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Old 12/11/2007, 07:26 AM   #51
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Looks cool, i am also curious which LFS you are going to? Your close to the Hidden Reef in Levittown PA. That store is huge and has a very nice selection of just about everything.


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Old 12/11/2007, 09:22 AM   #52
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Nice rock. How many lbs you have in there?


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Old 12/11/2007, 10:15 AM   #53
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that rock looks awsome. i love all the holes in it. you're on your way.


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Old 12/11/2007, 01:10 PM   #54
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i cant remember the name of the place right now but its in marlton right near the kohls and shoprite

o also i have about 34 lbs of live rock in the tank


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Old 12/11/2007, 02:55 PM   #55
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If its on 70 it is in a small shopping center and has a sign that says Tropical Fish. I think the name is actually Living Color or something like that. Nice store if it is.


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Old 12/11/2007, 03:16 PM   #56
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ya its that one they had a flood in their basement so they remodled it. everything there is very clean


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Old 12/11/2007, 04:35 PM   #57
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I agree, a firefish will take kindly to all those nooks and crannies when they go to sleep in the evening.


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Old 12/11/2007, 05:19 PM   #58
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hey man i feel you 100% im 16 and i started this hobby about 3yrs ago with a 14gallon tank and like everyone at one point i had no idea what the hell i was doing. go slow and i give u an enormous amount of credit for planning out and researching before u buy impulsively. this is what i reccomend getting one of this hqi nanos or try to find one of them used. 2nd get like a 20lb bag of that fiji pink sand and 20lbs of lr. let it cycle with nothing in it. when params are perfect then add 5-10 blue leg hermits which are very hardy and about 2-3 snails then wait for about a week to c if anything comes up. if params are still normal then u can add your first fish which if i recall u said that u wanted some clowns. i would reccomend u go with true percs as they stay relitively small and are very hardy. after adding them in wait another week. when that week is up then go add ur self a coral or two. i would say a good coral to just start off with is some kind of cheap zoos that have some color. wait a week before adding anything else. if all goes well ur params should be good and ur coral should be thriving then u can add what ever u want besides acro,monti,nem due to the tank not yet being mature enough. now the question on the skimmer u asked its not a must have, there have been many beautiful tanks out there that have ran skimmerless and just use biological filtration and activated carbon. on my first tank i had very good results without a skimmer but now on my current 29gallon sps tank i do have a skimmer because sps need pristine water condtions and i have a rather heavy bioload. but no u do not need a skimmer for ur tank to run and be beautiful. u do not need a chiller as long as ur temp is between 80-82degrees farenheight. hope this info helps.


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Old 12/11/2007, 05:23 PM   #59
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oops only read the first page lol sry


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Old 12/11/2007, 05:26 PM   #60
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NICE. Looking really good. Make sure to keep us updated!


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Old 12/11/2007, 07:27 PM   #61
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ya the LR is finally starting to get darker in color and algae is startin to grow on some of the rocks. also little fan looking worms are startin to come out. i think im gonna buy the tunze powerhead, get a moonlight LED since the tank didnt come with one and its kinda dull with no light on at night, and im going to get time because start school at 7 and get home at 2 30 so that means the light would have to be on during the time im at shool, which means i cant see the tank when he lights are on and then ill have to turn it off until tomorrow morning


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Old 12/12/2007, 04:14 PM   #62
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my tank has cycled now for 4 weeks. should it be fine the LR i bought was fully cured and just taken out of a tank that had been running for five years the sand also is the same as the LR. when we got the LR the LFS worker said that i could come back in 1 week which would be on this friday. do u think this is right.

also if i do get fish friday im having a tough decision on what to get. ive looked at firefish(any color) and a clown pair. what would be the better one to add first.


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Old 12/13/2007, 02:24 PM   #63
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im actually getting a pair of ocellaris's tonight if everything goes as planned


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Old 12/13/2007, 05:32 PM   #64
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Don't think it really matters if you get the clowns or the firefish first. My clownfish pair are somewhat territorial, but are only aggressive toward my blue damsel, and leave my firefish alone.

If you must choose, I'd add the firefish first. Let the tank adjust to the bioload for a week or so, then add the clownfish later just incase they're the territorial kind.


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Old 12/18/2007, 08:16 AM   #65
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How is everything now? It was only 4 weeks like a few days ago, and I think that it is time for some new pics!


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Old 12/18/2007, 01:30 PM   #66
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Old 12/18/2007, 01:33 PM   #67
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there was a lot a brown algae growing at first now all the brown algae has gone and is being replaced by green algae. there are also alot of these worms that have appeared on the rock (first pic)


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Old 12/18/2007, 01:45 PM   #68
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although it is starting to become a pain in the a$$ to have to scrub some algae off the glass everyday


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Old 12/18/2007, 02:21 PM   #69
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my tank has cycled now for 4 weeks. should it be fine the LR i bought was fully cured and just taken out of a tank that had been running for five years the sand also is the same as the LR. when we got the LR the LFS worker said that i could come back in 1 week which would be on this friday. do u think this is right.

also if i do get fish friday im having a tough decision on what to get. ive looked at firefish(any color) and a clown pair. what would be the better one to add first.
I would not rely on a time period to see if your tank is ready. If you can test your water parameters or have the fish store test them for you if they do that to see if everything is in order. Just to be on the safe side. The cycle can take 4 weeks or longer depending on your tank and if the rock you added was cured or not already. After testing you should be able to add your clean up crew to hopefully keep some of that algae in check. Don't forget your drip acclimation for invertebrates, and don’t forget to add livestock slowly and give your tank time to adjust to the new inhabitants.

Looks like you are off to a great start there. I can't wait to see how things will turn out for you. Just remember, research, research, question, and research some more. Also, as many others wiser than me have said before on this site, “Only bad things happen quickly in this hobby.” Best of luck to you!


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Old 12/18/2007, 02:29 PM   #70
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thats good cause i just check my params and everything is normal
pH: 8.2-8.4
nitrite: 0 ppm
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Old 12/18/2007, 02:42 PM   #71
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o sorry i didnt post for a while reefman13 i have been a little busy with this little guy

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Old 12/18/2007, 03:05 PM   #72
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I'd go for a purple firefish. Little more pricey than the red firefish, but a little less common. There are plenty of fish that can fill the same niche as the red firefish anyway (color wise).


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Old 12/18/2007, 07:01 PM   #73
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heres the stock list i was thinking of over time

Fish

A. Ocellaris (pair)
Firefish, purple
Clown goby, yellow or green
Six line wrasse
Coral beauty

Inverts

8 blue leg hemits
Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp
2 cerith snails
2 nassarius snails
maybe an anemone after awhile

Corals

Zoas(any kind)
frogspawn/torch/hammer


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Old 12/19/2007, 08:10 PM   #74
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going to go to the LFS tomorrow after school hopefully i come back with something


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Old 12/20/2007, 07:34 PM   #75
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didnt get to the LFS today, but i went to the nieghbors house who i tank sat for and he gave me some frags of his kenya tree and some kind of mushroom(I.D. sorry for the crappy pic)




i also rearanged the rock work so the cave is a lil bigger

going tomorrow to pick up first fish for sure


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