Skippie's First Start-up

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  1. Skippie

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    Guys, the tanks was running since yesterday 12pm and there are plenty purple corilline growing even on the bleak LR in the middle.
    Will post some picks now.

    I also did measurements
    NH4 - <0.25
    PH - 7.7
    NO2 (nitrate) - 0

    Any comments plz

    Thanks skippie
     
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    Yes, it must be 12-15cm. You also need to prevent the water from disturbing the sand like that, cause you don't want oxygen rich water to reach the bottom layers of the DSB as it will make it ineffective. You can do this to prevent it - had it on my old sump




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    Thanks tobes
    I will make the correction immediately
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    Ok corrections done
    Will post some pics in 30 min
    Thanks again
     
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    Verry nice Skippie

    Hey there buddy.

    Well i goto set the record straight.
    Skippie did say i gave him the tank but he also did pay me R2000 for it.
    But ja i must say it was a good price with everything he got with it.

    So lets get to the tank PPL.
    Skippie i must say again, very nice man.
    Love all the mods you did. I can see your starting to think like a real marine junkie like all of us on MASA.

    Just wane give you some congrats and some tips maybe:

    1) Great job on the Unions you put on the back of the tank plumbing.
    Now you can loosen it any time you want to.

    2) The stand mod for the sump and for the plumbing and soft pipes used for plumbing. Nice

    3) Maybe see if you can rather put the heaters into the LR or DSB part of the tank.
    Cos remember if the water level drops too for some or other reason the heaters wont be completely under water. Or to solve this add a auto top up unit.
    But be careful with ATU it can also cause a problem if it malfunctions and floods the system with RO. Thats why i dont have one yet, and when i get one on my new tank im gona add 2 float switches just for in case

    4) I ran that tank with a TS2. IMHO if i would have to start with that tank again i wouldn't use anything smaller that a TS2 but if i got the cash ill go for the TS3.
    Its true what Crispen said you have to look at what your going to add in the future.
    If your thinking SPS ill say TS3 min. And also like eraticC said about the LR in the skimmer chamber. (Now i know why my ST2 pump impeller magnet looks so bad. OOPS)

    5) Nice Idea frome tobes there with the two peaces of PVC pipe.

    6) Remember that the cycle for a tank to be LS save is one month.
    Unfortunately in this hobby time is the key.
    You can do some dosing of bacteria like we spoke on the phone but the best is just to wait it out ill say. This is your first tank so give it time, its worth it.
    And remember over stocking a tank or adding too many LS at a time can crash the system, then its back to stage one on your tank and budget.

    7) While you have time on your hands look at skimmers and lights.
    Lights you will have to decide if your going for T5`s, MH`s or LED`s.
    All depends what your gona host in the tank.
    *Fish only the T5`s ok.
    *Fish and coral then lots of T5`s also ok
    *Fish and coral then MH`s can also work but then you must have a chiller
    *Fish and coral then LED`s also great but it is expensive. But at least they don't heat up the water like MH`s

    In the end of the day its all about, Nice lighting for fish and coral, budget, electricity bill ohja, did i say budget. hehe

    8) Keep up the good work. Love what you've done to the tank ext.
    And remember to always ask if your not sure or if you need info.


    Lastly, a few thing that's been stuck with me since ive started this hobby:
    *Research, Research, & Research
    *The more you've got your hands in the tank the more problems you might have
    *Marines takes time
    *Practice makes, mmm what the hell just give it time.
    *Money can buy you great equipment but cant give you the fun and satisfaction of a DIY project, even if it does go wrong.
    *Everyone has great ideas on MASA
    *If you dont know, ask MASA
    *Budget on marines mmm, ag just look at the pretty nemo mommy


    Ok ok i can go on the whole day.
    Just one more thing.

    Never tell the wife what you paid for the new LS, she does not need to know.
    And if you have to fetch LS from the LFS, go and pay half of the amount, then give your wife the rest on the cash and ask her nicely to go pick up some new LS for the tank.

    Good luck Skippie.
    Nice man, nice

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    And this is the pics I promised
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    The sump with mod

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    Nice man.

    Keep up the good work and enjoy the hobby.:thumbup:
     
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    Put all the live rock, or most of it in the display when the skimmer comes. Instead of looking at TS3 or TS4, check out the Reef Octopus and JNS skimmers. You might find a better skimmer for the same amount or slightly more.
     
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    Will Do Thanks Tobes
     
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    It may be stupid ...but i am so excited about the purple and green corriline algea growing on the rocks.. Here is some pic's

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    and the baby rock...still bleak ...

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    and the 2 rocks on the right hand side

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    There are more in my album
    Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Thanks
     
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    Thanks Moolis, will come and visit soon :thumbup:
     
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    Hey All,
    Update time,

    I raised the DSB to 13cm by adding sand in small amounts slowly, didn't want to disturb the lower part.

