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post #61 of 149 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe I'll get one later. Anybody know where I can get a lid for this?
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There's a seller on Nano-Reef that creates them out of thick acrylic. You could check there.

Cheapest option (if you want something that won't warp and that looks nice) would be to draw something out on paper and take it to a glass shop to have something cut out for you.
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I think glass would be better.
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There's a seller on Nano-Reef that creates them out of thick acrylic. You could check there.

Cheapest option (if you want something that won't warp and that looks nice) would be to draw something out on paper and take it to a glass shop to have something cut out for you.

I've seen the thread and the covers look great.
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Found this freaking thing today. I'm shutting down this tank
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I can't tell from your photo but that's normal when you're adding uncured live rock to any tank.

Shutting it down may not be a bad idea if you're constantly trying to change things around and are uncertain about what you want in it.
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What you think? Maybe just start over and do a FW planted tank with shrimp?
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anyone know the acrylic guy?

the glass shops here all do 'custom showers and kitchens only"

1 6 gallon
1 2 gallon 8" cube
1 10 gallon endlers tank
1 betta

Here they are http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/al...p?albumid=9625

6 gallon journal
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you can see more photos here the 4 8" cubes are on flicker... will get to their journal at some point (they are fun as they change often)
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I'd stick with it if it were me. Primarily because the tank will likely be ready for living things really soon. And I'd get another Picotope to put right beside it and fill it full of mosses, crypts and shrimp.

But only keep it like it is if you're certain you want to. Looks like you're off to a really solid start, so it shouldn't be tough from here on out.

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Picked up more ocean water today and went to a little lfs and picked up a coral. It's just starting to open up and turn green

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Got a invertebrate for the tank today.
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Neatfish, that invert you found is just a regular bristleworm, relax lmao! they are good detritus eaters and a part of your CUC. that is the most common bristleworms species you will find in reef tanks, and you will find them in ALL SW tanks with live rock. they are not bad. NEVER touch them though. It will be very painful if you get stung by their bristles.

You usually want to let the tank sit and cycle for at least 2 weeks or more before putting in any life. be sure you're testing it and once its ready you can add stuff like you already did just now. make sure you have no ammonia, no nitrite and below 20ppm nitrates. once you start getting algae in your tank, your nitrates should drop to 0ppm and that's where you'll want to be at from then on. you want very low nitrates for a coral reef. but dont worry. corals help with that too. their symbiotic algae can use the nitrogen in the water.

Also i'd only keep one peppermint shrimp per 3 gal tank, but if you're not planning on any fish, or other large invertebrates (non-coral) then a pair of those things is ok for a while. eventually they'll get too big...i think. they grow to 2"+
looks like you got 2 of them, right?

how are you topping off the tank? and is your salinity staying constant at around 1.025-1.026 SG?

Found a pic of some of mine:

I had more than 50 of them in my picotope after a while. when you get to the stage of feeding your whole tank, you'll get to see quite a show of all the inverts getting out of the rockwork to try and get some grub :P
but that's far away. you don't need to feed the entire tank until its full of coral, and is mature. so don't worry about it for now.
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Some more tips for you:
Try to not use your hands in your tank now since it's setup. invest in some simple and long forceps. you can use them to move things around w/o touching coral and rock with bare hands. Also always wash your hands after working on your tank (especially if you put them into the tank).
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I don't need to do a top off I have an ugly cover I made on it for now so I'm not getting any evaporation and the salinity is at 1.024. Why should I keep my hands out of the tank? It's already been 2 weeks and it's ready to go.
I put a white background on for now.



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