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JaneClifton

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  1. Thanks again, I’ll take a deeper look. I didn’t put a valve on the line, I thought about it initially but didn’t think it would be needed. Ugh! It’s not to big of a deal, I have one with two unions on the way. Hopefully I’ll be set after that. I wish I joined this group a year ago when I first started planning this adventure!
  2. Thanks, that makes a lot of sense to me. The rock is just in a big tub with no other life in it. I purchased a Bottle of Dr. Tim’s Ammonia and One and Only Nitrifying Bacteria earlier today to hopefully give it a better start expeciallg to help encourage bacteria population on the Marine Pure block. I’ll let you all know how it works out!
  3. Oh no! I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I’ve had it for a while now so I’m going to give it a shot. Is it something where you could just install a higher quality pump? 🤔
  4. Thanks! I would like to keep macrogae at some point once the tank has been running for a while. Good to know I have more time to look into lighting!
  5. Thanks! They sell the rock wet. I assumed that I still would need to cycle the tank since it will be a new setup.
  6. Thanks to everyone who has welcomed me to the group and have provided great advice so far. I’m getting more confident to start my 29 gallon Aqueon tank now. I’m hoping to modify my Eshopps Eclipse S with the mods that @matth6761 so kindly demonstrated and do a final water test over the next week or so. I currently have the following: - Red Sea NO3/PO4 Algea Control Pro test kit - Neptune Apex EL with a PH and Temperature probe. I plan to order the following: - Red Sea Marine Care (NH3/NH4, NO3, NO2, PH, and KH) -Marine Pure block to put in my sump -Instant Ocean sea salt - CaribSea Arag-alive Fiji Pink sand - Pre-cured Real Reef Rock from my lfs Am I missing anything? I was thinking about going with the “phantom feeding” method to cycle my tank. I’m curious to hear your opinions based on my product selections. I’ve read a lot about the nitrogen cycle over the past few weeks and I’m still a little nervous that I won’t do it right. Also, would it be necessary to purchase a refugium light at this time if all that I have in it will be the Marine Pure block? Thanks!
  7. This is fantastic! I really appreciate this video, thank you for taking the time to share it. ... is that an SCA-301 protein skimmer I see? That’s the one I chose for my tank.
  8. This is great! Thank you so much! I was thinking of siliconing a strip to it but I wasn’t sure if that was a good idea. I’ll look into installing a ball valve in the line as well.
  9. Lovely tank, I really enjoy the aquascape and bare bottom! I have an Aqueon 29 gallon thank that I’m staring. I have an Eshopps Eclipse S as well. However, when I water tested my plumbing I notice that my waterline falls about a half inch or so below the top boarder. How did you manage to keep your water level at/above that border? I know mine needs some adjustment, the water just pours into the overflow box and straight down the main drain pipe and it’s very noisy. I’m just not sure what would be the best way to correct this. Thanks for sharing!
  10. Hi, I’m digging your aquarium! I’m starting a 29 gallon Aqueon tank that has a similar black boarder at the top. I also have an Eshopps Eclipse S and have that installed just below the lip of boarder. When I water tested my plumbing I noticed the level is about 0.5” or so below that boarder and it bothers me a little. The water also just pours through the box and main drain line into the sump and is rather noisy. How did you control the water level? It looks like you added a ball valve to the main line? My current setup does not have one. Is there anything else that you did? Thanks!
  11. Lovely tank! I have an Eshopps Eclipse S as well for my 29 gallon tank that I’m setting up. My first water test went pretty well, no major leaks in my plumbing that only took minor adjustments to fix. However, the water just spills through the overflow box as it is set up out of the box and it’s noisy. I’d love to see how you set it up in the end. Thanks!
  12. Thank you very much! I’m excited to be apart of the community and to get started in a hobby I’ve been wanting to take up since I was a child. And thank you for your suggestions!
  13. Thanks! Instant Ocean has been my top consideration so far to get the tank started. I was thinking of adding just one clown sometime after the more docile fish have been established. I’m just not sure how long I should wait. Just however long it takes for the tank to stay stable and healthy with the existing fish?
  14. Thank you so much! I’m glad to hear that someone has executed some of my visions with success. How deep is your sand bed?
  15. Hello, everyone! I am new to the community and the reef hobby. I was wondering if some of you would be so kind to share your experiences with me. I have a 29 gallon tank that I have been setting up and have a few questions before putting water in it: Aquascape: I really like the purple Real Reef Rock but I also like the versatility of the dry Pukani to adhere larger, precarious pieces to the bottom of the tank and maybe some smaller pieces to the back wall. Has anyone tried mixing different rock in their aquascape? If so, did you like the final appearance? Substrate: I’m liking the CaribSea Fiji Pink Arag Alive sand. I’ve heard that it can blow around pretty easily in smaller tanks. Has anyone with a 29g tank experience this? I’d also like to get a sand sifting goby of some kind. Would this sand be suitable for bottom feeders? What are your favorite salt mixes for starting out? I have a RO/DI 4 stage system to make my own saltwater at home. I’m also open for fish suggestions. I really like tank-bred fish and have been coveting the benggai cardinals at my local store. I’d eventually like to get a clown fish but I don’t know if I should wait until my tank is established enough to get an anemone first. I love gobies, particularly the sand sifting variety. I’d also like to get a crab and or shrimp and maybe a star fish. Are any combination of these critters a bad idea? Which ones would you add first? Thanks, Jane
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