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Old 08/14/2014, 11:45 AM   #126
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I see that this is a hobby of ups and downs...
Has anyone ever used a 60 gallon Hexagon to make a sump out of?


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Old 08/21/2014, 01:04 PM   #127
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you can use anything fish or food safe as a sump. have at it max out water volume and natural filtration.


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Old 08/21/2014, 01:14 PM   #128
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I have had fresh water aquariums since i was a small child. got fairly good at it. moved to the marine environment and it is much more complex and challenging. i am trying to stay as natural as possible but it is a much larger challenge for marine tanks. i would say it is always a good idea to increase water volume. makes your tanks more forgiving to an accident. as well as get some cool stuff in there if you look close. i also like to just add lighting to see what grows. usually yucky stuff from excess nutrients. but helps remove them and every once in awhile you see sum thing cool.


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Old 08/28/2014, 09:59 PM   #129
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I always try to keep my tanks at 10.8 alk 430 cal 1350 mag on the display tank 550 gal I find I get the best color and growth with it running a Little higher and it's more safe to me instead of worrying bout the cal reactor crashing or something even though It's set up on apex just had a scare last week with a pump going out at the tank dropped to 9.2 alk 360 cal over a day that's why I don't like to run it low like some ppl do but everyone has there own thoughts on water values lol there are over 70 colony's of coral in the 550 and it eats up the cal and alk in the water


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Old 10/18/2014, 01:10 PM   #130
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Thanks

I am new and appreciated the info!


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Old 11/02/2014, 04:54 PM   #131
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Very good! Thank you!


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Old 12/02/2014, 04:04 PM   #132
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Newbie here, so this question may seem obvious, but here goes anyways. My tank is about 5 months old, 40 gallon breeder. Crushed coral sub straight. I have a lion, a fire angelfish, a striped sail fin tang, 2 black ice clownfish, a chocolate chip star, and 2 hitch hiker crabs, look a lot like emeralds. This is a "get my feet wet tank" and better under stand saltwater tanks and all that live inside before I get a 125 gallon. My question is this, should I start doing the 3 tests, alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium now along with keeping the levels correct to get in the habit of it, or is there really no need for that at this point if I have no corals?

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Old 12/23/2014, 04:16 AM   #133
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A great article ..... many thanks for such valuable information...

highly appreciate it....


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Old 12/24/2014, 11:34 AM   #134
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Thnx sk8r, good info. I never thought too much about the "good range" much in ca and alk, but aiming for the middle is perfectly sensible. 1st post of many!


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Old 12/27/2014, 09:27 AM   #135
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Mag level

I finally got my Mg level up to 1350! Took me months of careful dosing, but it's there. I have never had a problem with Ca, however it is probably because I do frequent water changes. Still trying to get the nitrates under control, but my tank seems to be doing well despite this. LPS are THRIVING!


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Old 01/13/2015, 07:52 PM   #136
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Straight forward and too the point, glad to have read!


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Old 02/22/2015, 03:30 PM   #137
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Great practical information! Served as a nice refresher.


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Old 03/13/2015, 02:21 AM   #138
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Thank you!


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Old 03/21/2015, 10:44 PM   #139
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Newbie here, so this question may seem obvious, but here goes anyways. My tank is about 5 months old, 40 gallon breeder. Crushed coral sub straight. I have a lion, a fire angelfish, a striped sail fin tang, 2 black ice clownfish, a chocolate chip star, and 2 hitch hiker crabs, look a lot like emeralds. This is a "get my feet wet tank" and better under stand saltwater tanks and all that live inside before I get a 125 gallon. My question is this, should I start doing the 3 tests, alkalinity, calcium, and magnesium now along with keeping the levels correct to get in the habit of it, or is there really no need for that at this point if I have no corals?

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Yes. Do the tests. What kind of lighting do you have on the 40gl? Maybe you could get some soft coral or even some LPS and practice on that too.


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Old 04/12/2015, 07:19 PM   #140
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Ok, here's today's numbers (Red Sea Reef Foundation kit just came in the mail today, yeah, on a Sunday).

78.4*
SG 1.0225
NH3/4 - 0
NO2 - 0.05
NO3 - 25
MG - 1500
KH - 9.8
Ca 470

Nitrates are a little high, but coming down. This is a new to me, but semi mature tank that was FOWLR now converting to softies and LPS.

Surprised at the high MG and CA!

What do you think?


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Old 04/15/2015, 05:10 PM   #141
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Great tutorial thread


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Old 04/16/2015, 11:25 AM   #142
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thanks for the info ....very helpful !!!!


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Old 04/17/2015, 08:41 AM   #143
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Magnesium

what product do you use to Dose Magnesium ???


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Old 04/17/2015, 02:17 PM   #144
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Thanks great information!


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Old 04/25/2015, 06:54 AM   #145
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Well done, and I like the bit on not obsessing over ph. Too many people go nuts of this. The big "5" are the key, alk, ca, mg, po4, no3


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Old 06/12/2015, 12:14 AM   #146
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I quit testing anything other than salinity years ago. Tank has been up for 13 years. Like the premis though.


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Old 06/14/2015, 01:34 PM   #147
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Good info. Thanks


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Old 07/08/2015, 08:10 AM   #148
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Very good information. Thanks for taking the time to write it all down


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Old 07/09/2015, 07:56 AM   #149
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Very good information. Thanks for taking the time to write it all down


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Old 08/11/2015, 12:37 AM   #150
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Thanks for putting the time in to
Do that very informative


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