330l aquarium

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  1. Boerseun

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    Well here I find myself getting everything I need. I am starting not only as a newbie but also like a lot of people on a budget.

    So here I go
    1. How many powerheads should I have in my tank it is 1.3x0.5x0.5?
    2. what can I use for substrate/live sand as I do not have access to the stuff I really need
    3. Then, How much coral can I add after cycling my tank?

    Now my big problem. I want to do a sumpless system. Can any one give me any clues on what to use as a filter instead of a sump and also the best filter material.

    So yea. Lots of questions



    Thanx everyone and good day to all
     
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    This is not a problem :)
    I have a 330L sumpless tank and it is doing really well. I wish you were closer then I could show you.

    You need to get the best skimmer that you can afford. I cannot over emphasis it enough. Make sure it is rated for at least 100L over your tank volume. I have the Deltec MCE600 which is an awesome and efficient skimmer. It is expensive though but there are other great HOB skimmers on the market.
    I have 2 flow pumps - flow is just as important to stir up any debris on the sand bed. Your tank is quite long so you might need 3 pumps??
    Then of course, you need a heater.
    The lighting on my tank is 2 LED units.
    I use aragonite for the sand bed. I know people have used playsand but because my tank is sumpless I wanted to make sure that there would be no problem. You can explore the possibility of using play sand.
    Lastly, I have installed an ozoniser. Best thing I did. I have had 2 white spot outbreaks in the past. Since installing the ozoniser, I have had no further problems. I am not claiming that ozone eradicates white spot but rather that it keeps the water quality high which helps.

    Most of the sponsors on this site courier hardware and livestock to anywhere in the country so that should not be a problem.

    A sumpless tank can be done so do not let people tell you it cannot. My tank is now just over a year and a half old. I do not have any large fish like tangs but I have 2 butterflyfish, 2 clowns, 2 yasha gobies, green banded goby, tailspot blenny, chalk bass, neon goby, 2 evansi anthias and a sunburst anthias.

    My tank is low on corals simply because they are expensive but my aim is to fill my tank as soon as I can. If you want to go SPS then you will need to decide that now so that you can buy the right equipment. My tank only has softies and lps's.

    Hope this helps a little.
     
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    What biological filter are you planning to use without a sump?
     
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    That is also part of my questions But I am with Irma my 440L skimmer should do the trick
     
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    Seachem Purigen Has anyone used that. I am thinking of using it instead of a full on sump and with a very big protein skimmer
     
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    Maybe add a canister filter with orca cubes in it???Will it work @dallasg
     
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    Also you could add a nice big Aqua Clear hang on filter and add sponge,carbon in it
     
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    Yea that would work just as well
     
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    I have a nice Eheim Canister wet dry filter.It pumps water slowly and fills it up and then it flushes it almost like a wave it creates a really nice effect.
     
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    I want to add arag-alive to my tank for substrate BUT I cant figure out how much I am going to need. Can someone help me?
     
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    Depends how deep you want it I would say about 4 to 6 bags of 9.1 kg
     
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    Im thinking of using Florida crushed of about 2.5cm
     
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    add some play sand or river sand underneath
     
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    Buy and add 3 bags see how it looks if you need more add one more
     
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    3 bags of 9.1 kg
     
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    What else whould you say is a good substrate?
     
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    I have Caribsea Fiji Pink looks nice
     
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    Just a quick question. Would there be a problem with me first having my bare tank with live rock basically cycling my tank with just live rock and then adding the live sand and cycling it again. I know it sounds a long process but my live sand is only coming in a few weeks and my lfs has some nice live rock and its going fast
     
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    No problem get it the cycle going.Stack your LR like you want it and when your live sand comes add it but don't take out your LR let it rest on your tank base.Work the sand in between the rocks.

    This will help when you maybe get a sand sifting goby to assure he cant take the sand out underneath your rocks causing a rock slide which can lead to his death or a cracked base.
     
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    Yea actually that sounds better than adding ls first or rather safer
     
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