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  1. General Reef Discussion
    hooked up my new skimmer the other night to test the plumbing to and from the external pump to make sure it was going to work fine before cementing the pvc in place. Never before have i seen sooooo many micro bubbles in the tank. the whole left side of the tank was instantly filled, almost to...
  2. Tank Specs
    Hi! This is my first salt water tank. It's a 30 inches long, 12 inches wide and 21 inches deep. I've started with 20 lbs of live sand 10 lbs of dry sand 33 lbs of cured live rock Remora skimmer The live rock came with a couple of feather dusters (at least that's what my friends tell me)...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    I have a 150 gallon tank with mechanical (bio balls, etc.) filtration. I have recently introduced several new corals and tropicals. Have just cleaned the filter system and the protein skimmer, all working well now. I have done a couple of water changes. What can I do or add to bring dow the...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    Time for Amanda's stupid question of the day. I have my incoming water running thru filter media, and a carbon packet in my sump. Nothing else, unless you count a buttload of equipment (skimmer, UV sterilizer, phos. reactor). I know bioballs are a no-no, but is there anything else needed in the...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Is live sand better or is crushed coral better for your fish?
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I have a set of rainbow filters the 30inch canister ones Id like to use them For my 72 bf, Does anyone know if I can hook it to my overflow and just let gravity take its course or do i need a pump to push it through? Id like it to drain into the filter then return into my sump.
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hey Guys-- I'm having a couple of issues that I really need help with. 1) came home on Tuesday (the day it was 80 outside) and found the tank at 84 degrees. I recently upgraded to 4x39 36" T5 lighting. I was told that they run cool but they feel fairly hot to the touch...are they the...
  8. General Reef Discussion
    what is it, what does it do, why would you do it, and how do you do it? i am assuming i dont set the oven to 450 and let them in for 40-45min??????????
  9. General Reef Discussion
    just wondering if it was true that macro algae reduces the nitrate levels in a tank. my levels are getting high and i am starting water changes. i am also going to be getting more live rock, live sand, and a better skimmer. these are all ways to reduce nitrate levels.....right?
  10. General Reef Discussion
    Setting up a new tank, just wondering.
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Hi just bought an aqua one ar980 tank and got told just to add puri gen and my sand salt . ro water etc and i would be set up just about i want to do a reef set up does any one know of this purigen and if it will work they say i dont need a skimmer? please help jo
  12. 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...
  13. Skimmers & other filtration
    whats the deal with bio balls?? ive heard they arent good for ur tank because they process the nitrates to fast and then refugiums are said to cause phosphate problems because they keep the nitrates at 0. but alot of people so u cant live without them for large tanks or reef tanks. just alittle...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    Hi I have a 75 gallon with a wetdry. It has a Clowntrigger, green spotted mandarin goby, falcos hawkfish, and a snowflake eel in it. My question is I have all this purple and brown hairy algae growing everywhere, what do you guys think it is and how do I get rid of it?
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Check the attachment, I'd have photobucketed it but photobucket is not coming up for some reason Im thinking of a way to redesign my current sump to incorporate a 2nd bigger sump for a bigger skimmer and was thinking that everything else, carbon, phosphate media, UV sterilzer, refugium...
  16. 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...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    So who has found HA growth due to old bulbs? This is about the only thing I can figure out with my tank. I know many argue that it doesn't but I gues I'll have proof soon.:rolleyes: Only other difference know and in the past are SSB vs a regular depthe 4" SB, that may be causing this. As...
  18. General Reef Discussion
    Doesn't anybody on this board run crushed coral?? After reading the intense discussion :chatter: on sand beds now I am curious about my crushed coral. How long will it last?? Pros and Cons??:help:
  19. Skimmers & other filtration
    my tank is seven years old. it was for aggresive fish but now is a reef. i want to and more sand for looks. i would like to add 1 in. to the 1 in. already there. would i have to purchase a undergravel filter.
  20. General Reef Discussion
    Hello all, I just love these forums! I have alot of questions, but I want to see what kind of response I get before I ask alot of silly questions. This is what I have and what I want to achieve. I would like to have a safe and healthy reef/coral and fish tank. my specs. I have a 40 gallon...
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