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Re: Recifal or FO?

Good evening
Sorry about my long absence.. but been in the middle of my midterms,I finished them for the moment! and well done!! :D
As for my aquarium,glass fixed. got my return pump(DYMAX: 5000l/h,the smaller one is only 2500l/h)

But I am still stuck with the expensive lighting... I am thinking again to buy from ebay..
As professionals what do you think of these? as i understood it has 14white 12k and 6 actinic blue right?

New 60W LED Aquarium Fish Tank Coral Reef Flood Light 14WHITE 12000K 6BLUE 460nm | eBay

I will get two of them for my (120x60x65)
What do you think?

Thanks a lot!! Once the lighting is resolved I will fill my aquarium,already paid and reserved my live rocks
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They look ok.I myself have not used them.They seem well priced and proper wattage and temp. of bulbs.I'd give em a try but possibly be prepared to buy maybe 2 more in the future to get more light.$100 isn't that much to at least see if they are a good start.



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Those light will not work for a 400 L tank. Also the spectrum of lighting won't show off the corals well at all. With a tank that big you will have to spend a little for your lighting. Three of these would work. Evergrow Dimmable Full Spectrum D120 120W LED Light for Reef saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image Aquarium | eBay


I run simular lights and I love them! You could also just buy 2 but you would have some shaded areas.
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Yeah.. You are right..
Economising on the lighting seems to be a bad idea.
I will buy 2 maxspect razor 160w each. But as a beginning i will buy one and then buy the second one.they will cost me 450$each
The one that you posted don't deliver to my country i'm too far..
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Good evening !
I wanted to give an information about the glass change,maybe someday in the future by reading this topic,it could save someone from a catastrophe...
Once we pressed a bit with a cuter to remove the silicon the corner of the cracked glass entirely cracked...I could not imagine with all the pressure of the water..
So I really advice once your aquarium has a crack,to change the glass.. to avoid any chances of inundation :P



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Good evening!
Before filling the aquarium I would like to put a layer of Styrofoam 1cm between the table and the aquarium.
I saw that some advice to place one under the aquarium and others don't.. what do you think??

Thanks a lot! I hope you are having a great week!! :D
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Re: Recifal or FO?

Many use foam or some kind of pad without problem.
It can't hurt any!



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Hey!
How are you?
I hope you are having a great week-end!!
Here everything is fine,getting ready to fill my tank.But a "silly" question..
this is the sump that was made by the pet store for my reef aquarium:



I really don't know how to use it..
where should I place the skimmer? the return pump?(the return pump must be in the second chamber,but which one is the second? )
I mean in which chamber should the water of the aquarium arrive to the sump?

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Doen't look like it will make much of a difference.I would put return pump in chamber 2(the bigger) so you will have more water to evaporate before needing to top off.The skimmer could go in either,but if you can get in #1 and return it in #2 then you know you are recycling needlessly.
One more thing;when you fill the sump make sure to add water to both sides in even increments so as to not have all the pressure of one side full and the other empty.If you fill just #1 and let it overflow to fill #2 it may break the bond on the baffle(ask me how I know?)



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Thank you for the advices!!
Oh!! I will be careful when filling it..
I might have known the answer,you got that accident :S

Have a nice week-end coralbandit! :D
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Hey !
I hope you are doing fine.
Still working on my tank lol,
to cover the silicone of the aquarium,i thought to put aluminium joints on the boundaries of the aquarium(I don't know if you understood what i mean),1 it will make it look better,and will make the tank stronger.
For the sides no problem.
But for the bottom,one side of the aluminium will go under the aquarium.Will it be a problem to have aluminium on the bottom glass?In fact I am afraid that now the tank will lay on the aluminium not on the tank,even if the aluminium is ~1mm thick and i placed a Styrofoam under the tank/
What do you think?will it be okay?because i didn't find any aluminium without a 90 degrees corner.

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Re: Recifal or FO?

