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Recommended Books

Posted 05/16/2014 at 05:42 AM by snorvich (System configuration and fish for my two tanks)

Two books I highly recommend are:

Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment by Dr. Edward J Noga.

Captive Seawater Fishes: Science and Technology by Dr. Stephen Spotte

While not the easiest reading, they are both superb.

Both books are somewhat expensive but are well worth the money.
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Do I need a filter...FYI.

Posted 05/14/2014 at 11:52 PM by Sk8r

Yes and no. Depends.
A fish-only may benefit from a filter in the system, but!
Here's a list of useful facts to consider.
1. ONLY live rock and sand can break somewhat-harmful nitrate all the way down to harmless nitrogen gas. Bioballs can't and a filter can't. They take waste down as far as nitrate and stall there. Nitrate builds up and up until there's a cleaning-out of same.
2. Fish can tolerate higher nitrate than corals can. They'd probably rather not tolerate it,...
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Ramonski's welcome back to the hobby Solana 34g AIO!

Posted 05/14/2014 at 01:55 PM by raastamon

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Here is a Kessil A150 Ocean Blue over my Solana. I do like it, but it'll be replaced soon.




I have the same setup as you minus the bioreactor. I have actually been giving thought to ditching the chemipure and purigen and going with Chaeto and rubble rock.
Nice tank man! The more I see the Kessil's, the more I want one.

I have always used chaeto in...
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Ramonski's welcome back to the hobby Solana 34g AIO!

Posted 05/14/2014 at 01:54 PM by raastamon

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Originally Posted by JJ650 View Post
Here is a Kessil A150 Ocean Blue over my Solana. I do like it, but it'll be replaced soon.




I have the same setup as you minus the bioreactor. I have actually been giving thought to ditching the chemipure and purigen and going with Chaeto and rubble rock.
Nice tank man! The more I see the Kessil's, the more I want one.

I have always used chaeto in...
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Alk: the most important test you run...

Posted 05/11/2014 at 11:35 AM by Sk8r

Run it. Now. To see where you are.
If ever things are going squirrel-ey---test your alk.

...Then test it weekly, during your first half year. Bi-weekly thereafter. This is for fish-onlies AND for reefs both softie and stony. For all tanks. Alkalinity is THE most important test for a reef, once you pass your cycling hurdle. And for a fish-only, alk controls so very much regarding fish health, just consider it an absolute essential. If it's right, you've got a major part of fish-care...
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