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  1. mike c

    Arkayology's Rimless 40g

    Dude, that sucks! That happened to my Strawberry Shortcake acro. Overnight RTN. But I had it in a pico, probably not the best environments.
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    Arkayology's Rimless 40g

    Definitely interested in both!
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    Arkayology's Rimless 40g

    RealFish, check out Age of Aquariums in Long Beach/Signal Hill. Its a nice store, and they hold monthly SCRK meetings. $20 for the year, and they do food, frag swap, and raffles. You can get some good stuff for cheap, if retail prices are too high in your area. And what are those Zoas I see in the background? Want, now!
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    mike c's Forty-B

    I know, all my extra money is currently going into my AR build. Trying to build another one back up, before they ban them again. Almost done though. Then I'll start buying up some nice coral.
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    mike c's Forty-B

    Thank you! Any and all tips are welcome!
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    mike c's Forty-B

    Installed two more ATI bulbs. Another Blue+ and another Coral+. My current bulb set up is... Front: UV Super actinic Blue+ (dawn/dusk) Coral+ Blue+ (dawn/dusk) Coral+ Blue+ According to ATI's website, I'm running a 12k-16k combo (with the super actinic in place of a Purple+). Eventually I'll swap out the UV actinic for an ATI actinic, just to try 100% ATI bulbs. The pics are a little bluer than what the tank actually looks like. Its a nice crisp ice blue. The 2 Coral+ give it, imo, the right amount of white, while the 3 Blue+ and actinic bulbs add the blue to counter them. All bulbs... 2 Blue+ (dawn/dusk)...
  7. mike c

    Arkayology's Rimless 40g

    Sucks about the Flameback! How's the McCoskers doing?
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    Chachew's 40b Reef ~Pics added

    Any new pics!!??
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    Brand new 40B!

    Check out Eshopps line of skimmers. Hang on back, and in sump skimmers for a decent price. The 100g rated may work for you. I used to run the PSK 75H on a 28 gallon cube. Pretty good skimmers. http://www.aquacave.com/Eshopps-PSK-100H-Hang-On-protein-skimmer-75-100-gal-tank-P2993.aspx
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    Brand new 40B!

    This is essentially true. You mentioned your in Hollywood? Take a trip over to Long Beach, and check out Age of Aquariums. Great store. Become a member of SCRK, and enjoy their monthly reef meetings. Raffles, discounts, food, cool people. If you cant tell by my promo, Im a member. Lol. Im 2 hours north, so its been hard to get down there.
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    Brand new 40B!

    You'll be fine without a fuge. I dont have one. Weekly water changes will keep your nitrates in check. As long as you dont overstock fish, over feed, keep all your sponges/socks clean, and keep your filter media changed (ChemipureElite, Purigen), you'll be golden. A skimmer rated for a 125 will be a huge plus on your 40-60g system. I run a SWC 120, and its a champ.
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    Brand new 40B!

    If you dont feel comfortable building your own stand, stick with one thats specifically made for aquariums (like the petco one you looked at). You always want every edge of the tank fully supported. As stated above, a fully loaded 40b can weigh in excess of 300 lbs. I suggest getting a skimmer thats rated at least double your total water volume. If you were to add a 20l sump, you'd have roughly 60g of water. A skimmer rated "up to" 65g, would be working overtime, and IMO, insufficient. Its like driving your car 100mph evryday. Sure, it can go "up to" 100mph, but you'd burn it out if you ran it at max speed everyday. Same goes for a filter! Double, double, double! I've only used Koralias, and my mp10s, so I cant comment on the Aqueon power head. Im thinking instead of (1) 950gph, go with (2) 700's. One on each side of the tank will be better than one big one by itself. Heck, maybe even (2) 950's! Again, I've never seen them in action. My point is get enough flow evenly throughout the tank, to minimize dead spots. Definitely start off with a FOWLR tank (fish only with live rock). Add a 20lb bag of live sand, and about 40lbs of live rock. Have a friend help, and catch the water in your hand as someone pours it in, so as not to create a sand storm in the tank. Or use a bowl/plate/cup in the bottom of the tank. Either way the waters gonna be cloudy for a day or two. Run the tank like this for 3-4 weeks, or untill it fully cycles. Test the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates every few days. You should see a spike in Ammonia first, upwards of 2.0 ppm. You will then see that start to lower, as Nitrites rise, upwards of 1.0 ppm. Last, Ammonia and Nitrite will drop, as the Nitrate rises. They may all be high, or some, or none. Once your tests read: Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, and Nitrates 5.0-20 ppm...your tank should be done cycling. Do your first water change to bring the Nitrates down, and a water change EVERY week for the rest of its life! Thats actually pretty sweet!
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