The Supreme Guide To Setting Up A Saltwater Reef Aquarium

The marine environment is one of the most complex systems on the planet. The aquarium you are about to set up is only a tiny sliver of the vast...
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    Oh great. Thanks what it is called. Thanks a lot.
     
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    mdbannister Ahh...the Reef Life Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award SCMAS Member Article Contributor Build Thread Contributor Partner Member 2018

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    Bumping this up as a help to new reef keepers!
     
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    So during the algae bloom process, when the green hair algae comes in, we just let it go crazy? And it’ll eventually go away?
     
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    Some people add a clean up crew at this point to keep the GHA at bay.
     
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    not finding that my cleanup crew does this effectively. Anyone want to chime in on what ther cleanup crew looks like and volume of each species for tank size? Thanks
     
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    not finding that my cleanup crew does this effectively. Anyone want to chime in on what ther cleanup crew looks like and volume of each species for tank size? Thanks
     
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    so the other blooms go away itself, but gha is a little battle? (According to this guide)
     
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    I would never add more than 2 large turbo snails and 2-4 hermit crabs per 100 gallon.. The smallers snails IMO don't do much for algae control and just seem to die quickly. Turbos have a massive appetite. Too many hermit crabs then they will eventually just kill each other or the snails if not given enough space. Perhaps add a few and see how they do and if you need more clean up crew add them later. I've found few is better then many
     
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    Check out @reefcleaners. They are a sponsor here and come highly recommended by many. John is top notch along with his products including clean up crews. He has a great chart by tank size on his site that many people use and have had success with.
     
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    Learning alot here. ;Pompus
     
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    In my 150 gallon tank, should I add the rock before the sand? Or should I add the sand, then sit the rock on top of it?
     
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    I've always preferred sand first. It creates a stable base for your aqua-scape.
     
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    Thank you
     
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    Good read, thank you!
     
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    Will the final stage (hair algea) fade/die off on it's own and completely disappear with help of CUC or will you need to aid in cleaning it up?
     
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    Awesome article wish i had of read this 7 years ago my first tank would have went so much smoother. Lol
     
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    I reread sections of this every couple months. Great article.

    So we're closing on our house at the end of June. Within the next ~18 months, I'd like to start a bigger tank. I have been keeping a 13-gallon AIO nano for just over a year. I love it, but now I want to move up to something bigger. I want to do LPS with a few hardy SPS and-a long way down the road-clams. Where is the best place/source to read about different types of coral and their requirements? I have the Borneman book Aquarium Corals. Is that good/recent enough?

    Thanks!

    Cheers,
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