New Cube - all advice appreciated

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  1. dubediver

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    So I have decided to do a small cube tank to transfer all my stock into so I can restart my big tank.
    Here are some pics so far. Want to run two media reactors in the sump next to the skimmer. Led light (r300 ) will be hung of two poles at the back of the tank.

    Any advice greatly appreciated, if I had listened more first time round, wouldn't need tone doing this now.

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    Should I put egg crate under the live rock and then put live sand over it ?
     
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    Some people do this but I'm not a fan of it as I think it restricts movement of critters and worms too much. If you're going to have sand then just put the rocks straight onto the sand.
     
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    Live sand or normal aragonite ? I do need the tank to cycle quickly
     
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    You can use aragonite, just seed with some live rock. I also used special blend which I believe helps, but to be honest I havent started a tank without it so not so sure. Check out my thread to give you an idea.
     
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    Thanks viper , that's what I was thinking , but will try directly on glass bottom, burrowing critters can be painful
     
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    Thanks Rockfire , I am nervous about introducing live rock , last tank died because I wasn't carefull . If I could find 100% guaranteed to be pest free live rock , maybe try a piece. Quick seed in a bottle maybe
     
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    I don't believe live sand makes a huge difference in cycling the tank, you'd be better off using a specialised product like Seachem Stability.
     
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    I dont know if you can get that guarantee. Maybe you can put the live rock in the SUMP and the pods can make its way to the DT. Sorry, I am just gusessing here now.
     
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    Live rock is always a gamble. The best way is to introduce liverock with out any problem is to get dead/dry rock and have it in your setup with the cycling process. After a couple of weeks you can get a cup of sand from a established system (which you know that has no issues) to help seed it. I would also start off with normal dry aragonite and just add special blend or similar product to start the cycle. To buy the so called "live sand" is a waste of money as it costs more than a normal bag of aragonite and the life in the sand is mostly if not all dead anyway.
     
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    Just remember that pest and diseases can also be introduced through corals. I remember that there was a member that took every precaution not to have any pests introduced into his system, painstakingly checking and cleaning all his equipment, rocks and tank. At the end just a couple of months down the line he bought corals from a LFS and ended up with a aiptasia outbreak.
     
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    Just bleached all my live rock because of aptasia, bubble algae and everything else you can think of. Going to dip all my corals before I move them to the new tank . Going to go with aragonite and special blend I think .
     
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    Can you remove that TSR name badge banner thing?

    To open up the sump access.

    Having to work around it for ever will eventually irritate you. Well, it surely would bother me.
     
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    I hate it, really painful, but it's steel, so will need an axe grinder which will be a pain. Going to have a new one made higher and wider soon.
     
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    My first rock work attemp. Couldn't get myself to do the minimalistic look .

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    So, moved everything from old tank, before tank cycled. Using a lot of stability and planning on doing lots of water changed for first few months. Got a little bit of live rock in sump , and running matrix in external canister. Corals are absolutely loving it. Think led's make a huge difference too.
     
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    Looking good would like to the a close up of that sun coral!
     
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