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  1. General Reef Discussion
    Well I did a silly mistake and added a cheap sand to my tank for aesthetics. It was a polymer coated silica sand. I didn't even want to use it because it was silica based and had the potential to cause Diatom blooms. It sat in my room for months and yesterday I had a bright idea to try a...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I am setting up a new tank to move my reef to and wanted colored sand and I saw some pink Crayola colored sand and wondered if I could use it in my reef tank? I did a little research and most people advise not to use it. My questions is why not? What would be harmful about it? Would it...
  3. Topic of the Week Archive
    For purposes of this discussion the following terms are used to describe certain things: Live Rock: This seems to be self-explanatory but it will include any DIY rocks, any type of actual rock that is used in a tank for a surface for the bacteria to live on. Wet/Dry media: This includes, but...
  4. Northeast Florida Marine Aquarium Society
    I am upgrading to a 75 gal. I want to put a sand base in the bottom of the tank. Any certain product I should use? Will sand from the beach work? Also trying to design my sump. I have a wet/dry sump that was on an old 120 gal and a 10 gal tank. I was thinking I could tie the two...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Hello again ... Its clueless Jenn First off I swear I read books before I started this project :) But I think I'm starting a diatom bloom its covering my LR and starting on my pump and filter . My question is is it going to kill anything in my tank I have Zoo's and two fire fish . Thanks...
  6. 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...
  7. Topic of the Week Archive
    Cycle part 2 to continue on with the last Bi weekely discussion on the cycling of our tanks. first part tank is all set up, water, salt , Live rock, parameters are where they should be. IS this the end of the cycle?
  8. nano build off 2008
    This thread was started in the GRD area and got moved for me by Whiskey (Thank you). After finding and reading the rules, I came back to edit this post to list what my plans are for contents. It is a 12G Nano tank kit from Instant Ocean. Initial livestock: A Blue Damsel (Because I think...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Okay it is official, my 90 gallon build starts today. My stand came in today and I picked it up after work. :dance: Here is the plan for the tank: 90 Gallon AGA tank w/offfset overflow Custom Oak Stand and Canopy 40 Gallon AGA sump 6X54W Sunlight Supply Tek T5HO Octopus Needlewheel 200...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    I bought some used sand and used it for about a month. I took it out of my tank because I had some big time algae issues once I put it in. I'm guessing it's loaded with phosphates. I've since replaced it with new stuff and seeded it with the old. I have the old stuff in 2 buckets out in my...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hello , Was just wondering if anyone that uses dry sand does the color of the sand turn a brownish color because i bought a bag today from Hd and the sand looks alittle brown when wet.I have not put it in the tank yet iam planing on switching out the crushed coral with sand but want a more white...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Hey all, As most of you know I am starting to rebuild my tank. I took all the sand out this weekend and cleaned up the tank. What I am planning is a FOWLR, with a SSB. I am thinking something like 1.5" of sand. Does this sound reasonable? Also...I am not sure if I should re-use my sand...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I'm still working through some planning on my 55g tank (will probably still be working on planning for a while), and while I was at the LFS the whimsical side of me caught a castle and various other structures. Is there a detriment to putting a "dead" rock item like a castle, pirate ship...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    hi,everyone i am rookie on this reef keeping thing and also new to this forum. i want to convert my tank into a reef.it is a 120 gal.i it has a power compact lights from jebo 4-55 watts actinics.wut would be the perfect light for it .wut other other stuff i need 2 add 2 have a good...
  15. NIMAS(Northern Indiana Marine Aquarium Society)
    I know there was a thread posted a while back on sand at the local Lowes or Home Depot. Can someone please recomend what type of sand I should be looking for? I am going to de-comision my 50 and start up a 75. My 50 has been running for 9yrs now. It has crushed coral base. I believe most of...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    Hi, I just found this forum. I have warranty issues with my tank,so while i'm tearing everything down i thought i'd add an inch of sand to my display tank. I allready have 250+ pounds of aragonite between the tank and sump,so i bought some really fine silica sand to save a few buck and help with...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    hey all, I am having some trouble with my 29 gallon. I have cyano bad. It started as a small patch. I blew it off and syphoned, and it came back stronger and worse. much more spread out. So, I did a really thorough cleaning. I scrubbed it off the rocks and syphned everything. it has come...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    I stumbled onto this on Craigslist: "Three 5 gallon buckets of fine grain (sugar sized) black aquarium sand, used in saltwater aquarium." I've currently got pretty large grained crshed coral for my substrate. I'm still relatively new to salt water aquaria. What would the advantages and...
  19. Northeast Florida Marine Aquarium Society
    I have seen on some threads that you can use playgroud sand for the substrate. I just inherited a 75 gallon tank and really want to save as much money as I can setting it up. With that said, I don't want to risk killing my tank or having silicate problems. Anybody out there have any luck...
  20. General Reef Discussion
    Ok, so I was on craigslist to sell my Kegerator and came across this ad for a reef tank. At 400 bucks i just had to get it. This is what I have: 80g plexi glass tank w/ built in over flow 30g sump It has 4x 96w lights in it 2x white ones and 2 actetic (blue) ones. Power Compacts. I has no moon...
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