    Also installed some more plugs on the left side of the sump for the skimmer arriving this week.

    Tanks been running for 2weeks now and I measured just now. Stats as follows
    Ph 8.0
    No2. * *0.0
    Nh4<0.25
    Salinity. 1.023
    temp 26

    I see some crawlies in the display tanks, small but noticeable.

    I started to do a fish list and will post it soon for comments.

    Thanks
    Skippie
     
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    Nice. Keep us posted
     
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    Hi all.
    My tank has been cycling for 2 weeks now and all the readings looks fine. If it stay's this way I think it will be save to add LS in 2 weeks.
    I have been reading and compiling my wish list of LS that I would like to host.
    I know this may be a huge list but I kept in mind that I will not be able to get everything on the list so here goes.

    <><>Fish: <><>
    Genus: Gramma
    Gramma melacara *,Blackcap Basslet

    Antennariidae striatus *,Hairy frogfish

    Chelmon rostratus.**'butterflyfish

    Commen clown

    Priolepis nocturnus (Circus goby)

    Acanthurus achilles. *, *Achilles tang
    Paracanthurus hepatus *,Regal Tang

    Zanclus cornutus , *Moorish Idol

    Rhinecanthus aculeatus *, *Blackbar, Picasso trigger

    Labroides phthirophagus , *Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse
    Larabicus quadrilineatus ,*Red Sea cleaner wrasse
    Macropharyngodon meleagris ,*Black spotted leopard wrasse
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    GREEN MANDARIN FISH,*Synchiropus Splendidus

    <><>Invertebrates<><>
    Tridacna crocea , *(Crocus clams)

    Ovula ovum ,*Flamingo Tongue Snail
    Primovula bellica ,*Allied dendronepthya cowrie

    Limulus polyphemus, *Horseshoe Crab
    Lybia tesselata , *Pom-pom crab

    Calcinus elegans,*Electric Blue hermit

    <><>Soft coral><><
    Sinularia, Lobophytum, and Sarcophyton (Leather corals)
    Much room coral


    So for start of I would like to get
    Mandarin (green)
    Tang (emperor)
    Cleaner wrasse
    Cleaner shrimp
    Leather coral
    Mushroom coral.

    There are lots more I want but for a start this will be a dream come true for me.
    Please give comments and opinions, remember I want to do this right and enyou my little paradise.

    Thanks
    Skippie
     
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    Update
    I placed the skimmer in the sump and moved the LR to the display tanks. Skimmer was running fine but I didn'n like the LR in the display tank.
    Moonlis agreed to exchange the sump LR for display LR. Big up for Moolis, thanks a mill.

    I packed the LR and this is the result.
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    Also I saw Herbie and decided to take him. It was love at first sight. Acclimatized him for a hour and half, dosed the tanks with stability and.......
    He has not stopped eating my algae. Guess its a good sign.

    MASA Please meet Herbie.
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    Thanks
    Skippie



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    Just off the top of my head...Mandarin and Cleaner Wrasse....

    Mandarin....
    MandarinFish
    You need a well established Tank for the Mandarin...unless you are one of the lucky few that gets one that eats alternate foods such as frozen foods...


    Cleaner Wrasse....
    Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse Facts, Information, photos and pictures - Facts, Information, photos and pictures of the Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse
    Labroides


    Four Line Cleaner Wrasse...
    DreamAquatic.com - Four Line Cleaner Wrasse - Larabicus quadrilineatus - Buy Cheap Red Sea Cleaner Wrasse Now and Save!


    Leopard Wrasse....
    Leopard Wrasse, Macropharyngodon meleagris, Blackspotted Wrasse, Guinea Fowl Wrasse

    Moorish Idol...
    Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Moorish Idol
     
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    Marine Compatability Chart


    Basslet....
    Blackcap Gramma – Gramma melacara
    Black Cap Basslet,*Gramma melacara*Species Profile, Hobbyist Guide, Care Instructions, Black Cap Basslet care, Feeding and more.**::**Aquarium Domain.com

    Hairy Frogfish...
    http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Gallery/Descript/StriatedFrogfish/StriatedFrogfish.html

    Circus Goby....
    Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Black Barred Convict Goby

    Butterfly Fish...
    Reefkeeping Magazine - Fish Profile-

    Achilles Tang....
    Regal Tang...
    FishProfiles.com - Paracanthurus hepatus

    Picasso Triggerfish...
    Picasso Triggerfish - Rhinecanthus aculeatus
     
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    Did you come across these when you done you'r selection....I thought I'll share...some "useless info"...:p...I want them...:)

    This is also a beautiful Goby...
    Dracula Goby...Stonogobiops dracula

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    Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Dracula Goby

    And a impressive Blenny...so different....
    Hancock Barnacle Blenny...Acanthemblemaria hancocki ...
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    Barnacle Blenny
     
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    Thanks Belinda
    It definitely back to the drawing board for me.

    On which site do you use for your research?
     
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