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  1. Unfortunately I tried a couple different hang on the back filters and thespacing between te back and the small rectangle is too big or too small in some cases. Another issue I have is that the rectangle itself is only 1.75 inches in width so the water flows onto the top. I've decided to go with AQUATOP MR-20 Multimedia Reactor with Pump for mechanical filtration.
  2. I'm going to use dry rock and Instant Ocean BIO-Spira Water Treatment for Aquariums to add bacteria. I have run into a snag, I cant use hang on the back mechanical filters. So I'm wondering if you guys can help me out. Should I spend the money on a nice protein skimmer or a mechanical filter. See the attached photo.
  3. No not yet. Getting it tomorrow. I used live sand though.
  4. Hello, I got my tank finally. With 2 inch base of sand it has a volume of 24 gallons. So I'm thinking of doing the two clownfish and the one goby since it's about 4 gallons less than advertised. I will keep you posted in 6 weeks once it has cycled. Thank you for all your help.
  5. Can I add the macro algae at the beginning of the cycling?
  6. Hi Seabass, Thank you for all your help. Are certain macro algae better at fixating nitrate than others or is it pretty much comparable. I'm thinking seagrass might be the way to go since it will be low to the ground and won't block the bta or candy coral.
  7. Hi Clown79 and HookedonAquariums, Thank you for your responses. I've realized that I need to return the penguin filter because it's not practical for me to have it run in the middle of the tank. It's the only way it fits since the sides of the hexagon width aren't bigger than 8 inches or so. I'm definitely not gungho about the clam, I just remember seeing them in Thailand and they are beautiful. I'm definitely more into the bubble tip anemone for the clowns since they are my foundational fish. I'll run both the macegrow and the hipargero and I think the two of them together should do the trick. Won't the shrimp, crabs, and snails munch up any macroalgae? Hi Seabass, I think I was confusing the carbon cycle with the nitrogen cycle when I wrote that.
  8. Hi Seabass, Are there specific corals that do a better job of filtering the bio load than others? If I just ran the protein skimmer should I add more live rock than the 15 pounds?
  9. Hi Seabass, thank you for your input. Could you give me your opinion HIPARGERO LED Aquarium Light - LED Aquarium Lights 65W Saltwater Lighting with RF Remote Control and 3W/5W Cree Chips for 12-24 Inch for Coral Reef Fish Marine Tank. I bought the 30watt at a really good price so it's really not worth returning. Could the above light be enough between the two for the clam and BTA? Also I've gotten feed back that the penguin filter isn't needed, but dont I need a mechanical filter even with live rock?
  10. I've purchased a macegrow Led Aquarium Light-Aqua Knight 30W Touch Control Aquarium. More I read though it seems this won't be enough light for coral growth. I need about 70 more watts of power based on my tank size from your recommendation.
  11. Can I use a combination of lighting from different sides? The top doesnt have a lot of surface/ area space. Could I run a compact florescent strip on both sides or would that be too bright for the fish?
  12. Thank you Seabass. Yeah I'll have to do more research regarding how corals photosynthesize verses algae photosynthesis. I know the LEDs have both blue and red spectrum lighting, but the compact fluorescents are mostly blue. How strong of a light does coral need? I have fixtures of both starting at 50 watts up to 300 watts-viparspectra 300.
  13. Hello, Thank you for your responses! I had a freshwater tank along time ago, but have been more into plants the last five years or so. Just recently moved into an apartment without a garden and have always wanted to get into saltwater. I have a variety of LEDs and high compact fluorescents from my growing days, so I'm not too worried about the light even with the depth. I just purchased the 28 gallon hexagon on Monday because of space in my apartment and it was a steal at 85 dollars from petsmart, normally it's about 275. If I didn't go with the clam could I do another two to 3 inch fish or is this pushing the limits of the tank? If so, what would you suggest? Based on what I've read I'm going to cycle the tank for the next 6 weeks, add live rock, 2 weeks later add the coral, then 2 weeks later add the fish? Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.
  14. I am new to saltwater fish keeping. I was wondering if anyone could give insight into my hypothetically set up. I have a 28 gallon 21"L x 18"W x 20"H tank. Lots of info on normal sized aquariums but lots of conflicting information on hexagon fish capacity. I am going to run a marineland penguin 350 power filter, rio nano protein skimmer, hydor koralia nano 240 gph circulation pump. I am unsure as to what size heater I need? I am thinking of doing a reef tank with 15 pounds live rock. I was wondering if i could house 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, 1 neon blue goby, and 1 orange Striped Prawn Goby. Crustacean and Mollusk wise I am thinking of 1 Maxima Clam, 3 Banded Trochus Snails, 2 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crabs, and 1 Pacific Clown Anemone Shrimp. I am thinking about the following corals/plants: 1 Bubble Tip Anemone(higher in the water column on one side),1 Toadstool Mushroom Leather Coral(also higher up in the water column on the opposing side), 2 Candy Cane Corals (starting from each side of the live rock toward the bottom of the tank). Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.