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Ok as promised, here are pictures of the new addition. I just purchased a Deep Sea Aquatics Model 70. There isn't a scrath to be found on it. The deal included the tank, stand, a Current Nova Extreme 6 bulb T-5 fixture, AGA megaflow 2 sump, and megaflow overflow kit. This thing is sweet. I can't wait to get started. I just need a return pump and a few other things which are on the way. Sorry about the pic quality, all I have right now is my cellphone. My camera was stolen along with my GPS and everything else that wasn't nailed down on my last trip to Orlando.

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I know, I can't wait. When my wife walked in and saw it last night, the first words out of her mouth were, "now thats a saltwater aquarium" followed by, "can I pick out fish." I told her she was getting a little ahead of herself. But of course I will let her pick out some fish. Which reminds me, all the different fish sites have different minimums for fish gallons. Is there a site or book that is the go to authority on what fish can be in what size tank? I would hate to buy something and get flamed by the fish police. I know most of the local stores will tell you up front if your aquarium is too small, but there are a few that won't. Of course I would not buy from the ones that won't because I am very cautious about where I buy stuff anyway.

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I may have gone a little crazy ordering sand, I am starting to think I ordered too much. I ordered about 120 lbs, this amount will make my sandbed about 4.5in. Does anyone have an opinion on sandbeds? I've been reading a little on it, but no one person seems to agree on a depth. Eventually, I would like to have a Blue Dot Jawfish and most recommend at least 3in of sand for these. I'm just worried about creating a nitrate bomb.

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ZRex   

The bacteria in the anaerobic layer in the sandbed should convert the nitrate in the water to nitrogen gas, once the tank has matured. However, if you don't have something to sift the top layer of sand and consume the debris or vacuum it when you do water changes, you could end up with a nitrate or ammonia spike if you disturb the top layer and lots of detritus gets into the water column.

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Yeah, I vacuum small patches in my biocube each water change. I used the calculator on RC and apparently the amound of sand I ordered will be about 3.5 inches not 4.5in. In the Biocube, I occasionally see bubbles escape from the sand, and I assume this is Nitrogen, but never have had any spikes in Nitrates or Ammonia.

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drauka   

yep, what Zrex said, and with you searching you dived right off into DSB and SSB and BB discussions. Those can get to be fun.

as for the fish i use Live Aquaria info, but evey system is diffrent and each fish is a little diffrent.

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I have been all over creation today trying to get everything together so that when my sand and salt arrives I will be able to get started. I have run into a jam. I got the white spa flex tubing to hook up my sump and return lines. When I got home I discovered I had a problem. The aquarium has a AGA megaflow overflow kit installed. This kit has a 1-1/4" drain and a 3/4" return no problem, so I get home with the tube and apparently I bought 1" instead of the 3/4" still no problem I can probably return it. The problem is the 1-1/4" drain line. It seems that all the hose available is actually just a little over 1-1/4, its mostly 1-3/8". So what can I use to connect my overflow to the sump. The sump is a megaflow model 2. I tried calling Aqueon, this is a joke, they should call it idiot support. The woman did not even know about the megaflow sump, she emailed me an info flier about the proflex sump.

So right now I am at a loss about what to do. Any input would be helpful and very much appreciated.

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Guest Innerarity Reefs

Ive always just slit the bags with a razor blade, and let them sink into the tank, add that bio clear stuff that comes with it. And in a few hours its clear. ( I used a filter sock, it sped up the clearing process)

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Guest Innerarity Reefs   
Guest Innerarity Reefs

Hmm I be wrong but I think I ordered "filter socks" one time as listed online with a vendor and they turned out to be for those kind of sumps.

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In the megaflow sump, the area they call the bubble diffuser is not accessible, it is sealed from the top. The pipe goes into a hole in the top that is only big enough for the pipe. The only place for filter media is in the media tray.

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I know this question has been asked hundreds of times, but does anyone know if my tank will experience a cycle? I started with rock fresh out of Neverfinished's aquarium, and I will be adding the rest from my biocube once the tank is cycled. I also used some live sand to seed the sand bed. It has been running for three days now and all the coral and inverts that were on the rock look happy. I even have some ampipods/copepods swimming around behind the rock. I tested the water and all of the parameters were 0. That did not happen with the biocube, the numbers spiked pretty quick on it.

Just wondering so I can move everything from the biocube and shut it down and sell.

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