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  1. General Reef Discussion
    My tank has finally finished cycling and I have brown algae and even coralline red and pink algae in my tank (which is pretty neat !!). I already added two snails from a LFS but they won't touch the substrate. I read that it's not wise to add hermit crabs to a new tank as well as brittle stars...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, need some help with this one. My tank is almost brown algae free and has been up and running after a move for about 4 months. I have a fine sand and the top layer stays brown all the time. Like I said, the rest of the tank is algae free. Anyone have any ideas what might be causing this? I...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I need a good sand sifter, looking for some suggestions, maybe something tha will eat detritus too, i thought cucumbers were good for this, but i know they can release unwanted things if stressed, any ideas will be appreciated. I have a 24g aquapod for reference, don't want anything to large.
  4. General Reef Discussion
    I have about 1.5 inches of live sand and 80lbs of live rock ion my 75gal tank. Is that enough sand?
  5. General Reef Discussion
    I have two questions tonight. First off I need to order sand. I don't really want to go with play sand. I have seen it and it doesn't seem the right color to me. So I was looking at the Premium Aquatics website and I don't really know which sand to get. I need to get out to the fish store and...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, I have a 46 bow that's been established for over a year now. To begin, here are the specifics: Water Parameters: Temp=78, Salinity=1.025, alk=12, ammonia/nitrates/nitrates=0, ph=8.1, calcium=400 phosphate=unknown Lighting: PCs (2x96 10,000k coralife fixture and bulbs) Flow: One Maxijet...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    I know this has been asked many times but I am getting some conflicting answers over how much sand is too much. I was under the impression that up to 1-2 inches was okay and would not trap too much in the way of detritus. I have a buddy who has been doing reefs for probably longer than I have...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I was trying to blow some algea off the sand yesterday and noticed it wasn't moving. I then touched the baster to the sand and found it to be hard. I tried to break it up. What causes this and what should I do? It isn't happening everywhere.
  9. SPS Coral Forum
    Ok, I am trying to increace the bio-load (fish poo) in my 50 gallon (4 foot) Bomber Bottom SPS tank. So far I bought one fish that eats SPS, and one that got in a huge fight with my 6-line (now removed) and each fish buying experiance has resulted in me having to rip my reef apart...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    What are some good sand sifting critters for a reef tank to keep it clean? Inverts as well as fish.
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hi All, I have been searching the site and have been unable to come up with a thread answering exactly what i'm looking for (although I'm sure that there is one). I have a 46 gal bowfront with a 20g sump and a 20g refuge. The refuge is only about a month old and has about 4" of arag sand(which...
  12. Rochester Minnesota Marine Aquarium Club (RMMAC)
    Hi all - Here is my set-up plan. I posted it on Nano-Reef and RC and got some feedback, but I'd like to see what you have to say about it. This will be my first reef tank - so just be honest - I can take it! 29-gallon with a 10-gallon sump/refuge - both of these are tanks I had. That's why I...
  13. The THINK Tank
    Would it be safe to say that it would contain the best of both a dsb and bb? Has anyone run both? I have read that some of you clean it often but if you have the proper life in the bed then why bother? I was thinking of getting starboard for my mostly softies tank and after reading many...
  14. Atlanta Reef Club
    Hello Everyone: At long last I have started the tank! I placed 67 pounds of fiji rock, along with 8 pounds of pre-owned Marshall Islands rock in the tank, for a total of 75 pounds. I also put down 1 bag of Southdown, which made a bed of approximately 1/2 to 2 inches. Picture 1 Front view -...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Well after 2 months of reading and trying to decide if I was going to DSB, I have decided against it. While it does seem beneficial there are some draw backs (Start up costs, looks and a few others) not to mention I have noticed alot of the DSB keepers keep them in their refugium or to bring...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    okay guys....the tank I'm getting ready to set up has a glass box mounted into the corner which acts as a skimmer and then flows to another tank under the stand and back in via a powerhead.....is this outdated....I am going to have a sandbed (either live or seeded with IPSF sand activator) and...
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