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  1. ericbost23

    ericbost23 Active Member

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    Starting over after a complete loss with a 56gl cube. I started cycling in October 2017 just added a few fish and a couple cheap corals

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    Looks like a good start. I see you have an in-tank heater. Do you have a sump or external filter of some sort? Also, maybe spend some time to write about why you think your tank crashed and what you are doing differently this time. Some members may have experienced something similar and offer advice.
     
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    also please tell us what sort of equipment you have and what sort of reef you're going for!
     
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    This time I'm using a fluval hob filter planning on getting a sump and some sort of skimmer in the near future. As for the last tank it didn't exactly crash. ...we had a fire and the intire system was lost.....it's a little painful of a subject still
     
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    I didn't get into the equipment on this build because everything is going to be replaced throughout the year and I plan to share that with everyone as I add it
     
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    I decided I'm going with a locally made wet/dry system. It's a complete system just add pump and heater.

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    I’d say skip the wet dry
     
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    Why
     
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    It's very easy for bioballs and other wet/dry methods to become nitrate (maybe nitrite p sure nitrate) factories. Many prefer the standard 3 or 4 section sump. First section will have mechanical methods and all equipment (if doing 3 sections). Next is equipment or fuge, last is return. This lets you use whatever skimmer and other equipment you desire
     
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    sneub Active Member R2R Supporter

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    Another issue is that the balls or dry area media is not submerged in water. If you need to stop your main pump for any reason, you risk bacteria die off at a rapid rate.
     
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    They basically said it.
     
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    On a stand point of I'm cheap and being a farmer. I believe why buy if I can build. Instead of spending 300 on a sump I'll build my own. Thas 300 left in my budget for coral.
     
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    I'll have some pics of new corals tomorrow
     
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    Sumps are, IMO, quite easy to build. Cut baffles or get them cut to the proper size. Badda bing badda boom install them in a used tank. Look at the loads of sumps that are out there for baffle placement ideas. So good choice there going the DIY route
     
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    So what type of wave pump should I use. A typical type or a cross flow. I have a cube 30x18x24h. I'm going for low to medium flow due to I'm doing softy and lps.
     
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