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I've got a 46 gal. bow front aquarium. I've got a Penguin 550 powerhead, an AquaClear 500 hang-on, an AquaC Remora w/Mag3 skimmer, a Marineland Dual Temp, and a flourescent bulb. My tank has a sand bed over a crushed aragonite substrate, some live rock, a fiji damsel, and three hermits. What should I get next to insure that my tank will be healthy enough to maintain a few fish and some live rock (along with some corraline algae)?

I'm open to suggestions and explanations. Thanks guys
 

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What flourencent bulb do you have? 4 VHOs?

What is the aquaclear hang on?

I would go head with the LR and let it sit for about 2 months just doing weekly water changes and rock blasting on it.
 

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I don't have VHO's...just some bulb that came with the ballast for my tank. Actually...I take that back. I bought this bulb about 2 years ago. It is a full spectrum bulb...maybe its by coralife? Nonetheless its a regular flourescent bulb. The AquaClear 500 only has its sponge in it. A couple of months ago I took out the activated carbon and the polyfilter and just left the sponge.
I just checked my levels about 5 minutes ago and my nitrates were close to 20 ppm, but my ph looked a little low. It is alright to just mix a little baking soda in some water and add that to the tank to raise my ph...correct?
 

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Another question...where should i have my powerhead aimed? Should I have more than one? Where should it be located?
 

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Yes you need more than one power head. Dump the canister filter all together.

That light will not support coraline growth or anything else other than HA.

Type up the history of the tank and everything that you have done to it, lead on about how much money you have to spend as well as what you intend to do with the system.
 

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Really? So the only filter I will have is my skimmer? I guess I learned from some ol' skoolers.
My tank is the way it was when I purchased it...no holes drilled. I don't have a sump, and even if I decided I wanted one...my stand wouldn't allow for one. Ummm...I don't know if I'm ready to move into reef. I will one day, but I don't know, right now, it seems to expensive and too intimidating. I just spent $228 on my skimmer. Ummm...I'm gonna try to piece this thing together one addition at a time. I'm just trying to figure out where I need to go with this thing next. I will probably be ready to make purchase(s) in the same price range as my skimmer within about a two month span. I don't want to put too much money into my tank right now...as I am a newlywed and am not ready to fight with my wife.
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Thats a big window for sch a small post?


Yeah, skimmer and LR is all you need. The canister will be problems in the future. Unless you just run carbon in it, which might be a good idea. NO PARTICULATE FILTERS. If you have large a granual substrate (larger than 2 millimeters) Then you may want to concider getting rid of that and going with a finer substrate. I use aragonite speacial grade seafloor. Its grains range from .2MM to about 1.5MM You can get a black cucumber and it will keep the sand gleamming white.


Keep the questions coming.

If you will be able to spend some money in a couple months wait 3 months and buy some good lighting. 2 VHO bulbs wold work well for coraline and softies along with many LPS. Don't be afraid to get corals. In fact if you want to get some good beginner corals go get some shrooms they will help clean your water and will be happy with the light you have as long as it is a decent color temp. Not to mention it will help you learn how to keep your water perameters in order with out having to worry about losing an expensive coral.
 

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You could do pc fairly reasonable. This will allow at least some softies and time for the tank and yourself to care for more difficult corals.
 

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jenajet said:
You could do pc fairly reasonable. This will allow at least some softies and time for the tank and yourself to care for more difficult corals.

I think i recall jflip trying to get rid of some 36" dual 96 pcs the other day........
 
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