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    Posted: March 19 2012 at 10:20am

Thanks for looking, hopefully this thread will be ongoing!

Here is a Rundown of the tank plans and what will be going into it. 

Equipment:
16 Gallon Aquarium NUVO Aquarium (plan to remove one section of sponges) 
Fiji Live Rock (16 - 20 lbs) (including rubble for the back)
Chaetomorpha Algae for the Refugium

Cleaning Crew:
Astraea Turbo 6
Margarita Snail 4
Cerith Snail 3
Peppermint Shrimp 1


Sorry for the crappy quality of this first picture, I snapped it really fast this morning before heading into work. I just wanted to show the progress of aquascaping. I dont think its quite there but thats part of the fun!


Cleaning Crew:
Astraea Turbo 6
Margarita Snail 4
Cerith Snail 3
Peppermint Shrimp 1




The tank before I started putting in water / rocks.

Powerhead

Back side, left section now has some LR rubble in the second chamber.

Heater, mechanical filtration, Refugium light and pump.



More to come!


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I was thinking of removing that other filter just seems kinda low quality and finicky. I was playing around with the setup of the rocks while Im waiting for it to be ready for the cleanup crew. Here are some more pictures. 

Previous, I decided it was a little to "Archy"

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Trying to shoot some of the rocks, they have purple looking dots all over them. Turns out thats a hard color to bring out with blue lighting. 
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I went to do some testing today and noticed that I accidentally bought a Freshwater testing kit. (here) The instructions talk about testing salt water, does anyone know if I can use this kit still or if I need to send it back for a saltwater version?
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Looks good to me.


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ITS A TRAP! haha thanks Tanuki!
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Can anyone tell me if the Chaetomorpha Algae is the best type to put in the Refugium? Was going to get that ordered in the next couple days just wanted to ensure I was making a good choice. 
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Looks nice. 

You should get some chaeto from someone local, then you'll get a bunch of pods and snails and such.
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Admiral- looks great. Don't order chaeto. Plenty of people (like me) always have it available.

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That sounds awesome, how time sensitive is getting that Alga in at the beginning of the process here? Would I be fine waiting till like the meetup on the 5th? (if someone wants to sell me \ donate a bit of alga ;)
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Just post in the classifieds that you need some, there are always people getting rid of some.
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Wait a while. If you don't have nutrients the alga will starve and die... and then you'll have nutrients!

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Hello! just thought id give an update! Its been a couple months and I have gotten a frag or two and some fishes in there. My tanks params have been fairly stable, yet the last few days I have had a bit of cloudy 
water. Seems I was overfeeding the tank a bit. (the poor fish just seem so hungry!)






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Lookin good!  I like your final rockwork better.  Hehe...my gluing skills haven't improved yet really...I usually end up covered in goo after fragging. 
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Woo thank you! Yeah when I was originally doing it I did not realized I actually needed to make something a little more practical than "cool" looking. I would have not had much space for corals with some of those attempts. 

Seriously, I had that gell stuff stuck to my fingers and ruined a shirt. 
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Must be doing something right! Shrimp molted today!

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