50g Cube Build

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  1. TheEngineer

    TheEngineer Formerly icecool2 R2R Supporter Reef Squad R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Build Thread Contributor Delaware Reef Club

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    Thanks! I haven't bought any of the fish yet. I'm still settling on the list. I've had pajama cardinals in the past without issue as a pair. Are banghai's different? Maybe I just got lucky before since they became a mated pair.
     

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    Honestly, I could not give you an educated answer to that question at all. I am still on my first reef tank and I am still very new to the community. I just know that I wanted some Bangaiis and I went and bought them. The pair I got did not work out. Just from that experience I would expect the same results from pajamas as well. But, like I said every tank is different and you could very easily luck out and get a pair that turns into a mating pair and you get to fully enjoy watching the life and times of a mouth breeder.
     
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    or is it brooder......eh you know what i mean
     
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    I got advice on the list in the giant thread where you can ask and I think they actually said to go from a trio to a duo because they would kill the third.
     
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    who knows! I love lamp!
     
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    Nice tank! Can you show some more pictures detailing filtration? Etc? That would be great. Also, I love the tank and how it fits with the interior design wonderfully
     
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    Thanks! I'm still working on the bookshelves to the left. They are on my list to finish while I'm off this week and next.

    Not much to see in my sump, it is a bit of a mess to be honest. Two blue lines coming down are drains.

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    Hello
    I have the same tank and it has been set up for about 5 months now and I have a few questions.
    Did you take out the divider in the section of the sump?

    Also do you just let your skimmer suck off of were your drain line comes in or close to it or is there a way to plumb it directly?

    Also is it better to have live rock in the middle section or something else? I don't have a light in mine and currently I have two heaters in it with my pump for my dual reactor.

    Thanks for the help in advance.
     
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    I didn't make any mods to the sump. The skimmer is in the section immediately next to the drain. I have some leftover LR in the center section for now. I'm contemplating a frag rack down there at some point.
     
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    After reading @twilliard's article on dosing Spectracide Stump Remover I decided to give it a shot in my tank and see where it lands me. I still only have the one clownfish in there and even with the skimmer off my nitrates stay at 0. I dosed 5mL of Spectracide and it brought my nitrates to 2ppm. I'm going to leave it there and test again tomorrow to see if it is stable.

    Here are two quick shots of the tank on day 1. This frags are mostly glued down so it will limit the number of variables DSC_1112.jpg DSC_1113.jpg :
     
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    Just tested my water 24 (ok it was 23) hours after I dosed 5mL of KNO3 and my nitrates read at 1ppm. They dropped 1ppm overnight. I think that means the tank uptake is 1ppm/day so I need to dose an additional 5mL now which should bring it up to 3ppm. Each 5mL raises 2ppm for me.

    Then I think I can dose 2.5mL/day going forward and maintain between 2 and 3ppm. I'll need to keep testing, obviously, but I think that's right....

    @twilliard?
     
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    The first few doses dont stick around long
    Its tricky to find a conclusion to daily uptake as I have found it varies so I take 3 day averages to help with the fluctuations of daily change.
     
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    OK. I dosed another 5mL and I'm up to 2ppm (around there) again. I'll test again in the morning.
     
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    Love your build! great job
     
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    Just under 2ppm NO3 today. I'm going to dose 2.5mL and test again tomorrow morning.
     
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    With an algae bloom starting as a result of the dosing (I assume) I decided not to dose yesterday. I'm at around 0.5PPM now, so I dosed 2.5mL. I'm gonna keep the level low for a bit while the algae bloom subsides.
     
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    Algae bloom??
    Have never witnessed this with no3 dosing
     
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    Maybe diatoms. A bloom of something brown I don't want :)
     
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