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Posted 05/25/2014 at 01:15 PM by Vilas

I've set up, and done a bit of the cycle. Ten days in, and my ammonia has been zero for four, after the spike, so I took the big step of hitting the tide pools.
I initially wanted only local for everything, then realized how hard that would be. Live rock isn't allowed on my permit, nor is aquaculture, and the sand is silicate. So I grumbled a bit and bought live rock, and some aragonite sand.
However, the tide pools are coated with corals and anemones, and I've seen clownfish and...
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Choosing and maintaining sand

Posted 05/20/2014 at 10:50 PM by Sk8r

Sand: buying it, keeping it.
Avoid silicate sand. Go for aragonite, which is basically calcium carbonate and safe.
Fine or medium? I can only tell you personally, with an sps reef, in a re-set-up, I tried fine, and spent the next 2 years removing it, after it killed corals. I'm definitely on the medium side. The fine sand, though amply bacteria'ed, would not settle, blew like mad, irritated corals, and was a mess. The medium sand has enough 'shape' to it to enable jawfish to build...
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Equipment list

Posted 05/16/2014 at 09:07 PM by Despairodyne

60x18x18 custom acrylic tank with a coast to coast bean animal drain.

Powder coated open steel stand.

5 x 10 basement fish room.

48 x 18 x18 sump.

3 Kessil 360WE

Apex gold package

AquaFx 6 stage ro/di filter.

150 lbs dry rock. Very porous and easy to shape.

2 20L for TTM

29 gallon QT
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Fishes for sale. Starting over

Posted 05/16/2014 at 06:06 PM by luamada

[QUOTE=luamada;22753194]Hi I have several fishes that I need to get a new home for since I am starting over and need to get babies ones due to quantity that I want
Blue tang large $70
Yellow tang large $50
Pair of clown fish $70
Powder blue tang large $70
Thank you
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Recommended Books

Posted 05/16/2014 at 06:42 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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