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    AmberLee's Avatar

    DO I need a...[skimmer, filter, ro/di, reactor, ATO, etc.]

    This is really good, thanks for all the info. My question is, is having an RO/DI systems a must at first? The salt we are buying comes with a "de-chlorinating" agent, that states we can use tapwater still. We do want to get an RO/DI system but not straight away. After seeing a lot of stuff on here, I have realised how crazy expensive things are in Australia, so we're hoping to skim on RO/DI for a couple of months.
    Posted 12/13/2014 at 05:24 AM by AmberLee AmberLee is offline
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    GFO and Algae

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge! I have a 3 month tank that has been showing hair algae for about 2 weeks. I started phosban in a reactor last week and was wondering why I didn't see an improvement. Thanks to you, I have a new time expectation. I feel much better.
    Posted 10/31/2014 at 09:24 AM by hanksweb hanksweb is offline
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    Showpiece fish in your tank---good idea? or not?

    I have no experience with the larger angels, as to how they tolerate the dwarfs.
    Posted 10/26/2014 at 01:35 PM by Sk8r Sk8r is offline
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    jamayhew's Avatar

    Showpiece fish in your tank---good idea? or not?

    Sorry I forgot to mention that its a FOWLR Tank. I was thinking about putting a Flame angel and Bi-Color Angel
    Posted 10/26/2014 at 08:42 AM by jamayhew jamayhew is offline
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    Showpiece fish in your tank---good idea? or not?

    If the DOTTY will tolerate them, gobies and blennies. You may find a small number of milder damsels help calm nerves among the larger fish: they're the reef bellwethers, first to dive if there's a predator.
    Posted 10/26/2014 at 12:48 AM by Sk8r Sk8r is offline
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    Showpiece fish in your tank---good idea? or not?

    I need your opinion please...

    I have had my 300 gallon Rubbermaid stock stank and 100 gallon "sump" Rubbermaid stock tank up and running for a couple years now. I currently have:

    Emperor Angel
    Blue Hippo Tang
    Vlamingii Tang
    Blonde Naso Tang
    Purple Tang
    Clown Fish
    2 Chromis
    Neon Dotty

    I'm wondering If it will be OK to add a few more fish?
    Posted 10/26/2014 at 12:06 AM by jamayhew jamayhew is offline
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    Posted 10/25/2014 at 11:37 AM by Sk8r Sk8r is offline
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    When and how to start with corals.

    I have been reading your blogs and really appreciate the time you have taken to be detailed and help out us newbies
    Posted 10/25/2014 at 08:43 AM by Eac7466 Eac7466 is offline
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    Cycling does not mean turning your tank into a toxic zone...

    Ty,I will be doing as you say,I'm getting some live rock straight from an established tank still bringing up the salinity slowly,nearly there.
    Posted 09/15/2014 at 12:25 AM by OoooDRAGONoooo OoooDRAGONoooo is offline
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    Do I need a filter...FYI.

    Don't forget phosphates. They can inhibit corals from taking in calcium and carbonate.
    Posted 08/20/2014 at 02:04 PM by cherubfish pair cherubfish pair is offline
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    ardsman's Avatar

    HOW TO SET UP A TANK, condensed verions (retitled)

    learning curve

    I have learned more in your blogs tonight than in the weeks I have been a member, keep em coming guy!
    Posted 08/08/2014 at 08:50 PM by ardsman ardsman is offline
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    A Coralline How-to and Why

    I love the coralline and all the invertebrates! Thanks for the information!
    Posted 06/11/2014 at 06:09 PM by claireputput claireputput is offline
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    Sk8r if you run lights in your refugium on an opposite schedule, do you need to leave these lights off as well?
    Posted 06/02/2014 at 02:56 PM by boogly boogly is offline
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    The Users' Guide to Green Hair Algae

    How long does it take for a tank to "mature?"
    Posted 05/29/2014 at 08:56 AM by aceofspadeskb aceofspadeskb is offline
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    The Users' Guide to Green Hair Algae

    This is great information. I am new to the hobby and have been wondering what the hell I am doing wrong that would cause me to get this stuff.

    It never crossed my mind that it could just be that my tank is king of new. My tank has been up and running for 6 months now. I just started to think back to when the green hair algae started and I think it started right after I started feeding phyto to my tank.

    You just gave me back some of my sanity. Thank you!
    Posted 05/27/2014 at 12:07 PM by Webmanny Webmanny is offline
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    Posted 05/13/2014 at 06:03 PM by frogdog frogdog is offline
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    Bullet-proof set-up procedure: introduction of CUC and fish

    humm interesting!! as I will be starting my tank here soon..just one question, what do you start you QT tank with??You don't have water that has good bacteria yet..??
    Posted 04/20/2014 at 11:03 AM by scott3569 scott3569 is offline
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    Do I need GFO? What can it do for me?

    Sk8r, thank you for the simple, informative write-up! I was curious what GFO was and how it works, and having done major hair algae battles in the past, this sounds like a definite strategy to use in my next tank design.
    Posted 04/13/2014 at 12:17 AM by Milo Milo is offline
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    Bullet-proof set-up procedure: introduction of CUC and fish

    I would like to thank you for posting this, this is the proper and complete way to start a tank.
    Posted 04/03/2014 at 03:33 PM by Blazen Blazen is offline
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    Sk8r's Avatar


    Start without a blanket: just turn the lights out. If this doesn't work, then you may need more protection from light.
    Fish will happily come out to eat, mostly, and if they don't, don't worry.
    Storms on the ocean do this all the time. Yes, your corals will be fine.
    You have the right idea, just no blanket unless you have strong ambient light, and even then don't shroud it completely.
    Posted 03/08/2014 at 11:30 AM by Sk8r Sk8r is offline

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