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90 gallon slow and steady build

Discussion in 'Tank Builds' started by neil82, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Going backward in time real quick to post pics taken on 1/20/19 right before changing from LED to MH/t5.
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  2. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Great discussion here! Keep us posted on the development for sure! I run three halides over my tank and have for years... decades with little change on the lighting. Recently I’ve gone to running them for 4 hours and then led supplements for 12 hours. I run them longer in the winter to help keep the tank temp up rather than paying for heaters to run. Those aqua medic lights were solid!

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  3. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Thanks for following along! I like the idea of running the lights more in winter and less in summer. I was surprised to find out that Aqua Medic still sells replacement parts for the fixture I picked up. Pretty cool!
  4. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    Still working toward goal of getting a clam. Now that I have the metal halide lights I am hoping to go with a maxima because I love the electric blue color. Water params have been stable since starting two part dosing. I'll run water tests again tonight and post results.
    One concern I have is related to substrate. I have fine sugar sand and between the clownfish and the watchman goby, there is constantly grains of sand in the water column. I'm thinking that will be an issue for a clam. I've considered adding a layer of larger grain substrate. I don't want to remove any fish.
    Suggestions about dealing with subrate and feedback about adding a clam? Thanks in advance.
  5. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    I had a similar issue with substrate and I just added a bag of medium grain aragonite over the top. Didn't cause a mini cycle.

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  6. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    I think this is what I'll need to do.
  7. neil82

    neil82 Cuttle Fish M.A.S.C Club Member

    7.6 Alk
    420 Ca
    1320 mg
    .05 phos

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