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2 hours ago, Gonzo620 said:

I don’t heat my water before mixing salt or after.i don’t heat at all.  🤷🏽‍♂️ Is there concern? Should I be? @PaulS.46122

Very exciting can’t wait to see the scape! 

@Gonzo620 I have always heard that it was best to mix your salt water to the temp your tank is running.   🤷‍♂️  Now this may be the case as I'm running a much smaller system than you are too.   I want my mix heated and ready to go when I do a change.   The closest it is to tank temp is best for me to avoid temp swings.

I do understand its okay to mix and let rest, but wouldn't you want to heat the water before doing a waterchange?

 

 

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Too much of a temp swing from a water change can be bad for the corals and fish. I always heat my water first.

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So fish discussion time! This is just a quick list, probably two many for my tank but I want to stay big and pull back.  The numbers I have listed are suggested school sizes, so curious to hear about your thoughts. 

Goals: Column swimmers, Column floater, Rock explorer, Sand fish, I’m looking for a vibrant amount of movement and fish.

 And please give recommendations around alternatives. 

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I like the list, but would worry about having a mandarin in a new tank.   I assume you're going to introduce pods until you get a good community built up in your tank?

Also a mix of purple and orange fire fish would be neat.   

 

 

 

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Yes, once parameters are stable I’ll run pods only for a few weeks, feed them phyto and let the population explode.

Also I like the mixed idea will they all school mixed?

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1 hour ago, tprize said:

Yes, once parameters are stable I’ll run pods only for a few weeks, feed them phyto and let the population explode.

Also I like the mixed idea will they all school mixed?

I’m not sure.   I was thinking more about color than schooling.   

 

 

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I made a little water change station over in the DIY forums as part of the build, but wanted to keep it separate since it's a bit of a mini project in the tank build, take a look.

 

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@PaulS.46122 looks like the answer is buy zebra stripped Dartfish. People say the Firefish do well short term but will become aggressive with each other long term. 

Revised list:

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Most of the time firefish will pick each other off after a while.  That's why I got Jenn a helfrichi instead.

The zebra bars are pretty cool fish and usually in stock at a local fish store.  For chromos I usually recommend odd numbers but maybe starting with 6 and 5 being your target in case one perishes would work.  

Very cool on the DIY bucket sir.  I will bring you a few empty ones for me 😁

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In my experience, the blue reef chromis you mentioned would do better with only 3 for this size tank. I've had 3  zebra dartfish before and they did fine. Although they would hide a lot in the rocks. For a Mandarin, you will have to culture pods or buy them all the time. In that size tank I don't think pods will populate themselves enough to sustain a mandarin.  Mandarins will eat 500+ pods a day. Have you thought about adding a pistol shrimp with your yellow watchman goby? I love watching them interact. 

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Absolutely will have a pistol shrimp, i am torn between more little fish, so it feels full, or one larger fish like an angel.

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38 minutes ago, tprize said:

Absolutely will have a pistol shrimp, i am torn between more little fish, so it feels full, or one larger fish like an angel.

 

Little fish.   I think it would make the tank look bigger than it is.   Just my thoughts.

 

 

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Well my return pump is making a high pitches noise that can be heard throughout the room. Simplicity has been incredible, they sent out some new parts to try, and when that did not work, they are sending out a new body.  Incredible customer service. Stinks I go the one bad egg, but with customer service like this that’s ok.

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So now the worst part of a build waiting, here is the rest of my equipment list, any help thinking through what I will need next would be nice. The Neotherm, and PMUP are on back order, but I have ordered them.

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It seams like it always has to go through the ugly stage before getting better.

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Well, here is my newest update, the return pump is now dead silent, so that is good news. I added a Coral Beauty to the tank as my first fish. Tank is doing well, but I do have a good hardy Diatom build up. 

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