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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I purchased a tank from a guy who had the system running for a while he and everything was healthy in the tank, Ive had the system running for about 6 months and have noticed a build up of what looks like dark brown sand in my sump. There was some there when I bought the tank and the guy said...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I'm wondering what people do to remove small stuff. I have a 90 gallon with a 40B sump. I have a Reef Octopus skimmer and I've got about 90 lb of live rock. I have been siphoning the sand at water changes but I see a lot of small stuff get stirred up and I can't get it all out. A lot goes in...
  3. "Soft" corals
    Is a 30g large enough to provide a 2 inch sandsifting starfish with enough detritus to stay alive? I don't want that thing to bury itself and starve.
  4. General Reef Discussion
    Has anyone used a canister filter to clean their tank between water changes. My thing is i hate when i look at my BB tank and start to see build up and just want it all gone. But if i want to get it out i have to do a water change. Has anyone ever used a canister to clean all this stuff out...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Saw a new product by EHEIM they have a battery powered vacuum and I just wondering on anyone's thoughts or input on these devices. I know that EHEIM makes great pumps (also pricy). My thoughts on it where if I see detritus built up in the sand I could remove even if its not the weekly water...
  6. The THINK Tank
    Ok, think tankers... I have a question that has been plaqueing me since reading through the reefkeeping made easy thread... I have asked this on multple threads numerous times and figure its time to just ask in its own thread... So here it goes.. How long before Detritus breaks down in our...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Algae, algae everywhere on the rocks, on the glass, on the sand, on my snail!!! Comes in all colors and morphologies, lol what do I need to do to keep this under control? I do a weekly 5% water change, with rodi water, I use instant ocean sea salt which claims to be phosphate and nitrate...
  8. The Think Tank Must Reads.
    I just spent three hours reading through the DSB myth thread and decided in all fairness to put up a pro DSB thread. Although I have not been in the hobby as long as many on here have. I research constantly for ways to improve the quality of life for the animals I choose to own. This is in no...
  9. Topic of the Week Archive
    HI Gang, we have not had a bi weekly in a little while, now that summertime and vacations are over i figured it is time to start up again. So What's in a name? i figure we can break this in to Two parts.. the first part... what are some of the names we use for things in our tanks example...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    What is the best way to siphon out the detritus in a sump that is floor level?
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, question about keeping blue and purple colored SPS. I posted a previous question about SPS coloration and trying to keep blue and purple colored sps corals. I mentioned in my post that the purple and blue sps I had were growing, but they had browned out some and taken on a brown- purple or...
  12. Reef Build-Off 2007
    Well, I didnt initially even know about this thread until today. I thought there was only a nano build off (Which got me tempted to start up my 10g again). I was already on planning on starting a 60g cube, so why not enter the contest and build the reef tank? Here are my specs so far: Tank...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    Does anyone fill their sumps full of live rock, I have been thinking about adding Live Rock to my sump to add as an extra filter system. Currently I have an empty sump that I clean out during water changes.
  14. General Reef Discussion
    As many of you have undoubtly read by now, my 180 crashed about 6 weeks ago. So far, it seems to be recovering well. The inital cyano bloom has gone and been gone for about 3 weeks now, and the hair algae bloom seems to have subsided now. I can only find a few patchs of hair algae and those seem...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Here are some pics from my latest experiment - the lightless/dirty water tank. Gorgonia; has a few scars from being in the wrong type of tank, starting to cover back over some of the bare spots tho. Same gorgonia, polyp detail Christmas Tree Coral And of course the carnation coral...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    I realize probably the most common way is siphoning. But when it comes to the sump, it's too low to siphon. Besides that I'm just wondering what are the easiest ways and setups people have found for vacuuming SB's and sumps. Anyone using shop vacs or something similar?
  17. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Well after recently setting up a new 40g sps tank i've come to the conclusion that i should of gone BB. The tank has been running for about 3 months and has SSB. I was thinking i would just start siphoning out the sand little by little when doing my weekly water changes. Im not really sure if i...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    I hate myself. I just cant seem to stick to a decision to save my life. I was going to do a trigger tank, then I decided my tank was too small so I just kept my maroon clown, 4stripe damsel, bicolor blenny, neon dottyback and shrimp and choc. chip star, astreas and nassarius, with live sand and...
  19. The THINK Tank
    i have a 50g sump/fuge. sump is bb, with 2x55W 6.5k/10k bulbs over fuge section about 10" off water. my 210g drains into first section through a carbon bag, then generally to my schuran skimmer, then PO4 Reactor, then another reactor for gac, then the fuge section. i have a small amount of...
  20. The THINK Tank
    Everybody "knows" to wait for as long as possible before adding corals to a new tank but I've never heard a good explanation for why. Is this another fact that we take without questioning why? For example, let's say you have a newly cycled tank. Most ppl would advise to wait as long as...
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