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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all, I have a quick question that I'm hoping can be answered. I have a 10 gallon nano that has been running for a little over 4 months. But before that I cycled the tank with a shrimp in it to decay and let the tank do its thing for at least 6 weeks. I have one Yellow Tail Damsel and a...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Hello everyone, I've been a reefer for about 5 years but had to take a 4 year break from the hobby since I was moving around a lot for work. I finally decided to jump back in, so i got the 29g biocube. I am currently still in the cycle stage (on week 4) and I've decided to let my tank cycle for...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Currently in my 80 gallon BB reef I only have 1 yellow tang and 1 snowflake ocellaris as far as fish go. I'm running only a filter sock and a psk 100 skimmer on the tank. The reason for the light fish stocking was because I wanted to be able to have to do only 5 gallon water changes weekly on...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    Hello TRT! I have an 80 gallon BB system with a sheet of black ABS plastic on the bottom and recently I took a peak underneath the plastic with a flashlight and discovered some detritus, I know some people use silicone to seal this to the bottom to avoid this problem. Also, every water change I...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Question about Powerheads in 47 gal column Oh how I wish I had found this site BEFORE putting my tank together! Slowly but surely I am making adjustments, and the next change is to ditch my HOB filter and replace with powerheads for water movement. Looking for suggestions on placement. Here...
  6. 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...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 75 gallon reef tank with about 3-4 inches of sand. Everyday detritus forms across the sandbed and i cant get rid of it. I have 3 powerheads in the tank. (Hydor Koralia) The flow in the tank seems to be fine. Some of my corals seem like they're blowing around but not too bad. I have a...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    Looking to add a clean up crew to my 75 gallon tank before the fish go in. Help me figure out how much of what I should get and from where. Thank
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Ok guys and gals. So about a year ago I went bare bottom on my 150g mixed reef. I'll admit the cleaning is a lot easier but I'm not at all happy with how it looks. I keep getting sand that is falling out of my rock and it makes the tank look stupid in my opinion. I'm at the point where I would...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    So after seeing these popup at Interzoo. Link > Maxspect Riptide The first thing that pops in my mind is these would work great to push a lot of flow across the bottom of my tank. I don't think Detritus would stand a chance. Anyone Else?
  11. General Reef Discussion
    In the reef keeping world we tend to steer clear of any and all mechanical filtration. Why? Cause they build up detritus and lead to increased nutrients in the tank. Yet I see filter socks in a lot of reef tank sumps. What gives here? Why are we so against one style but ok with another?
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Hello All. I know this is a tired/opinionated subject but regardless I am looking for some advice from TRT. I have a 40B with the following specs: 40 Gallon Breeder w/o sump, established for 10 months: Octopus BH-100 Skimmer Refugium with dragons breathe and chaeto (lots of pods!) TLF...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 20g all in one tank, that has been up for about 3 years. A few fish and some softies and lps. Seeing detritus in the cracks between lr on the sand bed. My flow is not getting it all out, so was thinking of getting some pods as I understand they will eat the detritus? True? And a...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Hello Everyone, Have continued to do lots of reading to further my marine education. Have asked some questions about my sump setup, which many helpful forum members answered. Have read various opinions on the use of filter socks on the "water in" side of the sump vs. no filter sock and just...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    This is my first post and I thank any responders in advance for any tips and advice along the way. Let's cut to the chase. About a month ago a friend of mine moved out of his home into a new place. He asked if I wanted his reef tank which had been going strong for 10+ years. There is a ton of...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, so my tank is 1.5 years old. I do pretty regular weekly/bi-weekly 10% water changes. My calcium is 440 and alk is 9. Ph is 8.2 and mag is around 1440 or so. Phosphates, nitrates, ammonia, etc... are all undetectable. I scrub this stuff off and the next day it's back just as thick. I run a...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    I've read again and again that physical filtration is frowned upon. If you don't clean the filters regularly, the junk that is filtered out remains caught in the media, submerged in your tank, and decomposes into unpleasantries. If you do use physical filtration, you should clean/replace the...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Does any body out there have or know where I can get any good information on settling tanks? I think I have a basic theory of there function and operation but I would like some more information. Anything helps....
  19. General Reef Discussion
    I am having a problem with my 6 gallon nano tank. I have had it set up since march 2013 and recently I have been getting lots of brown algae buildup on top of the sandbed and i hate the look of it :S my parameters are all fine, with close to zero nitrates and phosphates seen when i test it. Does...
  20. Reefing Equipment
    Hi everyone, I'm trying to set up a 75g bare-bottom, and a 55g DSB aquariums connected to a 40g sump. now due to condo lay-out, the 75g will be in one room, with the 55g directly behind and slightly lower than the 75g. The sump will be on the floor in the other room. So for convenience's-sake, I...
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