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  1. DivingBellSpider

    Help Me Choose My Dwarf Lion.

    Hello all, when I finish cycling my 90 gallon FOWLR, I want to build around a dwarf lionfish, but I’m on the fence as to which one. There are things I like about each one. I like the zebra for it’s more traditionally lionfish appearance, I like the fu Manchu because I love the way they hunt...
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    Clean Up Crew Question

    Hello All, I’ve seen a lot of suggestions about when to add the CUC. Many people seem to say you should add them even before you get your first fish. If that’s the case, and you add your CUC who add a small bioload, then you add your fish a couple of weeks afterwards, wouldn’t that set the bio...
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    Most Efficient Order Of Sump Chambers

    Hello all, In the opinion of those who have done this for a long time, what is the most effective order of the sump chambers? Should it go intake and skimmer, refugium, Then return? Or are intake and skimmer, return, Where the refugium is controlled by a gate valve from the return? The...
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    Gph For Return Pump

    Just a quick question. I have a 90 gallon aquarium, with a 29 gallon sump. I just got a return pump with a 1050 GPH. Since I’ve heard that the return pump does not provide most of the circulation, it’s the power heads, should that be enough? Or should I get the next size up which has a max GPH...
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    Durso Or Herbie On 90 Gal

    Hello, This is my first SW aquarium so I’m not overly familiar with overflows. I bought a 90 gallon with a single corner overflow. The plumbing it comes with is basically a Durso, then a return from the second bulkhead. My question is; would it be better to plumb the single Durso and the return...
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    Used Aquarium As A Sump

    Hello all, Recently I bought a used 29 gallon that I’m planning on using as a sump from a guy on an aquarium forum. He said that no chemicals had been used in it, and the prior use was to cure live rock. I have no reason not to believe him, but as this is my first foray into saltwater aquariums...
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    75 Gallon Vs 90 Gallon

    Hello all, I think this has been covered before, but, I’ll be getting my new aquarium very soon, and I was wondering if I could get some input. I will either get a 75 gallon, or 90 gallon for a FOWLR. I was wondering, does that 15 gallons/2 extra inches make much of a difference. Is it worth...
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    Water Storage In Brute Trash Cans

    I apologize if this has been covered before, but I guess I just want to put my mind at ease. I'm currently in the process of getting a 75 gallon SW FOWL aquarium, and I got a 32 gallon Brute trashcan for water storage. How well do these hold up when full of water, especially over time, and are...
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    Aquarium, Rinsing, Odd Smell

    I’m not sure if this is the correct area, but i couldn’t find anywhere else to fit it. Anyway, I took a 20 gallon long (which I plan on being a refugium for the SW aquarium I’ll be getting) outside to rinse it out with my garden hose, and it had a weird smell to it, that I noticed as I was...
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    Using Ro Water In Blackwater Aquariums

    I've been trying to fine tune my blackwater aquarium, and I just got an RO unit. I was wondering, with the american cichlid salt, would you simply add that to RO water and use that? Would you adjust the PH with equilibrium first? My tap water is about 7.8+, so when I use 50/50 distilled and tap...
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    Changing Substrate

    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has had some luck in changing gravel to sand in an already established aquarium. Would it be unsafe for me to do so while the fish are in there? I was thinking of scooping the gravel out with my fishnet, then After washing the sand thoroughly, putting cup by...
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    Chemical Filtration In Blackwater Aquarium

    Hello all, I was wondering if there is a chemical filtration (in the vein of charcoal or poly bio filter media) that could be used in a Blackwater tank that would not remove the tannins. My water parameters are great, but I want to keep them that way without removing tannins. Any ideas? Or is...
  13. DivingBellSpider

    Dropsy Or Just Fat?

    Hello all, I was wondering if anyone might be able to tell if my Rasbora Has dropsy, or if he’s just fat. I know it’s probably hard to tell from this picture, but he is definitely chunkier than my other Rasboras, but he’s a greedy eater, very boisterous, and active. His scales are not...
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    Tips For Sw Newbie

    Hello all, Relatively soon, I will be setting up a saltwater aquarium for the first time in my life. I’ve had freshwater aquariums for as long as I can remember, but I’ve always wanted to try a saltwater aquarium. What are some tips, must have’s, and anything you wish you had known when you...
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    Filter Types For 75 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium

    Hello all, I've had aquariums all my life, but they've all been freshwater. Soon I'm going to start a 75 gallon Saltwater aquarium build, and I think the biggest question in my mind is in regards to filter types in saltwater tanks. Is a HOB filter and a protein skimmer a good choice for a...
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    Kent Marine Essential Elements In Freshwater Tank

    Hello, new to the forum, but not to the hobby. I was wondering if anyone has used Kent marine essential elements in a freshwater fish tank. I know I couldn’t use it if I had invertebrates, because there is a bit of copper EDTA in it, but most everything else looks like what you would find in a...




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