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I got into saltwater aquariums when the church where I work was given a 100 gallon saltwater aquarium. I volunteered to take care of the aquarium and the last year has been spent learning everything I can to care of the tank and its inhabitants.
College Station, TX
Saltwater Aquariums, reading


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Help Choosing A Return Pump

by AudraMurphy on 01-27-2017 at 12:58 PM
Hello Everyone,
I need help choosing a return pump for my upcoming aquarium project. It is 8' x 3' x 3'. It will have a 20" synergy reef overflow. The information on their website says it will has a 2,500 gph flow rate. There will be two 1 1/2" returns (one on each end of the aquarium on the back.) I have been looking at various pumps but I'm just not sure which way to go or even what GPH range to look at. I plan on having a number of vortechs and/or maybe maxspect gyres for

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Unidentified Creature In My Sump

by AudraMurphy on 03-02-2016 at 05:52 PM
Hey Guys,

Last year when I was doing a little remodeling in my display tank I found a strange creature under one of my shelf rocks. While I had the rock out of the water to move to my sump I lightly poked at the mystery creature and it had a hard shell. I put it in my sump and a couple days later when I was watching the sump I noticed that this little creature moved. I've attached a picture of it. In the picture he is sitting up (for lack of a better word) but when I move my hand

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New Plans for My Upcoming Aquarium

by AudraMurphy on 01-13-2016 at 10:40 PM
Hey Guys!!

OK. So I've been working on my dream tank for several years now and it is becoming a reality. I originally thought I was going to have a 12' x 7' rectangular room but now the room has changed into an odd shaped 15' x 4' x 11' x 10' x 4' room. I was originally planning on a 600 gallon tank but decided reduced it to a 465 gallon after meeting with the architects and finding out how much space would be designated for the aquarium and doing some long hard thinking about

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Sump Question

by AudraMurphy on 03-26-2015 at 12:01 PM
Hello. First of all thank you to everyone for all the help y’all have given me on previous questions!!

I have a question about my current sump setup. This was setup about 4 years ago and is not the ideal setup. At the time I thought I had it planned out so “perfectly” but after I had purchased everything and went to set it all up it didn’t work the way I had in my head and after some setbacks I have my current setup. I know y'all are going to read this and say "What on earth

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Future Tank Build Planning Question

by AudraMurphy on 10-21-2014 at 06:33 PM
Hello Guys!!

I am hoping y'all will be able to help me with some preliminary planning for an aquarium and fish room I am trying to plan. We are building a Preschool/Children's Wing at the church I work at. We currently have a 100 gallon aquarium that I have been maintaining for the last four years. I have been told they want a BIG one in the new building. We have had our first meeting with the architects. We don't have any drawings yet but I will need to let them know what type

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