Does a Macro Reef Need the Following?

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Does a Macro Reef Need the Following?

Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 5:53 pm

- Canister filter
- Protein Skimmer
- Sump (I can't get one if it needs a sump)
- Supplementing
- "Proper" lighting

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Post by Hero on October 5th 2009, 7:42 pm

Well i would say it needs most importantly a Canister filter, lighting and a protein skimmer and then supplementing. Sumps really are quite pointless because the algae absorbs all the phosphates and what not. Also in the blog he doesn't have a sump.

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Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 7:43 pm

*silent cheer*

That means I can get one!
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Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 7:44 pm

What do you suggest I supplement for macro-algea? Seeing as I'm not familiar with it I want to be sure I use the proper products.
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Post by Hero on October 5th 2009, 7:50 pm

I would say calcium. However that's in tropical tanks but i am assuming the structure of the algae is the same.

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Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 7:58 pm

Probably... I'll ask around a bit more though just to be sure.
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Post by Hero on October 5th 2009, 8:17 pm

Yeah. You will want very good lighting so that the macros don't die.

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Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 8:27 pm

What do you think of Metal-Halide lighting?
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Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 8:29 pm

http://www.thepufferforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=19557

There's the link to my board on TPF.
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Post by Hero on October 5th 2009, 8:34 pm

I wouldn't use that much lighting but just in case i checked the blog and heres what it said.

* 1000 liters. Self built composite with glass only in front.
* Sump 100 liters
* Skimmer Deltec APF600
* Ozone generator Sander Certizon C100
* Light - 6x54W T5 tubes
* Chiller Teco TR20, 480 Watts engine
* Return pump Eheim 1262
* 6 internal ph with wave motion

His tank was also 240 Gallons i believe.
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Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 8:38 pm

What are Ozone generators and internal phs?
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Post by Hero on October 5th 2009, 8:40 pm

Ozone generators clean your water really well and clear it up to. Not a necessity. I'm not sure about the phs. I would google it.

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Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 9:21 pm

I won't get one in the beginning. I can't afford everything as it is!

I couldn't find anything on internal ph.
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Post by Hero on October 5th 2009, 9:23 pm

Hmm. Well i don't think it is a necessity as your tank is only a 55 correct?

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Post by Brent on October 5th 2009, 9:26 pm

I could make it a 55 if I was getting a freshwater tank, but seeing as I'm not it's staying a 25. It's strictly experimental right now anyways. I need to see how everything works out before upgrading.
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Post by Hero on October 5th 2009, 9:43 pm

Excellent job of planning ahead Wink.

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Re: Does a Macro Reef Need the Following?

Post by Brent on October 6th 2009, 1:43 pm

Smile

I'm really excited for this tank, that's probably why I'm planning so well.

Just one more question: In my experience with FW I know that (most) plants do not need to be placed into an established aquarium; is it the same with SW?
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Post by Hero on October 6th 2009, 9:50 pm

Yeah. Except i believe some are sensitive to high nitrates.

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Post by Brent on October 7th 2009, 1:43 pm

Nitrates aren't hard to maintain. I have Prime.
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Post by Hero on October 7th 2009, 5:12 pm

Okay then. Do have a estimated time period for collecting stuff?

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Post by Brent on October 7th 2009, 5:31 pm

Yep! I'm going to get some stuff this weekend! Very Happy
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Post by Hero on October 7th 2009, 5:51 pm

Very Happy!!! Exciting. Do you have the tank setup yet?

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Re: Does a Macro Reef Need the Following?

Post by Brent on October 7th 2009, 5:55 pm

Well, no rocks, but other than that I'm ready to go! I'm buying a chiller and some T5 bulbs on Friday and I'll be getting the livestock Monday before I come back from the holiday.

I'm getting fish next time I go; after the tank has had time to establish itself.
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Post by Hero on October 7th 2009, 6:00 pm

Assuming that will be in the spring (getting new fish). Where are you going to get your rocks?

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Post by Brent on October 7th 2009, 6:18 pm

Yep, in the Spring.

I could either get them from the same place as the macroalgea or just buy some from the pet store.
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