Placing the aluminum should be no problem.Even without the foam it will help to distribute the weight like many of our tanks with their plastic frames.Most of our store bought tanks have plastic frame that holds glass upto 1/2" off the stand.So I think you'll be fine.If it had been on all joints in the beginning you may have avoided your accident?



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Great!! :D You really are the most active member on this forum,thanks a lot for all your help! It is really kind from you
Yes.. :/ If I had the frames before the accident I would have avoided it.....
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Nothing special to show but it is good to see the aquarium in good condition again :P
you can see my bed through the reflexion of the glass,it is that near :P I hope this tank won't be too noisy lol
Oh and between,I was checking for live rocks in the pet stores.. all the pet stores keep them in unlighted aquarium..(usually they are placed in hudge sumps,under big aquariums) Won't it be the same if I bring them and place them in my tank?? that way I will run my cycle for more time.. Still have 100$ to get to have the led set hehe.
Thanks again coralbandit! have a nice day(if it is a day in your country) Here it is 1:13AM
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Re: Recifal or FO?

6:00 pm in New York(USA).You a night owl!The rock should be fine without light in your tank.It's mostly bacteria and smaller life that come with live rock(very seldom any good corals),but sometimes some sponge growth.You'd be getting ahead of the game if you can "cure" it for a month or so,as many live rock (uncured) will have some die off until it settles in to your tank(about a month).So I see no harm in getting rock before light.You will want filter up and running though.



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Re: Recifal or FO?

hehe yeah I usually don't sleep early.
Deal!!
No problem for the filtration and the skimmer,got them all,what is only missing in my installation is the lighting.

So I will run all the system except the lighting(that I will have very soon).And I will make sure not to place the gravel now,I will wait till the rocks are cured (I will cure them in my tank)
I will read articles about curing live rocks.
Thanks a lot coralbandit! Evening!!
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I hope you are having a great great great week-end's beginning!! :D
As for me tomorrow i am going to get my 600L. RO water,and the saltautolinker.com autolinking image.and the live rocks.
I have a few questions that come to my mind..
my sump is still empty,I only have in it the skimmer and the return pump,
-Shouldn't I add any filtration accessories?
-I will mix tomorrow the RO and the saltautolinker.com autolinking image and once all the salt is dissolved I will place the live rock in the water.
-but which test do I need to check that my parameters are corrects?(salinity..?)I surely need,ph, no2, no3,but what instrument do I need for my salinity measurement( hydrometer?)and what are the results that I should have?

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Your looking for 1.020-1.024 for specific gravity (27-33 salinity ppt).I use a digital meter($$$),but a hydrometer will be fine.
Adding a sponge or two(however many it takes) to make all water flow through them will help alot and will seed with the bacteria as long as you don't rinse it out in plain water.
PH should be 8-8.4(8.2-8.3 )being best.
Have great weekend and ENJOY!,You're getting very close!



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Deal!! Thanks a lot!! :D
Yeah it feels like its getting closer,hehe finally!!
Thanks again! have a nice week-end Will surely update you tomorrow.
Will go to sleep now 1:15am here.
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I just filled my aquarium and placed my live rocks for the time being in the sump.Tomorrow I will place them in the aquarium.
But I was surprised,when I filled to tank I found that between the extreme left and the extreme right corners of the aquarium,the water level differs by 0.5cm! :O
I don't understand how this could happen! Before this aquarium I had a 120cm length freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image aquarium,and never noticed this.. the old aquarium and this one lies on the same stand.
What's wrong? Is it possible that the saltautolinker.com autolinking image caused this? it is not yet totally dissolved,I just added it.. I don't know a matter of pression?..
I am completely lost here..
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.5 cm shouldn't be a big deal but it probly is really off level.The saltautolinker.com autolinking image will have no effect on the water being level(water always finds it own level and is perfect).Possibly you could drain tank and shim up the stand on the one side?I wouldn't just change the tank though if you're going to level it do the stand on the floor.



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