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Documentation of my first new aquarium build. Upgrading to a 55 gal Clear for Life Uniquarium from a 28 gal Nano Cube after 1 yr, 9 mos. as a reef tank owner!
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Let's Get It Started! Test tank & Clean Sand 09.16.12

Posted 09/25/2012 at 12:25 AM by sweetyness

OK, I finally have the time to get this baby going!

1. I took off the protective plastic on the new tank and removed all the bio balls in the back area. I will replace with live rock & chaeto algae to use as a rufugium. I also removed the filter sponges on the right back.
[IMG]http://janayeakel.com/graphics/Reef-Tank/045.jpg[/IMG]

2. I took the tank outside to test with water & power. No leaks, pump works great...Quiet! (I'm sure the rubber feet help). I placed a small red piece of yarn in the main display area and watched how to traveled through the back filtration area. Perfect!
[IMG]http://janayeakel.com/graphics/Reef-Tank/051.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://janayeakel.com/graphics/Reef-Tank/050.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://janayeakel.com/graphics/Reef-Tank/052.jpg[/IMG]

3. Washed the CaribSea SeaFlor sand a bit. I really like the size and texture of this sand. My first 24 gal Nano had too course sand w/ a lot of crushed coral added. Then I switched to fine sand for my 28 gal Nano- way too easy to fly around, look dirty faster. This sand is perfect for me.
[IMG]http://janayeakel.com/graphics/Reef-Tank/062.jpg[/IMG]

So far I love the look of this tank! Next bring it inside and add rocks, sand & water!
(sorry this post was sitting in my Drafts folder... duh )
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    hi! i just picked up the same tank but 125g. do you have pics of how you setup your refugium? have you had good success with your corals? please let me know
    Posted 04/02/2013 at 06:10 PM by bigfatsmellycat bigfatsmellycat is offline
 

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