5.5 gallon Salt Water tank update 8-13-07

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank

Progress 2-24-07

1. draining tank
2. bucket
3. empty tank
4. tank with equipment in
5. Saltwater mixing station next to tank
 

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank

You're setting up a saltwater tank? That's very cool What kind of fish will you have in it? Are there any such small saltwater fish as for a 5 gallon tank? Or do you just want to keep live corals in there?

Also, I think for a saltwater tank with live corals you need a very different light spectrum than the 6,500K one. A 6,500K one is for a planted tank. Reef tanks need a very blue light / actinic bulbs. I also think reef tanks need strong lighting (though not 100% sure).
 
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Yes I'v wanted a Saltwater tank since last summer but wasn't allowed to get a larger tank, but then I found out about pico tanks (google pico tanks it's amazing) and realized I can have one with my 5.5 so I ditched the planted tank and am starting this one, expensive though. I figured I'll have my 29 planted better when I get a t-5 fixture this summer hopefully so why have two planted tanks when I can finally have a Saltwater tank. fish I don't know, probably a clown goby possibly a fire fish also though that might be too large. Corals to come later.

Yes lol, I'll probably be upgrading to 2x18w coralife fixture giving me 6.6wpg with acitinic bulbs also. For now it's going to be fowlr (fish only with live rock) until I get more money, but then I have to split money between Freshwater tank and Saltwater.

O getting Live Rock probably march 12-13 ;D
 

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank

Atm, how is your tank coming along?
 
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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank

Thanks for asking, I have my Saltwater mixing and now is fully mixed and ready to go. Should be getting my LR tomorrow. Will let you know.
 
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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank

Got some sand tonight, aragonite but not live, that's too expensive and the aragonite will become live sand soon enough anyways. Should get some LR tomorrow. Pics to follow
 

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank

Great! Can't wait
 
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Me either, my mom's taking me today and were taking my lilttle sister to see the sharks and stingrays there and there large tank. can't wait only a few more hours
 
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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank

Still working on it, that's it so far
 

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank (pictures, LR in)

Pretty cool! Cant wait for updates ;D
 
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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank (pictures, LR in)

Hmm maybe you will know.

there are red things growing on the rock, know what these are?

Do you know anything about refugiums?

I'm not done with it today, just trying to figure some things out like how deep the sand should be and about a fuge. Will post some more pics later
 

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank (pictures, LR in)

I want to setup a refugium. They are the best.If you get copepods with some macroalgae you have a food source and you will never have to replace your live rock. The red stuff is Coraline algae. That algae is very beneficial and gives your rock a nice color.
 

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank (pictures, LR in)

As I've said in the other thread: LOOKS GREAT, and it will be even more beautiful with the colorful saltwater fish
 
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inuyasha_lover_21 said:
I want to setup a refugium. They are the best.If you get copepods with some macroalgae you have a food source and you will never have to replace your live rock. The red stuff is Coraline algae. That algae is very beneficial and gives your rock a nice color.
Hmm, no it's not coraline algae, it's sticking up and looks like paper then there's tube things too that are red. I'm putting in the refugium tomorrow, waiting for the silicone to completely bond. What are copepods? ??? I'm putting in some LR, phophate remover, and going to grow macroalgae.

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As I've said in the other thread: LOOKS GREAT, and it will be even more beautiful with the colorful saltwater fish
Thanks, sure do hope so

Here's some pics of the refugium and the things I don't know what they are, unidentified growing objects first , whoops realized don't have all the refugium pics up yet, will download them later.
 

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank (pictures, LR in)

O ok, well I think I'm going to get another lb. to add to my tank and my refugium then a week later maybe a aestrea snail, then take it from there. Thanks, will get pics of the refugium later tonight hopefully.

You going to make your filter a refugium?
 

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Yeah Its going to be my 20 gal tank.
 
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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank (pictures, LR in)

O, not going to make that a sump?

Getting the fuge up today but am going to run filter floss in it and change every couple days to help remove some junk that came in with the LR, will hopefully this weekend get a few more lbs to add to the fuge and tank.
 

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Re: 5.5 gallon Salt Water tank (pictures, LR in)

Its one of those tall tanks not rectangular. I will put copepod and chaeto in there with live rock. I may have to invest in another MH ballast though.
 
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