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    Cool Howdy

    What's up guys? I inherited a FO tank 10 months ago and have been painfully cleaned it up and converted it to FOWLR with hopes of introducing corals in the next few months. Came across your group through a neighbor who's selling his house and he said you have an incredible group. Woo!

    I've got a 65 gal tank with a 20 gal sump (currently disconnected). The original owner treated his fish with copper but I've managed to eliminate it by changing the sand bed, removing the refugium, and adding a protein skimmer. I've had a stable system with a deep sand bed (4~5") and about 15 lbs live rock for about 4 months. I've got a healthy chocolate chip starfish, 2 brittle stars, and 3 hermit crabs to prove it's safe.

    Still battling a few challenges such as electric blue protein skimmate and excessive snail eggs on the glass but all in all I think I'm winning the war. Looking forward to meeting more local reefers!

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    Welcome to ORCA !!!
    Good Luck,
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    It will be good to get a good copper test, copper is not something that can be eliminated that easy, even the silicone in the tank will leach copper that is still there.
    If you're planning on keeping corals in it, I'd test for copper and make sure it is zero (0).
    Good Luck,
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    Welcome to ORCA! I second Cesar's concern on the copper. I would also be a little leery of the chocolate chip. He is fine in a FOWLR, but start adding the other stuff and you might be missing it when he gets hungry. Of course, you might luck out. The good thing is that the chocolate chip is easy to catch.
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    Welcome to ORCA, I second that copper advice.. maybe be worth a total strip down and dry/ wash out. and good soak with a few pumps in there. I personally don't do medications of any kind. I'm just too scared of them. to many unknowns. pour on the questions we try n help.
    Four individual systems Right now.
    Modified Red sea 250 with attached 20 gal frag system XR15 pro light on FRAG tank, combo t5 reef bright led on main tank, now @100 gal total mostly sps tank, auto WC, Custom life reef filtration system Fuge and skimmer. KALK ATO chiller mp10's.
    30gal red sea 130d lps/softies/anemone tank, kalk ato, reef bright led strip.
    40 quarantine set up.
    375 total gallon marineland 300 DD main system 9 months old now and stabilized. T5 VHO lights/ BLUE led strip, Fully custom built LIFE REEF sump and FUGE, AWESOME 48" tall skimmer, and 1000+ gallon rated custom Ca reactor, I am expanding into this one ATM bit by bit,

    Still lots to learn about the hobby but I have amassed a great collection of real beauties and a FRAG saw will be in my future I think. I have broken past the stage of keeping things alive and now there actually growing out. Which is a big hurdle for many beginners I must admit. Good information and advise is hard to get sometimes and the club has done wonders with respect to quality advise and help in the hobby.

    THANKS ORCA!!!!

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