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    Hey there. So this past weekend i traded some things for a up and running bio cube. But the back wall has been taken out and only running a DIY fuge with a hob air powered breeder box. Gentleman said he has ran it with out a filter always but seems dangerous. Not sure since this is my first up and running saltwater tank.

    Question is should I be getting a filter on top of a skimmer? Hob style or canister. I already have a magnum 350 from my freshwater setup.

    Also it does have 2 coral in it already. What kind I dont remember. I'll get pics up. I'll be adding 20 pounds of life rock soon here as I only got maybe 5 pounds with it. My plan is to use it till the 60 gallon cube is up and running. Now I'm trying to figure out what to put in for CUC being the substrate is kind of dirty. But don't want to over due it do to no fish yet.

    Thanks in advance for you time. [​IMG]

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    oh and the fug just has some ruble rock in it at the moment aswell
     
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    Here are a few more pics of tank right now[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    New rock for the biocube. Its 4 big pieces and will fill in with rock already in the tank[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    still looking for a couple suggestions on the filtering part. Any help will be greatly appreciated. gonna do a water change on the tank tonight and test water tomorrow to see how everything is looking
     
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    So just like freshwater it all comes down to removal of Biological waste through bacterial, chemical, and mechanical filtration. Established live rock and the refugium would work just fine with minimal fish load and feeding. Supplement that with water changes and you should be just fine. I would imagine that is what the guy you bought it from was doing. If you find elevated levels of nitrates you can add a skimmer. Kind of depends on stocking and feeding levels.
     
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    I do plan on maybe 4 fish. And adding a skimmer as well and plan on doing weekly water changes being it's so small will take no time. Thank you for you response. Seamed weird being I see a lot of tanks with either the back filters or sumps. Just trying to get this going till the 60 gallon is done then this will be a qt tank and that point I know I dont need much for the filtration.

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    Can you maybe tell me what the other coral is? I have one more I haven't got pic of yet. And I know the 1 is a frog spawn.

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    Sure, those are green star polyps.
     
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    Sweet thanks! Appreciate the help

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    Ok so it's been a hell of a week since saturday. Went to acinlord and then got a call for a family emergency and we'll been busy all week with that. But I was able to get my new additions in the tank. 1 of the heads on the zoa opened half way briefly then has not come back out. Any suggestions? Had him on the bottom out of heavy flow and kind of in some shade...stayed closed ..moved him have way up the tank. Again kind of opened and then closed again. And I'd like to introduce you to our 2 new clowns. Ellen and porsha. Wife named them. Lol [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Got some new coral! Floresnt trumpet and Christmas favivia? [​IMG]

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    How have your zoa been doing? Many zoa prefer "lower" light and when in doubt I mount the plug sideways where they can choose to extend towards or away from the light.

    What's your lighting program, those razors always worked well for me. But that fixture on a small tank can be high light everywhere depending on the setup.

    One suggestion on placement for gsp. Once in the 60 cube you'll want it separate from every on a little island in all likelihood, or growing on the back of the tank/overflow. I personally love the stuff but it's a little invasive once it gets going.
     
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    Hey there! So they are doing better. I spoke to jen at new wave aquaria. She said try another dip and bring it out a little bit from where it was. So I did. We will see.

    The light comes on at like 7am and goes up to 40% at like 9 then starts going down i think around 6 and is off at 10. I think its 40% havent really massed with it.

    And thank you for the advice. I did island the gsp. Lol I dont want it everywhere. The wife calls it grass every time she talks about it. Smh. Lol

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    Picked up a couple more today...smh...I have a problem. Lol [​IMG][​IMG]

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    Meet herman! [​IMG]

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    So here is a update on the biocube. I have become a addict and I need to slow down. Lol everything is looking good except my scolly. I did get him to eat this morning but he is almost all white. First pic is him...not that I have to point it out when you see it. Any suggestions? Also has anyone tried this surface skimmer? I feel like there is a lot of film on the surface of the water. Surfice skimmer is the last pic . [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Forgot to add the skimmer pic. Oops. [​IMG]

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    Well I'd say after yesterday's scores, the bio cube is full. Haha...time to get the 60 up and going. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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