high tech planted tank for 3 years I have decided to swap out my CO2 tanks for a protein skimmer on account of my fiancé thinking fresh water fish are ugly and boring. I am a big DIY guy and am looking forward to the knowledge of this community!


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Old 03/05/2018, 06:41 AM   #10640
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New 10 foot x 800 x 600

Top of the evening to you all.
My name is Dave and iv been Reefing on and off for around 10 years.
Iv just recently set up a 10 foot x 800 x 600 Wide.
I decided to keep it as Reef safe as possible.

I will post some pictures if I can work out how lol.
It’s 3 months old with some cool fish from a Red Sea sailfish tank to a lipstick and as well as a yellow Tang. 1 large pink square back Anthias + 4 lyre tail and a massive zebra Moray with 2 X wild caught orange clowns.


I’m under the understanding that the new issue I wanted to discuss is common with new set ups but I’m starting to worry as almost the whole front of the tank is infestated with Hydroids as well as the water column is full watching them blow around everywhere . It’s been over a week now and it doesn’t seem to be affecting the sps or lps or Fish. So so late st with what to do.
Thank you in advance regardless of what advice.
Thanks Dave


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Old 03/05/2018, 07:44 AM   #10641
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Well I have turned to the dark Side recently. After running a high tech planted tank for 3 years I have decided to swap out my CO2 tanks for a protein skimmer on account of my fiancé thinking fresh water fish are ugly and boring. I am a big DIY guy and am looking forward to the knowledge of this community!


Just pointing out that Disqus are neither ugly nor boring.

There’s just something abt a mixed reef though...


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Old 03/05/2018, 08:01 PM   #10642
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Hi all I been a freshwater keeper for almost 10 year now and I have decided to make the move into saltwater won't likely start a tank into late this year early next year most likely so I hope you guys don't mind me most likely asking dumb questions form a complete noob.


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Old 03/06/2018, 08:46 PM   #10643
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Hello from Wichita

New to the hobby. I've had my 75 gallon tank for almost 3 weeks. Looking forward getting through cycle and adding some new fish. Lots to learn.


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Old 03/08/2018, 03:03 PM   #10644
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New to the hobbie but already hooked!

Hello everyone, Im knew here but am loving all the info on here. I am currently running two tanks. My big one is 90 gal with a 3o gallon sump. And my Little is a 40 gal with hang on back cpr refugium. Have had both up now about 3 1/2 months. My big one has two clowns, four yellotail blue damsels, and a jawfish. I have added a couple coral frags the last two days.

My little tank has a maroon clown, a pajama cardinal, and a lawnmower blenny which was added a week ago after i had a hair algea outbreak cause i overfed my clown who always says he is hungry. Lesson learned!


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Old 03/09/2018, 07:13 AM   #10645
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Hi All,

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Old 03/09/2018, 09:06 PM   #10646
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Long time reader/researcher, finally joined this year, coinciding with my 75gal dream build that has just begun! Very excited to learn from everyone and be involved in the discussion!


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Old 03/10/2018, 09:02 AM   #10647
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Hello.. I just bought a 75 gallon tank last night. I went to the pet store and purchased 3 20 pound bags of live sand which I added. The person I bought it from had live rock already which I'm going to estimate to be over a 100 pounds of it which I added. The only thing I have done so far is mix the water, add the sand and put in the rock. I have a regular hang on the back of the tank filtration system in there along with one heater. I need to know what all I need to start before I add fish. The help and knowledge would be more than greatly appreciated


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Old 03/10/2018, 09:06 AM   #10648
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I would say I am new again, I only have 25 ish posts but I need to ramp that up so I can purchase things on here.


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Old 03/13/2018, 01:09 AM   #10649
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New fromthe PNW

Hello all. I'm not really new here but am new to the hobby. Thanks to all of you in advance as I know at least one person that reads this will be the one helping me in the future.


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Old 03/13/2018, 06:02 PM   #10650
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Hello everyone. I am new here and new to the hobby. I must say I really got in over my head with this fish thing, I think. I really enjoy it but was not very patient when setting my tank up and now have many problems. Not knowing much when I bought my 32 gallon biocube, I asked the store owner at my LFS how many fish can I put in this aquarium. He was like 10 or 12 would be ok. It was a Christmas present for my kids so I needed fish as soon as I could (lacking patience). I waited like a week. Bought 4 damsels. Waited like another month bought a couple pieces of live rock and a nundibranch snail.. After a couple more weeks I bought a puffer, clown, filefish, a tang, to little urchins and a trigger fish. Took triggerfish back after it killed my snail and started fighting with the tang. They gave me 2 crabs and a royal urchin in exchange. Lots of algae. I believe I need more live rock and less fish but I didn't know. Anyways. I've had the royal urchin for just over a week now and it died. Don't know why. My ammonia is always good. I don't have anything to test everything else but will be shipped tommorow. My other urchins are alive and active still. My fish seem to be enjoying life. Im not sure what happened. Help please.

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