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  1. DIY Forum
    I built an LED/RGB Canopy and light system for my cichlid tank. I went to a LFS for reef tanks and they could give me no specifics on UV needs. Is there a range of unseen light that saltwater tanks need? I am about to build my big tank. 120 long. I will be making a canopy and the lights will be...
  2. Pests, Hitchhikers, and Diseases
    Ok, I found some more unknown stuff. I'm guessing this first thing is a "flatworm" but I am not sure. Also I think the other thing is a baby shrimp, but is he a peppermint, because that is all I have in the tank that I know of? Any help is greatly appreciated, thank-you. Joe
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Ok last night all 3 of my brittle stars were just fine and ate small peice of shrimp. I did notice that one of the stars had lost part of it's leg. Today when I came home I found the same one with no legs and just his body with a couple of stubs. I thought he was dead, so when I tried to get him...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I wanted to run media (carbon, polyfilter, etc) on my tank so I got a canister filter (Fluval 404). It has always SUCKED!!! It has leaked massively when tipped since day one, it builds up air inside constantly, self priming has NEVER worked, it makes a racket when running, and sometimes it...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    W00T!! I have been waiting for this for a long time. No, this is not some Hollyweird type posting as that would have been in Magaritaville. ;) The other night when the lights on my tank went out I was staring at everything under the moonlights and here is what I caught. She has...
  6. AZ FRAG Club
    Hello everyone.:wavey: My name is Shane and I live in Phx with my wife, 4.5 year old son, and my father-in-law. I build performance cars for a local speed shop, and race at the drag strip often. My whole family loves animals, we currently have: 1 hermit crab, 2 gerbils, 2 dogs, 2 cichlid tanks...
  7. Tank Specs
    Hi all. Just thought id post some pics of my new tank. I upgraded from a 29 (thread of it on here) last weekend and im pretty happy with how it looks so far. Of course im allready sure i'll be upgrading again to a 75 RR tank in the next 6 months but I had this 55 as a cichlid tank so it was an...
  8. Freshwater Discussion
    I have some dried out tufa and lava rocks that used to be in my saltwater tank. Id like to use them in my freshwater but im afraid of all that salt. How can i make these rocks safe for freshwater?
  9. General Reef Discussion
    DIY Live Rock Pics
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Let's say I decide to not go fresh water. Say I decide to replace the pressure booster pump for my RO/DI. Help me rethink my tank and redesign my sump with say a budget of $700. Current tank: 75 gallon bare bottom AGA Reef Ready sitting on a standard AGA pine stand. 2 Seio 1500 gph pumps...
  11. Freshwater Discussion
    I keep 2 rubbermaid containers full of RO/DI water next to my 75 gallon FOWLR aquarium with the lids on on them. About 3 weeks ago I was walking by my aquarium and noticed something didn't look right. The bucket I use for collecting RO/DI water was inside the large rubbermaid container...along...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, I havent been on latley becuase I have been buesy and experiencing some hard times. It looks like the 75 will not be set up as saltwater due to lack of money. So I have decided to set it up a lake Malhwi african chiclid tank. These are really colorful and intresting fish which will be...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Ok...so some people have suggested that I go with freshwater for this tank...I am liking the idea a little better...hate to leave the void behind the bar. Can some of you give me some ideas for a nice freshwater set up that would be low maintenance (I don't think I want plants - don't want...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    i finally got to redo my ugly 55g. i tore out the tufa and lava rock (what was i thinking at the time? lol) this tank has had the worst cyano in history. this pic was taken after i siphoned alot of it out, it was so thick covering all the rocks and most of the sand. mats thick enough to keep a...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    i swear i must have one of the ugliest tanks in history. for starters i didnt use live rock, i bought tufa instead. then i realized i didnt have enough tufa so i dug out my old lava rock from the basement. it added color but it just looks like an african cichlid tank :funny: the sand i bought is...
  16. Freshwater Discussion
    I have always owned fish, but mostly basic community fish and the occasional oscar or interesting catfish (i love weird and unique catfish) But i know very little about cichlids, (i know not to call them CHICK-lids:rolleyes:) and what i think i know is shaky in confidence... what are some...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    So lets start from the begining. I had an empty 55 gallon tank at home with some filters and lights. One day while getting stuff for my Cichlid tank I decided to venture into the saltwater world. I'm looking into redoing it. This is what I have right now. 55 gallon tank 4 bulb MH lamp w/blue...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    ok i was not sure where to post this. i have tried to draw up how i want to plumb my 55 tell me what you think. will work :p or will not work start over :doh: . thank you all for the help. good or bad.
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