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Old 06-25-2010, 11:45 AM
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Manhattan Scott's 50g Reef

Hello everyone.

I am new to the hobby and have started to dive right in with a 50g tank. My original plans were to go FOWLR but after months of research and reading the boards I've decided to try my luck with a reef setup.


So far I have:
50g 36x18x18 tank
CPR aeroforce skimmer
TLF phosband reactor with live carbon media
1 Koralia 1050 PH
200w heater
Wave Point T5 HO light 156w
5lbs base rock
56lbs LR (50 fiji, 6 marshall island)


I have had the tank setup and running for just about 3 weeks so far. I am using tap water currently treated with Marine stress coat. I plan on purchasing and RO/DI unit soon and hope I can find the room for it in my Manhattan apartment!

I did have a piece of shrimp in the tank to help get the cycle moving but removed it after a week due to the smell being so bad.

My last few readings were as follows:
6/12
Ammonia - 0
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 0


6/18
Ammonia - .5
Nitrites - 2
Nitrates - 20


6/20/10
Amm .25
Nitrite 2
Nitrate - 80

6/22/10

Amm 0-.25 (hard to tell but very close to zero)
Nitrite - .25
Nitrate – 80


Over the past few weeks I have made a couple of attempts at aquascaping. I get my substrate today and can’t wait to get that in and start finalizing the layout! Here are some pictures so far.







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Old 06-25-2010, 02:01 PM
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Scott, nice start. Glad to see you've got your tank thread started here on MR.

Curious, what is that in the filter bag?

What type of sand did you pick up? When you add it, if you can get a piece of 2" pvc pipe about 20" long, pour the sand SLOWLY into the pipe, you'll be able to add sand without a sandstorm.

Another way to do it is to take the whole bag of sand and place it onto the tank bottom. Use a razor blade to SLOWLY cut open the whole length of the bag. Slowly let the sand drift out of the bag. Take your time and SLOWLY raise the bag a little at a time. BTW, did I mention SLOWLY enough? lol

Hopefully you'll have your sandbed in place with no sand storm at all.

Good luck with the tank and welcome to the world of reefing. That was one short lived FOWLR tank

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The tank looks very nice you, will need to connect a power head to the carbon reactor but all looks good. IF you are going with sps try to make the rock high up so you have good growth.

Also you might want to add more flow into the tank.
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:24 PM
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Thanks Russ. The filter bag has some LR rubble in it that I did not want to throw away because it was loaded with coralline algae. After I lay out the sand bed I may place some of these around the tank, I put them in a filter bag so that it would not get in the way from all the stuff that was falling off of the rock.

As for the substrate, I went with the Caribsea Dry aragonite special reef grade sand. I was going to use a pint glass to slowly layer in the sand but the pvc pipe idea sounds even better!



QUOTE=masterswimmer;791717]Scott, nice start. Glad to see you've got your tank thread started here on MR.

Curious, what is that in the filter bag?

What type of sand did you pick up? When you add it, if you can get a piece of 2" pvc pipe about 20" long, pour the sand SLOWLY into the pipe, you'll be able to add sand without a sandstorm.

Another way to do it is to take the whole bag of sand and place it onto the tank bottom. Use a razor blade to SLOWLY cut open the whole length of the bag. Slowly let the sand drift out of the bag. Take your time and SLOWLY raise the bag a little at a time. BTW, did I mention SLOWLY enough? lol

Hopefully you'll have your sandbed in place with no sand storm at all.

Good luck with the tank and welcome to the world of reefing. That was one short lived FOWLR tank

Russ[/QUOTE]
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Old 06-25-2010, 02:27 PM
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I actually do have a minijet pump attached to the reactor which I forgot to include in my list.

As for the corals I think I'm going to stick with or at least start with soft and lps only since I do not have more than 200w or so of lighting. Do you think I could get away with some sps using my T5 if they are placed high enough in the tank?


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The tank looks very nice you, will need to connect a power head to the carbon reactor but all looks good. IF you are going with sps try to make the rock high up so you have good growth.

Also you might want to add more flow into the tank.
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you, will need to connect a power head to the carbon reactor but all looks good.

Anthony, The carbon reactor has two vinyl tubes sticking into the tank. The tube on the left has a minijet on it. The tube on the right is the return tube Seems all is good with the flow for the reactor.

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Do you think I could get away with some sps using my T5 if they are placed high enough in the tank?

Yes, if you place some easy to keep Monti Digitata's up high you can try your hand at them.

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Updates pics

Updated pictures of my tank with new aquascape and substrate added. I'm really happy with the way everything has turned out. Also added a Vortech MP10 powerhead for some additional flow.

Ammonia and nitrites are at 0, nitrates are at 10. I do have some phosphates at .2 which I hope to get down through some water changes. Looking to hopefully add a CUC pretty soon and then start stocking!











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looks good so far .
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off to a god start! i like the rock work
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