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Hi guys so an opportunity popped up at the beginning of December where a friend of mine gave me around 30-40kg of live rock, the day I picked it up I got some salt water and some rodi for top ups. On the live rock was a colony of 20 polyps of zoas which are still doing okay. I've got reef test kit on order aswell as refractometer, reef roids for the acan and siporax for biological

I just have 2 power heads in the tank I haven't installed a filter yet as I was doing my research and weighing up sumps. Anyway to get to it... I entered a raffle and have ended up winning a few different zoa frags mushrooms and an acan frag, luckily all easy corals. So I have the 60cm cube with the rock, sand and wave makers in, should I add the new corals to this or set up a small holding tank until I get the cube properly cycled? Any advice on filters/sumps? I also have an aquaray led tile which is okay but looking for another light, seems to only be AI prime/hydra and radions at the top but whill my current lights be okay? The rock pieces are slightly too big, can I make them smaller with hammer and chisel? Thanks all

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Is it all live rock in the tank? If so then you will have some die off due to the transport but the tank should be ready quickly. If your ammonia and nitrites are zero I would say you can add the corals and some fish. The zoas should be fine. Acans might be more sensitive.

Please note that with the rock so close to the side glass you won’t be able to clean those sides well.

Also get some clean up crew (few hermits and snails or so)


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Is it all live rock in the tank? If so then you will have some die off due to the transport but the tank should be ready quickly. If your ammonia and nitrites are zero I would say you can add the corals and some fish. The zoas should be fine. Acans might be more sensitive.

Please note that with the rock so close to the side glass you won’t be able to clean those sides well.

Also get some clean up crew (few hermits and snails or so)


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It is all live rock yes, I have already noticed slight die off as when it first went in the tank there was alot of amphipods/copepods but not seeing as many now? Since that picture was taken I have removed around 5 pieces of rock, I've kept it in a bucket of saltwater is it worth it or should I dry it out and keep as back up? Thanks for your advice

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If you want to keep it live you will also need to keep it heated. All depends on your plans

Good luck with it what fish are you planning?


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If you want to keep it live you will also need to keep it heated. All depends on your plans

Good luck with it what fish are you planning?


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Ah... Well then it's already dead to start just some a pair of clowns my hope is this time next year I'll be on the verge of upgrading tank size, my dream fish is a mandarin dragonet, but I know they need well established tanks with plenty of live food around so I'm prepared to wait

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Hi @Danstanks welcome to ReefBase

Looks like a nice selection of liverock there,  yes you can break it up with a chisel if you want.  Wear eye protection!!! I took a piece straight in the eye a few years back!

A second hand Hydra 26HD would be ideal for that size tank.

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Hi @Danstanks welcome to ReefBase

Looks like a nice selection of liverock there,  yes you can break it up with a chisel if you want.  Wear eye protection!!! I took a piece straight in the eye a few years back!

A second hand Hydra 26HD would be ideal for that size tank.
Thanks for your advice, I've obviously watched alot of brs on YouTube and been scouting forums and chats for a while just wanted a more personal approach. Do you think I'd be okay with a canister filter if maintained weekly? What about the seperate tank for corals until I'm sorted in main tank?


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Thanks for your advice, I've obviously watched alot of brs on YouTube and been scouting forums and chats for a while just wanted a more personal approach. Do you think I'd be okay with a canister filter if maintained weekly? What about the seperate tank for corals until I'm sorted in main tank?


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Sure mate,  I mean a sump is better, but you can use a canister if you want. 

The skimmer is the biggest problem, if you want one it'll need to be a hang-on (e.g. bubble magus qq3) or in-display one (e.g. tunze 9004). 

About the corals - if you can be bothered to maintain another tank while sorting the main one there's, no reason why not.  I'm doing that at the moment, it's quite a lot of effort doing water changes on both.

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Reply #8

You maintain a canister filter when it needs maintaining ,eg the flow slows down indicating the media is getting clogged. Only washing any media in tank water so you dont kill the bacteria.
You will of course have to be on top of water changes as aerobic bacteria dont take the cycle the whole way but leave behind nitrate.
Dosing has to be done into the tank  as there no sump,so you have to be more careful .
No reason why you cant run an enclosed system,its all we had years back ,but they do require more work . One thing you cant do without is a skimmer. Plenty of hang on versions are available.
Good luck and do keep us posted with pictures.


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