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I might be selling my double bright LED here in a few days. Went with a t5 with a built in timer between the blues and the night led. Also bought a canopy because my cat was actually successful at getting one out of the tank. Fish is still alive surprisingly.
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Haha, that's a true statement. Its hard to look back once you start though. I finally got all my different species of clowns to get along and got my LPS coral to start flourishing.
have you ever seen Cathy's reef out there in top town? she used to have a shop.
her reef is massive.
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Should I jusy clean the roots off the plants and plant them or do I need to do something to ease them into the tank?
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have you ever seen Cathy's reef out there in top town? she used to have a shop.
her reef is massive.
I haven't. Is she out by Auburn? I heard there actually was a decent fish store here but it shut down a few years back.
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Should I jusy clean the roots off the plants and plant them or do I need to do something to ease them into the tank?
Just root it in the substrate. If you have something like Java Fern you can tie it to something and the roots will take over.

What plants did you get?
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Temple narrow leaf, ruffle plant and 2 dwarf hairgrass
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Your ruffle plant is going to grow enormous so don't plant it right next to anything.
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have you ever seen Cathy's reef out there in top town? she used to have a shop.
her reef is massive.
Her reef is pretty amazing. Great people to work with too.

I went in to buy a few things and she ended up giving me a full tour of her set up and explained how she had everything set up.
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I loved chilling with cathy back in the days, she cracks me up! First time I met her it was at a reef club meet, I brought a coralife bucket filled with ice and Lost coast beer, and when I offer her one she's like "Oh no hun, I only drink cheap beer." She used to throw these reef club/ salt-city.org weekend long parties out at her place years ago.
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Got the plants put in, going to order the fertilizer sticks and flourish excel tomorrow.



Is the placed ok? I plan on adding a few more after these ones take.
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Looks ok to me. Fill your tank up though The only thing I don't like is the colored substrate but other than that I like your tank a lot.
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I like the shelf rock and how the tank isn't cluttered. I think it ruins a tank when people put too much rock in the tank such as some reefers do. Clean and simple is the way to go.
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Reef tanks require a lot of live rock because it acts as filtration.
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The blue was more of a cost factor. It was 2.99 for 10lbs so I couldn't pass it up. I'm not sold on it either but the ciclids are digging around and bringing more black up. I think when the hairgrass spreads the blue won't be so in your face.

So I've been looking at more plants. What shoild I get? Swords? Should I put some moss on the stone?
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I suggest going to the planted tank forum, making an account and doing a lot of reading.

Easy growing, low maintenance plants I suggest are Anubias, Java Fern, Java Moss, Crypto's and Anacharis. Read up on the plants before you put them in. Get a good idea of how big they get and whether they are for, mid or background plants so that your aquascape turns out nice.

You'll have to watch out with cichlids though. They are notorious for picking up and moving around rocks which means they can wreak havoc on your planted tank. My red devil has exactly 0 plants because she's so destructive. Her tank has mountains of rock and bare spots where you can see glass. She keeps knocking off the damn intake pipe to my filter too. I have a couple of ping pong balls with holes in them that fill with water and sink that she plays with, it's pretty funny.
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Reef tanks require a lot of live rock because it acts as filtration.
To a certain degree yes. Thats why I use a refugium underneath and a deep sand bed so I can keep my display clean and uncluttered
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I've asked the same question on a few different forums. I just like getting different opinions from people.
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Reef tanks require a lot of live rock because it acts as filtration.
to a certain extent, however with reefs its best to nab the base nutrients before they have a chance to get processed via the nitrogen cycle= big skimmers !
Big protein skimmers snatch the waste DOC (dissolved organic compounds) out of the water before they have a chance to be be processed by aerobic nitrifying bacteria, which in turn, creates nitrates that are then converted into nitrogen gas, this occcurs in the low 02 areas, or "hyopoxic" zones ( deep sand bed, or deep inside porous rock structures).
I run a bare bottom reef aquarium ( no sand/ rock on glass) I do this cause it enables me to remove the nutrients before they break down into DOC via skimmer and siphoning during water changes, plus I have a wave maker that ramps between 600gph- 3500gph every 20 seconds or so, if I had sand, it would be a sand storm.
With reefs I am a fan of a massive skimmer, heavy water movement in the display (TUNZE/ vortech), keeping a small pump in the sump to keep un dissolved compounds in suspension so the skimmer catches it, using a Kalkwasser reactor inline with a good ATO system.
other than dosing iodine and feeding the fish (not absolutley needed) I could leave my aquarium for about two weeks without incident.
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AWESOME!!! glad to hear they are doing well!
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They really don't like where I've put the rocks and plants. They are not big enough to move them around yet but they sure are trying with team work. They managed to, as a group pull up one of my temple plants. It was floating mid tank and they were just chilling in the middle of it. My plants need to get taller lol.
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They really don't like where I've put the rocks and plants. They are not big enough to move them around yet but they sure are trying with team work. They managed to, as a group pull up one of my temple plants. It was floating mid tank and they were just chilling in the middle of it. My plants need to get taller lol.
South American and Central American cichlids are notorious for doing their own landscaping. It's just what they do.
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I don't mind them pushing the rocks around. I have the larder ones glues together. Once the roots get a bit stronger on the plants I shouldn't have much of an issue. I was rather entertaining to watch them work together and dig it up.
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I don't mind them pushing the rocks around. I have the larder ones glues together. Once the roots get a bit stronger on the plants I shouldn't have much of an issue. I was rather entertaining to watch them work together and dig it up.
They'll really start digging when they spawn.
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Is there anything I can do to keep them from spawning?
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