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Re: Starting a 6 gallon.

Post by Hero on February 10th 2010, 6:50 pm

It wouldn't hurt to add it.

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Post by Bluntokian on February 10th 2010, 7:12 pm

I got a small piece of rock in it now waiting on the sand to settle (small piece of LR with the peice of base) Im a little hesitant to add everything because the water is at 1.5 ammonia so its either A: Mini cycle, Or B: Try to make 2 tanks work with one tanks worth of gear. Thoughts?
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Post by Hero on February 11th 2010, 12:19 am

Wait a couple days? Do you have the stuff for the ammonia? You might just transfer the live rock and since the filter on the established tank has the bacteria it should be fine. However if you had to choose i would go with A:Mini cycle. It gets very expensive running two tanks plus mini cycles dont last that long.

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Post by Bluntokian on February 11th 2010, 1:09 am

I have the HOB fuge on the 20L with the heater/powerhead. Relying on the light to keep the 6 warm right now witch it usually holds it at about 85 during the day so thats no problem. Waiting on the water to clear up in the 20L before I transfer anything over. Well, I did take one piece of LR with a margarita and my turbo on it and put it into the 20L with the piece of base rock. I did have 8 pounds of LR in the 6 anyway so I could swing it, That way while im waiting im still getting the mini cycle started so its good and gone quicker. Overall I think I really have the balancing act handled very well considering. I also have the 20L RIGHT beside the 6 because im going to raise the 6 and set it up as a fuge for cheato basically have another powerhead forcing water up a tube into it and it overflowing back into the 20L. I HOPE I have it figured out as well as I think I do. Im leaving that decision up to you and jacob since you two have more experience though.
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Post by Bluntokian on February 11th 2010, 6:37 pm

Welp. Got the 6 moved over just now, Gotta finish moving the sand over and drain the tank to be scrubbed, Then, The fuge work starts
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Post by Hero on February 11th 2010, 7:55 pm

Pics Smile.

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Post by Bluntokian on February 11th 2010, 7:58 pm

Couldnt see anything if I took them. I need to find my filter floss and get it into the HOB fuge, Cheato as my mechanical filtration for clearin the water isnt great...Il see what I can do about having the water clear enough to get pics tomorrow if I can find some.
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Post by Bluntokian on February 12th 2010, 12:52 am

Okay well after a lot of annoying mess ups on detailed drawings I just done something basic. This is my plumbing sketch, Spray bars will be just above the sand bed for an undertoe

I promised pics:




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Post by Hero on February 12th 2010, 7:57 pm

Looks nice. Though you do have a lot of lines in your drawing.

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Post by Bluntokian on February 12th 2010, 9:17 pm

I made it look a lot more complex than it is. Basically a pump in the back right of the 20L PVC runs up and over to the fuge down the back and sprays out of little holes il drill in it. One in the 6 goes basically the same thing over to the 20L but it will go to the left side of the tank and spray towards the right. Both of them will have end caps on them to keep them spraying the way I want.
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Post by Bluntokian on February 16th 2010, 9:14 pm

Well, I got to fintastic just in time today and saved a ocellaris clown and 2 zoa frags from the fish store for $18.

Already noticed the rock has at least 1 bristle worm and what looked like a tiny isopod (I GOT MY WISH!! YAY!!!) Im not sure what the pointy thing is yet. I dont believe its a nem of any kind. Maybe a small urchin?


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Post by ~ocean on February 17th 2010, 12:00 pm

I don't know what that is but your tank is looking good!

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Re: Starting a 6 gallon.

Post by Bluntokian on February 17th 2010, 2:51 pm

Thanks. Cant wait for my protein skimmer Excited it should be here saturday.
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Post by Bluntokian on February 17th 2010, 4:20 pm

Okay so I think I have my CUC picked out:

5 Zig Zag Periwinkles.
1 Bag of Pods for fuge and another for display.
2 Turbo's
3 Nassarius Vibex
10 Dwarf Cerith

I might add a crab. Im not sure quite yet im a little hesitant. If I do get one I think il go with an acro crab.
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Post by ~ocean on February 19th 2010, 2:00 pm

nice. Crab could do.

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Re: Starting a 6 gallon.

Post by Bluntokian on February 19th 2010, 4:45 pm

Found a tiger star on the zoa rock.

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Post by Bluntokian on February 23rd 2010, 6:54 pm

Ordering my CUC right now...Not paying $20 extra for express shipping just for 2 turbos, So, I replaced them with 5 extra zig zag periwinkles and 2 florida ceriths

Okay so I painted the 6 tonight, Started working on my plumbing, I have saltwater mixing, And, Me and the guy at reefcleaners had a talk about how fed up shipping is. Anyway, I figured id post a quick pic of the spray bars. Each has 14 holes so the flow should be about even and if not I can add an extra to witchever I need.

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Post by Bluntokian on February 25th 2010, 1:41 am

Okay so I set EVERYTHING up and...Sure enough, I need an extra hole on the return bar to hopefully aleviate the back pressure diffirence, And I need to re-seal all the joints etc because apparently there is a leak somewhere.
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Post by Rambo on February 25th 2010, 5:29 pm

nice tank! my 20g lagoon with my pipefish busted last night Crying or Very sad . I was able to save all livestock though.
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Re: Starting a 6 gallon.

Post by Bluntokian on February 26th 2010, 1:43 am

WHEW...Close call there then huh?
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Post by Bluntokian on February 26th 2010, 3:07 pm

CUC just got here. Acclimating them now.
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Re: Starting a 6 gallon.

Post by Hero on March 4th 2010, 10:33 pm

Looks like a small snail (sharp pointy thing), i also noticed a lot of little corals and stuff on your rocks. Looks like your doing good. How about a fts?

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Post by Bluntokian on March 4th 2010, 11:42 pm

Will do. I did notice that the weird red thing is an anemone if I had to make a shot in the dark. Unlike the zoas it dosent close up at night but it does move/respond to flower changes, touches etc.
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Post by Bluntokian on March 5th 2010, 12:49 am

WEELLLLL...Just tested the tank, Its in a mini cycle Sad .5 Ammonia, 20 Nitrates. 7.8 PH and 0 Nitrites. I know what is causing it though. I had to use some cotton pillow stuffing to get some mechincal filtration in the tank when I set it up and I forgot to take it out. Skimmer is still breaking in. Il get new pics up tomorrow, Im going to do a WC and break down/scrub the HOB and try to get some new filter floss and maybe see if I cant figure out a way to increase the HOB size. Oh and im thinking about rescaping.
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Post by Hero on March 5th 2010, 9:34 pm

Interesting. Looks to me to be some sort of macrodactolyis or however it's spelled. Laughing.

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