a rather late introduction

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  1. Wesd

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    Hello everyone,

    been a member on this forum for a few months now just havnt made a post yet :)

    A little bit about myself, I am studying a Bsc Marine Biology (first year) and have always had a passion for the ocean, I have also been doing volunteer work at Ushaka one day a week since November (this is to build experience for my degree).

    As for my tank system, Im currently in the process of setting up a FOWLR system (the details below) :

    Dimensions : 1000mm(L)*500mm(H)*400mm(W).

    Lighting : Odyssea dual pro T5 light unit (two 39W ATI tubes, 1 blue, 1 white).

    Filtration : Unfortunately I dont have room for a sump so I will be running a penn-plax cascade 700 external canister filter. There will also be two small internal canister filters (these will also serve as the tanks circulation) one is a 720 L/h and the other is 1400 L/h. The live rock will serve as the main filtration in the tank.

    Heating : 2*lifetech 200W heaters.

    Skimmer : I will not be running a skimmer to start with but will add one at a later stage.

    I am also running a quarantine tank in conjunction with the main tank, its nothing special 1.5 foot tank with a box filter. Doing water changes frequently (currently have three fish in it, 1*blenny, 1*blacktail chromis, 1*domino)

    So thats a little insight into me and my tank :) I have a more developed thread with pics etc on sareefkeeping (if you want to see pics, wesd's FOWLR). :thumbup:
     
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  3. Tiger eye

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    Welcome (formally) and good luck with the studys.
     
  4. Wesd

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    thanks tiger eye
     
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    I would use one of thr small canister filters as a denitrator.
     
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    Hello and welcome Wesd
     
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  10. Wesd

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    welcome to our forum (officially that is) Wesd. Goo luck with your studies and the tank:)
     
  12. Wesd

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    A quick question, do you guys know where I can collect some nice, easy to care for, soft corals (besides zoas) in the durban area and what the best methods to collect the different types are (again excluding zoas)? This is obviously not for my FOWLR, but my uncle is giving me his 1800mm*660mm*660mm tank that he is getting rid of in a few months and i want to turn it into a nice soft coral reef setup (but i want to collect all the coral myself and all the fish for it as well, so its a completely local setup). I have my marine aquarium fish permit and mollusc, inverts, etc permit; if im not mistaken this allows me to collect softies :)
     
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    Welcome :thumbup:
     
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    Collecting a small patch is OK with me, just do not go and rip big pieces of the rocks. Remember, we still want to see them next year. No point in us marine loving guys destroying our own rock pools. A small patch will grow in your tank just as well as a big patch. That is providing you can keep it alive never mind striving.
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!!!!
     
  17. Wesd

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    Thanks guys :) @RiaanP i definately fully agree with you there, you only need a small amount to create a flourishing colony with some patients and the right parameters :) for zoas 10 to 20 polyps max and ive heard (not sure how true this is) that for leather corals (sarcophyton) you retract the polyps and snip off a small corner, then it will propagate a new colony. I just would like to know what to look out for, where to look out for it and the best way to collect so as not to damage the remaining corals :). Any info on the topic of softies would be much appreciated guys, thanks again :D
     
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  18. williet

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    @Wesd have a look at isipingo beach!
     
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    thanks Williet, are there any specific spots or just that whole stretch of beach in general ?
     
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    williet Look at the shiny LEDs!!!

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    The rockpools going right and not towards the beach!
     
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    ok thanks a lot :)
     
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