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About morningcalm93

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  1. Oh interesting!! I'll definitely have to look into that! Awesome thanks!!
  2. 😂 I'm starting to see that hahaha I continued doing more research into sumps etc and I think I'm gonna end up going with an Overflow box and a sump. I think by "nothing HOB" i meant more like doing an Aquaclear 110 as the filtration lol.... I'm wanting to keep things visually clean and minimal, but an overflow box wouldn't be too bad. Yeah I think i'm likely going to go with the sump and overflow box... Now the question becomes purchasing a sump, buying a baffle kit and building one, or building one from scratch lol I'm considering going with an Aqueon Proflex Modular sump, I'm not the most handy with building aquarium things so purchasing might be a more convenient way to go for me. Okay good to know! This tank is shorter than the biocube I previously had it on so I'm thinking that will help as well if I keep it. Thanks so much for your help!
  3. Hi all, I'm returning to the saltwater scene with a new tank and so many more questions! I have a Mr. Aqua 22 (36"x12"x12") thats currently set up as a freshwater however I'm planning on switching it to a reef tank in the coming months. I previously had an AIO Biocube 29 with some minor modifications, however now that I don't have an AIO I'm somewhat confused on where to begin. From what I've read a sump isn't automatically necessary however I like the idea of increasing my total volume and having a refugium. I have an Aquatic Life 115 protein skimmer but I'm not sure if it would work in a sump, its meant to be an internal skimmer... (thoughts??) I'd like to keep it as low tech as possible (I have the skimmer already so if it would work I'd likely use it but if not then I wouldn't buy a new one). Also I don't want to drill the tank, or have anything hang on the back. Picky I know 😂 I've never done a sump before, from my understanding the flow of water is as follows: (please correct me if I'm wrong lol) Gravity doing the work to get the water to the sump (is this an overflow chamber type thing??) - a chamber with mechanical filtration - baffles - refugium chamber - baffles - return pump Is a sump/refugium doable without drilling the tank? How would that work? Would a regular outtake hose work? If a sump isn't realistic without drilling the tank, what are my options for a refugium type thing? Are there any? I have a canister filter from my freshwater set up that I could use as a mechanical filter and for water circulation in addition to a power head. For those of you with no sump/filter what do you use for circulation? Just power heads? Lighting is pretty much a mystery to me, I got a decent light super discounted at a LFS but its only a 24" light and the brackets don't extend past that. Its a Coralife T5 H.O. Lunar and it worked pretty well for the Biocube. I'm hoping I'll be able to rig up some sort of hanging kit for it so that I can still use it on the new tank. Any ideas would be very helpful!! Stocking: Corals: My hope is to do a mostly softies tank with a few lps and maybe one or two low level sps. Fish: Pair of clowns Clown goby Royal gramma maybe one other but not sure what yet Inverts: CUC maybe a shrimp Thanks for reading!
  4. Corals and a CUC added yesterday!! I ended up adding some snails and hermits and I plan on adding more types of snails just to get a good variety... Coral wise I added a couple ricordia's, a two head green hammer, and a tiny frag of rastas! I'll upload some pictures later tonight! My LFS is getting a massive order of corals in this coming weekend and they just got a nice order of fish in so I'll most likely be going back this weekend and picking up more of everything for the tank!
  5. At this point I'm going to stick with them! I had some good growth on some of my easier corals (which I know isn't a huge deal but for my first saltwater tank I was really excited lol!!) If I upgrade them in the future I'll probably go with LED's... not sure though haven't researched them too much... I believe its an aquatic life fixture and yup 24 inches
  6. Yeah! I got it from my LFS so I got to pick out exactly what pieces I wanted which was really nice! but yeah I like it so far, no real difference that I've been able to determine
  7. FTS I used a combo of Real Reef and fiji live rock I'm pretty happy with the aquascape (insane I know!! I'm sure I'll change it eventually lol) little unsure of the top two rocks but we'll see.... Planning on adding Dr Tims and fish this weekend! PS I'll get a few pictures with my DSLR tonight
  8. I don't think that I disliked anything about the pairing... The pistol shrimp moved a good amount of sand around but I knew that could happen going into it so it wasn't a big deal. For this tank I'm really trying to plan it out and do more of my dream tank/ stock and I want a clown goby/ possibly a hawkfish over the YWG... If the clown goby/ hawkfish doesn't workout then I'd definitely add a YWG and Pistol. Does that make sense? lol Awesome! Yeah I've heard the same about matrix but I want to see how the inTank stuff is going to work and then go from there.... My water is really clear right now so thats nice but yeah we'll see how it goes down the line. And if I ever upgrade my lights I'm pretty sure I want to go with LED's I'll post some pictures tonight!
  9. So I'm officially rebuilding my tank! I had it up and running for about 9 months before it crashed while I was away. I definitely didn't plan enough last time I started this tank so I'm trying to be more methodical and organized this time around. Tank: Biocube 29 - I believe its the Oceanic version... I bought it used Lights: T5's no idea what color specturm the bulbs are, bought the lighting with the tank, I need to replace the bulbs soon anyway. Mods: Previous owner took off the hood and got rid of the false floors. Chamber 1: Heater Chamber 2: I purchased an inTank media basket and fuge basket that are supposed to arrive today, I'm planning on running Purigen and Chemi-pure elite in the media basket and cheato in the fuge. I'm really hoping it helps keep my parameters under control. Chamber 3: Return pump For cycling I'm planning on using Dr's Tim's one and only, a few of my friends have used it and they said it worked really well. I'm interested to see how its going to work... I'm pretty sure I'm going to get new live rock and sand from my LFS, my rock is essentially dry rock at this point and I don't really want to go through the entire curing process again... As well I tried so many different aquascapes and couldn't find one I liked, which I know I'll never be completely happy with it but still I need to get some new pieces and shapes to work with... Stock plans: Fish: 2 Clowns - I'm thinking of going with snowflakes 1 Royal Gramma 1 Green Clown Goby I had a YWG and pistol shrimp in my last tank and I loved watching them but I'm not sure if I want to add them to this tank again. I also really really want a green mandarin but I know how hard they are to keep so I don't think I'm going to get one until I get a bigger tank... I'd love to add a flame hawkfish but not sure if I could do both it and the clown goby. Coral: I want to do a huge zoa garden near the bottom of the tank, some softies, a few different hammers/ torchs and a couple of sps maybe a birdsnest and a monti.... Any opinions and suggestions? I'll be uploading photos later this week once I get everything ready to go!
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