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sacs4010

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OK here is my new tank:

29 Gallon All Glass Tank
20 pounds of Live Sand
about 45 pounds of live rock (no jock, maybe a little less)
Three different kinds of live rock too, Tongo, Marshals and Fiji
20 inch long refugium with mud and rubble in it for now
good JBJ compact lighting for the refugium
CPR skimmer (biomedia taken out, heater and rubble put in)
CPR skimmer top skimmer box (overflow for top filtration)
CPR skimmer bubble trap
150 watt visa-therm heater
Wavemaker, two maxi-jet 900 and a single mini maxi-jet
Three timers for my lights
I have ordered a 150 watt metal halide with two 65 watt attinic compacts (will be six inches above tank)

Well, what do you think? I think I got all of it. I have another forum asking about my lighting that I ordered, please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks everyone!

Bradley C Sacs
 

big t

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Looks like a good start, reminds me of back when I started w/ my 29. I am now starting my 3rd incarnation w/ my 90 :D
 

oregon gorge

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LOL! Us too Tom.

We started out with a 29g and now, 5 tanks later, we have a 350g:D

Good luck on the new adventure!

Chris
 

sacs4010

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Here is...

Here is the list of creatures that I am getting first to do the cleaning. Tell me what you think and your opinions please.

One Fancy Serpent Sea Star, Tiger-striped (Ophiolepsis superba)

One Sand Sifting Sea Star (Astropecten plolycanthus)

Five Nassarius Snail, Cortez (Nassarius vibex)

One Sea Cucumber, Tiger Tail (Holothuria sp.)

One Blue Linckia Sea Star (Linckia laevigata)

One Fancy Serpent Sea Star, Red (Ophioderma sp.)

Seven Scarlet Hermit Crabs (Paguristes cadenati)

Four Margarita Snails (Margarites pupillus)

Six Mexican Turbo Snails (Turbo fluctuosa)

Three Astrea Conehead Algae Eater Snail (Astrea)

Nine Dwarf Red Tip Hermit Crabs (Clibanarius sp.)

Nine Dwarf Zebra Hawaiian Hermit Crabs (Calcinus laevimanus)

Four Blue Leg Hermit Crabs (Phimochirus operculatus)

One Abalone Snail (Haliotis sp.)

One Court Jester Goby (Amblygobius rainfordi)

One Emerald Mythrax Crab (Mithrax sculptus)

One Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis)

Two Peppermint Shrimp (Lysmata wurdemanni)

So what do you think? Please let me know.

Bradley C Sacs
 

oregon gorge

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Morning Bradley,


How long has your tank been up and running? I will just give a couple observations from our experiences.

The Mexican Turbos, are the big ones. Bulldozers! You wont be able to have anything in the tank temporary just to see how it looks. It will be upside down or knocked behind the LR in the back.:eek2:

We didnt get the sand sifting stars, because its hard enough to get a new sandbed to mature, without a hungry star cleaning it out. We had a great Blue Lobster. Grew like crazy, fun to see, but an absolute sand life vacum.

I understand that Linkias are fairly delicate, especially the blue ones. We have tried 2 of them with bad endings. 1 was in a mature tank too!

Blue Leg Hermits are some of the most bad mannerd of the crabs. They will kill off other crabs, blues too, and snails. Mostly for bigger shells, but I think they just like to be little turds sometimes. We quit getting them and only got Scarlet HC's. Now we only have Salley Light Foot crabs in the 350g.

Is your list a package from a supplier? We have done that before. Most of the time it works great. Just some of the critters dont work out like I planned.:oops:

This isnt meant to rain on your parade, I just wish I had known (and listened) to all the warnings. I would have saved alot of money and critter lives along the way.

Good luck!

Chris
 

jlehigh

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I would wait on the Cucumber and Blue Linkia. I wanted the same two but after researching the lil guys determined they were too delicate and for a new setup and the Cucumber could poison the tank if put through trauma.
 

szidls

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Nice set-up sacs:) Glad to see ya moved up to reefin.
Is that the freshwater tank in the back ground??? LOL!
Sorry........Too good of a shot to miss out on.:rolleyes:
Keep up the good work. Scott
 

sacs4010

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LOL

Hey! This is only my second tank and the live rock is not even cured yet. The list I gave was what I would like to have in the end just to clean the tank. I did look into the blue leg hermit crabs and I will be deleating them off my list and I will add more of the other kinds in its place. As for the star and cuccumber. Those will be the last things I put in for my cleaning crew. I had a 15 gallon eclipse reef tank and it worked great! I think I was just really lucky. That is what everyone said. I had it for a year and never had to do a water change. I had two clams, a blue star, bulb anemone, bullet goby, sailfin bleeny, occellus clown, yellow eye tang (small), two arrow crabs, slipper lobster, about one hundred hermit crabs (they killed one of my clams, a blue maxima that cost me $100), cleaner shrimp and some snails. I know! I had WAY too much in that tank and some things would have out grown the tank very fast. It did so well though. I had some mushrooms and polups too. Yeah, I cannot spell, plus I am in a rush. Wait till you see my set up after a while. Oh yeah, my old 15 gallon tank had a custom retro fit compact lights on it too.

Bradley C Sacs
 
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