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Refugium thoughts

Posted 12/08/2009 at 01:07 PM by ChadTheSpike

I have been thinking recently, as I have from time to time over the years, about how to maintain significant planktonic life (both phyto- and zoo-) in my tanks. What I repeatedly come down to is that the conditions that we maintain in our tanks to keep various livestock does not match the conditions needed to maintain planktonic life. It seems that the natural tendency of our systems is to consume available nutrients, including plankton over time which results in low nutrients and bio-diversity....
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What to do what to do

Posted 12/08/2009 at 10:37 AM by insane

I have to get rid of all of the Mushrooms, an orange Florida Ricordia, A couple different Yuma Ricordias, a little green Toadstool and a couple zoanthid colonies that came with the rock I got. I had all of the LR in one 100g stock tank and the corals in another 100g stock tank but now that almost all of the rock is in the DT I want to get those stock tanks out of the room and store them in the basement until I switch from the 55g sump behind the DT to using the rubbermades in the basement.
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Sumpin goin on round here

Posted 12/07/2009 at 05:26 PM by insane

I think I have about 1,200-1,400gph moving through the sump now! I rebuilt the 7 way manifold into a wider 8 way with the strongest jets furthest away from the overflow. I have 276lbs of the LR in the DT now and it doesn't look too shabby considering I haven't done any aquascaping in 3 years. Lots-o-swim throughs for the fishies. Not that I have any fishies yet and it will be some time before I do get any fishies. The fishies will be a small school of Heniochus Diphreutes fishies along with a school...
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Fire it up, literaly

Posted 12/07/2009 at 08:21 AM by insane

The sump is done and today it will be started up. But first I have to rebuild the 7 way over the top return manifold, hook up the return pump, set up the aqualifter on the CPR CS150 1,600gph HOB overflow and run two dedicated electrical circuits to the tank to supply the power.

Yesterday I had an antique 400w Hamilton MH magnetic ballast catch fire in the house. I was using that old 72" fixture over the stock tanks holding the rock and corals for the past month. Luckily I was...
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Bare Bottom........ something different

Posted 12/06/2009 at 09:47 PM by Konadog

Now I don't really like the look of the bare bottom, and after reading a thread on Rubble Bottoms I really liked the idea. So off to pick up a few boxes of small rubble rock and fill in the bottom.

After looking through all my rock, I decided I liked the tonga branch pieces the best. Here's my first bucket of rubble for the tank,

Its about 30# of rubble, and after putting it in between all the rock,...
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