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Justbecause
08/19/2011, 10:50 AM
I'm brand new to the hobby (2 months ). My name is john.... Most of the stuff I have in the 72g was from my 15g (had a little problem and had to pull everything out). 72g running for 2 weeks. So very new and just need some advice in the right direction. Not sure what's in my tank is good or bad. Thank you

72g Reef Ready Bowfront
SunPod 2x150W HQI W/
Euro-Reef Protein Skimmer RSA100
Mag 9.5b Return Pump

LIVESTOCKS:
Toadstool Mushroom Leather
Purple Tip Frogspawn
Pulsing xenia
Candy-cane
Aussie Holiday Favia
Green Slimmer (acropora)
Pom Pom xenia
Pulsing xenia
Alfa and Omegas Zoanthid Polyp
Green Dot Daisy Polyp
Feather duster
Green Hairy Mushroom
Red Mushroom
The rest, still trying to identify (help)

Diamond Watchman Goby
Bicolor Dottyback
Percula Clownfish (3)
Cleaner Shrimp
Nassarius (2) Asterinas (6+) Emerald crab (2)

fshaqrmman
08/19/2011, 10:53 AM
Stock list looks nice. Is the water in the 72 from a previous setup or is it all new water?
Pictures would be great too!
Welcome to the hobby!

neoalchemist74
08/19/2011, 11:33 AM
You added all that in two weeks??? I'm more than a little worried.

Justbecause
08/19/2011, 01:06 PM
72g was new water with 15g from my nano. Bought the tank used. lady was moving and had to let it go. She said tank was not running for a week but all was in a garbage can with pump and heater. Kind of got thrown into this setup. All live stock is from my 15g.

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sorry phone pic...


pH 8.4
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0

how much to feed and how often?
right temperature?
what to test for?
lights, how long on? need circulation, pump what to get?
20g sump, what to keep in there? so far 6" sand bed
wow thatís a lot of questions....lol

__SKINNY__
08/19/2011, 01:13 PM
2x150mh are a good setup for that tank.Time to have them on is based on what your going to have in the tank.i would think with what you have in there now 6-8 hours a day would be fine.
Maybe add some pic's of the sump setup?

Justbecause
08/19/2011, 01:34 PM
Concerned that my temp is at 83.. I have an AquaEuro Chiller EU-1/4HP not hooked up yet. Is that something that I can keep inside the house? Or will that give out too much heat?

Justbecause
08/19/2011, 01:42 PM
3 1/2" sand ( do i need more or less)
Mag 9.5b Return Pump 75%

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Justbecause
08/19/2011, 01:50 PM
Tank has only been running for two weeks. Should I be running the skimmer?

robertjk7005
08/19/2011, 02:10 PM
Tank has only been running for two weeks. Should I be running the skimmer?

yes hook up the skimmer and be prepared to empty the collection cup as it should produce a lot of gunk on the first day.

as for the chiller my tank is about a constant 82-83 and everything is doing great. wouldn't worry about it to much

sand bed depth depends on if you want a deep sand bed or not

laugh
08/19/2011, 04:48 PM
I would go with 250w halides if you intend to keep the acro. Those 72 bows are tall. That temp is getting on the high side but I wouldn't worry too much as long as it's consistant. 1-2 degree swings are normal, any more than that might be stressful. If you have a chiller yes set it up then gradually bring your temp down over a few days. I would go with 79-80. You should also be testing for phosphate and calcium. As for the sump, I see it as a place to keep things like skimmers and heaters and no livestock. As for circulation I hate powerheads, look into a closed loop system.

skyline377
08/19/2011, 06:04 PM
72g was new water with 15g from my nano. Bought the tank used. lady was moving and had to let it go. She said tank was not running for a week but all was in a garbage can with pump and heater. Kind of got thrown into this setup. All live stock is from my 15g.

157868

157869

sorry phone pic...


pH 8.4
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0

how much to feed and how often?
right temperature?
what to test for?
lights, how long on? need circulation, pump what to get?
20g sump, what to keep in there? so far 6" sand bed
wow thatís a lot of questions....lol

I am on my 2nd week with my 72 bow front and all I got in there is one snail as I am waiting for my LEDs to show up. Keep us posted on your progress!!!!

Justbecause
08/20/2011, 09:19 AM
Today’s readings
PH 8.3
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
KH 214
Phosphate 0.5
Calcium above 520

Portion of the rock that the light hits are turning brown. I have the light on for 6hrs. Anyone have any experience with a chiller being keep inside of their house next to there tank? Does the room get too hot? Thinking of running my return pump outside of the sump, so I can put some LR in the section. Pros and Cons?