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My 36 gallon tank is empty and I decided to set it up like I did when I first entered the hobby 50 years ago in 1972.
I am going with an under gravel filter, crushed coral. But now instead of deal decorated corals I will use some bleached rock from a tank I had years ago.
back in 1972 we cycled with damsels. After setting up and adding a seed from a tank from the local fish store. I will be seeding with a piece of dry rock I put in my reef tank sometime ago.
there are so many ways to set up a tank and this is about as simple as it gets.
I have the crushed coral ordered and can wait to spend a few hours rinsing. Lol
I鈥檓 going to start I think with just an air pump to work the under gravel filter. But do have some maxi jet pump if I feel the need for more flow though the filter.
I also want to stock like I did back then, large hermit crab. Damsels and once stable a star fish and shrimp.
lighting I have to figure out what I鈥檓 going to use.
here are the first few photos. I will update as thing move along
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They do work good, I used under gravel filters until early 80鈥檚 when I went to wet dry filtration.
we also lost things like anemones because we didn鈥檛 have a clue to what the role of lighting played.. mid 79鈥檚 I got turn in to live rock and increased lighting . Things change and reef tanks became the norm
 

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This is one that I had the seahorses in before I moved them to the 75. Only one other tank I want and that鈥檚 one I can put some triggers and large angels. But I don鈥檛 see it happening anything soon.
 

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Got the crushed coral, rinsed like crazy and still cloudy, lol. I hooked up the maxi jets. Now I home it clears. If not I will throw a mechanical filter to clear it. Once it clears I will add a seed from the reef tank.
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Yup, thats why I had a couple Diatom filters in my tool kit when I used to do aquarium setup and maint. I used to love Marine Bio Filters back in 70s, the thick white wavy plates , better than the flat slotted Penn Plax or whatever the little cheap under gravel filters wher. They had 1 inch plus risers and I would run lime block bubbles along with Silent Giant pumps
 

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I think this is going to be an excellent tank , the live rock is something we didn鈥檛 use back in the day. So now the tank should really be just as stable as any other reef tank in my opinion.
 

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It鈥檚 a fish and invert tank. I don鈥檛 really do inverts in my reef other then snails. So this will have them . I want a large hermit crab, starfish, shrimp and a few fish.
 

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Tank is cycling for now, trying to decide on lighting. I have two kessils 160 tuna blues but would like some T5鈥檚 for it. Wouldn鈥檛 take much to light because it鈥檚 not going to really be a coral tank.
 

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GOOD POINT Jerry! When was 'back then' by the way........80's? I was using whatever came in them hoods the pet stores sold.....were probably t'12s back then?
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Was t 12 aquarium lights. They looks purple I鈥檇 I remember right. Not going to find them. T5 be near enough. Sine things I鈥檓 not going to be able to match.
 

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Yeah, I seem to remember a 'purple'ish' tint to my aquariums. :unsure: Then again for the most part there was still 'box filters' in the corner, and a LOT of airstones to breath life into the water. FLOW wasn't a 'thing', and 'wet/dry....trickle filters' were popping up.....filled to the brim with floss and crushed coral as a buffer. LOTS of plexiglass and siliconing going on back then trying to come up with better filtration.

I remember having to ties bits of frozen clam on string so the decaying food wouldn't ruin the tank......heck, still used 'flake food' then too.:rolleyes:

Yeah, now Ya got me going down memory lane with this.
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