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About catintat

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  1. catintat

    help me find this nano ...

    YES!!! That's it! Thanks a bunch! Alanna
  2. A few days ago, I was looking at this thread where someone was putting together a 15h. He had some really cool rock-scaping. Two high sides and a valley. He didn't have any substrate at the time, just white eggcrate bottom. I've tried searches and can't find him. Anyone know who's tank this was? I wanted to add that thread to my favorites so I could follow his progress. Thanks! Alanna
  3. catintat

    Alanna's 1st Nano - Journal

    Didn't paint the tank. Did laundry instead. The quad should arrive Monday. I'm thinking of a pro-heat titanium 75w heater. That should be plenty of power for a 15 gallon, right?
  4. catintat

    Alanna's 1st Nano - Journal

    Will be painting the tank tonight. Woo hoo. I am putting a clear primer on first, then as a topcoat to see if that will minimize the scratches. Will post pics soon. Thanks for hangin' with me .. Alanna
  5. catintat

    Alanna's 1st Nano - Journal

    Hey Jason - No, not a member of CMAC, but I did just join up with the Greenville group last night. I make regular trips to Fins and Fishy Business in Columbia, so I may join up soon. Thanks! Alanna
  6. catintat

    Alanna's 1st Nano - Journal

    m'kay ... 15h it is. See, this is easy.
  7. Alrighty then ... I guess I'll keep my diary online so I can get some helpful tips and insight along the way. I've decided to start with a 10 gal, but I recently saw a nice little 15h at Petsmart. I'm tempted to get that one for the extra height for some rock-scaping ideas I've seen on this list. Plus, theres a neat coral (a gorgonian, I think) I'd like to try. Couldn't decide between a 20" coralife 96w quad or a 20" current satelite 40w, so I bought both and will decide later which to keep. I'm leaning towards the coralife. Better to have too much than not enough, right? Black or turquoise? I'm going to paint the back, but can't decide which color. I'm really liking the turq though. I bought a sheet of eggcrate from Lowe's that I'm going to put on the bottom for the rock to settle into for stability. I've already got some rock that I'm going to use, but I want to find some flat pieces to use as a shelf. Sand is a 20# bag of aragalive. I'll add some pictures as the tank develops. Thanks for reading! I'd hate to go through this alone. Lol. Alanna
  8. catintat


    Nope you're not the only one ... I can add to that list ... Starting the washer and forgetting to put clothes in. Like 3 times last week.
  9. catintat

    How many aquariums do you have?

    4 tanks running, 1 in progress 1 10 gal fresh (2 angels and a gourami) 1 6 gal eclips fresh (5 cherry barbs and 2 itty bitty plecos) 1 29 gal brackish ( 2 silver scats, 1 HUGE green spotted puffer, 1 archer, 2 mollies) 1 20 gal salt (1 yellow coris wrasse, 1 banggai) 1 10 gal nano reef in the making.
  10. catintat

    re-curing l/r

    Thanks for the advice. I'll get started on that tonight. My original plans were to give the rock to someone because I had way more in my 20 gal tank than I needed and it was a pain to clean the tank around it, so I scaled back and wanted to add some color/interest by putting the fake corals in (not fake rock). I love the way it looks without all the rock, but it was my procrastination that made me lose the rest. Oh well, I'll see what I can do with it and maybe use this as a learning experience. I was thinking about setting up my nano with some tonga instead of the fiji anyway, maybe this was divine intervention. Lol!
  11. catintat

    re-curing l/r

    Ok. I'm a dufus for letting it happen in the first place ... I had a tank full of live rock. Established for a couple of years. REALLY nice coraline algae, some cool creatures tucked in the crevices ... I cleaned out my tank and decided to go fish only with minimal live rock because I wanted to get some of those life-like corals (they do look good in the tank, btw). I had a 5 gallon bucket full of the leftovers and was going to take it to a friends house for him to put in his spare tank. Well, needless to say, 3 weeks later, it's still in the bucket dried up and pretty much dead by now I'm guessing. How much of a pain is it going to be to re-cure it and get all the dead gunkies out so it doesn't pollute any new tank it goes into? I am going to set up a 10 gallon just for this rock and see what kind of mess it's going to make. Any suggestions?
  12. catintat

    diff b/t single and dual lighting

    Thanks for explaining the tube/bulb thing. I thought that was the case, but wasn't quite sure. It's one of those days that I want to smack myself on the head. Of course, I'd have to have a heater for the lights off period. Lol. Thanks for the reminder. I guess I'll try the satelite fixture for awhile and if it doesn't work, put it away for a sump at some later date. But 9.6w/per gal won't be overkill for most corals?
  13. Hello all - I just bought a 20" 1x40w current satelite. Am I correct in thinking that this has only 1 bulb? I know it says it's a single, but I saw a picture earlier that showed 2 bulbs. I thought it may be one bulb just in a u-shape. I'm hoping this fixture will be sufficient for a 10 gal with easy to keep corals. It was a decision between the single, dual and the coralife quad, but several lfs said the quad would really heat up my water. I wonder if a heater would be needed with the quad if it keeps the water so warm? Suggestions? Thanks! Alanna
  14. catintat

    2.5 gallon on my computer desk

    Wow. This nano is going to be TOO CUTE! I can't wait to see it develop. I have a 2.5 gallon I was going to try to set-up as an experiment, but figured I might have better luck with the 10 gallon first. Does your canopy contact make them or was this a special item they had? I'd be interested in purchasing one myself. Regards, Alanna