55 Gallon FOWLR Saltwater Tank Journal

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Postby leedham » 2006-04-28 20:52

that sandsifters a groovy lil critter hehe
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Postby Kev » 2006-04-29 10:44

You think there is enough lighting there to have corals if you ever wanted to upgrade to a full reef? Love the Goby though :tup:
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-04-29 22:02

Kev wrote:You think there is enough lighting there to have corals if you ever wanted to upgrade to a full reef? Love the Goby though :tup:

Well a member(Harlock) on another forum(AofA) has a 55g tank with the same light fixture that I have and he was able to keep Mushrooms and I Believe he was successful with Zoos also. I plan to eventually try some Mushrooms, and Zoos and see how they do, but I think they should do fine under this light if I place them closer to the surface. I also really want to get a Sun coral as I definatly have enough light to keep them. I also just finished my 20g refugium except I still need a pump and I can start running it.
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-05-12 02:37

Update: Well I setup my 20g fuge, connected it, and it is now running perfectly. The fuge is going to accomplish two things:

- Added water volume
- Will have Cheato which will consume nutrients and hopefully keep Nitrates down.
- Protein skimmer, heater, and thermometer is placed in the fuge to eliminate the clutter in the main tank.

I set up the fuge alittle differently then the typical method. Instead of having gravity or siphon drain water from the main tank to the fuge and using a pump to return the water I have a Maxijet 1200 pump water from my 55g into the fuge then the water drains back via hole drilled in fuge. I am also going to raise the PVC pipe that pumps water to the fuge so there it eliminates the chance of the water backflowing or siphoning water back into the tank and overflowing the tank if there is a power outage.

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Postby KittyKat » 2006-05-12 10:25

looks better with every day! you probably mentioned this somewhere, but are ou using a syphon system to get the water out of the main tank or to get it back in?
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Postby Apocalypse » 2006-05-12 12:34

That looks great! :tup:
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-05-12 22:18

KittyKat wrote:looks better with every day! you probably mentioned this somewhere, but are ou using a syphon system to get the water out of the main tank or to get it back in?

I set up the fuge alittle differently then the typical method. Instead of having gravity or siphon drain water from the main tank to the fuge and using a pump to return the water I have a Maxijet 1200 pump water from my 55g into the fuge then the water drains back via hole drilled in fuge. :)
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-05-13 16:40

does it matter too much which way it goes?
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-05-20 20:26

KittyKat wrote:does it matter too much which way it goes?

I couldn't drill the tank and didn't want to spend the money for a overflow box so I did it this way. The way I set it up having the fuge higher than the main tank this is the only way I could have done it. I needed some way to pull water from the main tank to the fuge so I used a powerhead.
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-05-20 20:27

Update: I recently added another small Ocellaris Clownfish to give my current Clownfish some company. When I first added the new Clownfish there was some aggression from my current Clown but after awhile they settled down and are now swimming around the tank together. Here are a few new fts and pics of inhabitants.

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Postby Kev » 2006-05-20 20:38

Thats coming along nicely Perfectblue, good work :tup:
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2006-05-20 21:49

Looks fab - nice shot of the snail there!
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Postby KittyKat » 2006-05-20 21:51

lovely fish you've got there ^_^
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Postby Perfectblue » 2006-05-25 00:39

Thanks for the comments everyone. I also added some inverts to my tank. Here is my current list of inhabitants:

Fish:

2 Ocellaris Clownfish
1 Firefish
1 Sandsifting Goby

Inverts:

4 Astraea Snails
4 Nassarius Snails
2 Margarita Snails
1 Cerith Snail
1 Whelk
1 Strawberry Crab
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Postby Surface » 2006-05-25 12:14

Wow Perfectblue, dont know how I missed your pics there on the 20th, I love the way you have redone the live rock in your tank. That is quite the list you have going there too. Cant wait for more pics. :woot:
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