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So, how would you guys add water to the tank (since it's completely empty)? I could add the DI water directly and then add the salt and allow it to dissolve, or I could premix the saltwater and pump it into the tank. Just curious on what opinions might be on how to stage the addition of the live rock and sand.
 
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Well, 200 pounds of Florida live rock has been added to the tank. It seems like a good amount, not too much, not too little.

I'll post some pics once the water clarity improves to the point where photographs look representative.
 
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It's amazing how quickly the water cleared as soon as I added the live rock?? :) I'm not sure I understand why, but I'm happy about it. I just put the rock in the tank to get it wet. I will rearrange in a couple of days.

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The sump is working well so far. The Reef Octopus is kicking some butt :)
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The corals did not make it. There was lots of macro algae, some of which may have made it through the shipping ordeal.

The rock was packaged very well and the pieces were very nice. I used the smaller chunks in the sump and put the larger ones in the display tank.

At first, I thought 200 pounds would be too much rock. Now, I'm happy I bought the extra 50 pounds ;)
 
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Thanks! I just wanted to get the rock back in the water for a few days before I attempted to actually do some aquascaping. The folks at gulfliverock.com really threw me for a loop. I ordered the rock on the Sunday before Thanksgiving thinking the rock would show up next week. Instead, it showed up the day before Thanksgiving and really caught me off guard. As a result, the rock spent an extra 36 hours in the box that I had not planned on.
 
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The live rock from gulfliverock.com has been awesome. I have about half a dozen bivalves and several SPS and NPS corals still alive on it. I'm really looking forward to seeing some life in my tank! :)
 

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Looks great. I like your aquascape. I'm going to be upgrading to a 120g in a few weeks and was thinking of going with minimal aquascape, your picture just sealed it.
 
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Thanks! I'm going to need to move some of the rocks around to kill an aiptasia that is located in an unusually difficult-to-reach location. Believe it or not, that's 200 pounds of live rock.

I've been happy with the live rock so far. I have several coral alive, quite a few live clams/bivalves, and even some of macroalgae is starting to grow back. Keep me posted!
 

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Anyone give me a suggestion to why my doser continues to get air in the lines. Should the tubing always be filled?? I'm running RO water now to test. I'm running a bubble magus and do not have experience with dosers. I Manuel dose alk, ca, mg currently.
I need help! Lol
 
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Okay, so here are some updates on the tank build. I just set up my dosing pump. Still a temporary setup, but it will do for now :)
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The native corals are still doing fine. I've added a few more, and here are some crappy cell phone pics of them until the wife takes some pics with her Christmas present :).

Frogspawn frag I picked up:
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Acan frag...I've never owned one before, but I really like it!
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Favia (I think) brain coral:
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And a pagoda cup coral. I had one of these before (not this nice), and I really loved it :)
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