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  1. Quintus

    Quintus the irish aXeman

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    hi guys.

    my display tank is not running at present, the dimensions are 1500h*450w*800h.
    the water level will not exceed 700.

    My aim is a reef tank with fishy.

    Question 1. the flow in the tank, what volumetric displacement pumps do you suggest i get?

    Question 2. the ligthing, what, who and why?

    thanks
     
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  3. Warr7207

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    Flow and lighting will be dependant on the corals you want to keep.

    Generally hard corals(SPS) need loads of lighting - Metal Halide and T5's

    Hard corals also like loads of flow, I would say around 50x turnover. To work this out, take total volume IE: 500 litres x 50 = 25000, this the total amount of flow you want to aim at for total of all your pumps (powerheads and return and CLS pumps)

    700mm deep, have you thought about the difficulty of getting stuff in and out of tank, unless you have really long arms :p

    I have a 600mm deep tank, and my next tank will be between 50-100mm shallower just to make life easier.

    PS: Welcome
     
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    welcome
     
  5. flipwhip

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    Welcome to MASA…...:thumbup:
     
  6. crispin

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    hello there dumbo:) welcome to masa great to have you join.

    warr has prettyu much covered your questions but there are a few things to think about before yopu fire that tank up:) the depth will make working in it difficult unless you have alot of substrate (lessen the depth) and have an intank deep sand bed (DSB) and the lower parts of youir tank wont really get enough PAR from any T5's you have so you would have to go with metal hallides i think.But again that depends on what you want to keep :)
     
  7. Quintus

    Quintus Thread Starter the irish aXeman

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    thanks but previously i had malawi's and i just use t snake tongs to work at the bottom.
    but as a beginner i don't have too much a clue with what corals to start with.
    so i'm at a check 22 state- any advice now
     
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    welcome to MASA!!:thumbup:
     
  9. Warr7207

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    Soft with soft corals and the odd LPS, latter on down the line. A major difference between FW and Marines is Live Rock, which is essential for biological filtration and makes up your reef.

    Drop one of these beasts and watch your tank break :(
     
  10. Quintus

    Quintus Thread Starter the irish aXeman

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    ok so lets say i go with that,
    so what would the best lighting be?
     
  11. Warr7207

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    For softies/LPS 4 x 54watt T5's will do nicely. Mixture of Actinic, 2 x 15000K and a 10000K work for me
     
  12. Quintus

    Quintus Thread Starter the irish aXeman

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    now that gives me a start ,thanks
     
  13. Dewald@Dorry

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    Hi Dumbo! A warm welcome to MASA!!! You have certainly come to the right place for advise and guidance!

    Just my 2c. Before you even start to set-up the tank, please go and do some research about what type of corals and fish you would like to keep. There are basically three types of corals; SPS, LPS and softies. You can go onto the "Links" section on this site for more info, but I somma google everything!

    Once you have an idea of what you would more or less like to keep, you can then plan your system accordingly. The lighting, flow, Filtration etc will change depending on what you wanna keep in your system. Although some of the basic princaples will remain the same.

    You will notice and will hear most people on this forum say that research and planning is the core of a successfull marine system. I personally made some mistakes when initially setting up my system by not researching enough before buying equipment, salt etc. You will save yourself alot of frustration and most importantly MONEY!;)

    I also see that you are from JHB. Its also a good idea to join MASA's JHB Reef Club. You can then go a check out some of our reefer's systems to see what they keep and how they have set-up their systems. If you'd like you can even come and look at my system. We are all here trying to help..;)
     
  14. Pete

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    Welcome to Masa. Like Tiger has mentioned do some research first and go and have a look at a couple of setups fisrt then take it from there. IMO T5's are not going to penatrate the bottom of your tank but could work just dont skimp on the purchase of the globes go for good quality. Take it slow as only bad thing happen fast,and remember Rome was not built in a day
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!! Good luck with tha tank.
     
  16. Quintus

    Quintus Thread Starter the irish aXeman

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    Hi
    i have joined the club, thanks.
     
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    martin Reef Adict

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    Welcome:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to the dark side.

    I am with Warren, 700mm is deep as hell, my tank is at that level, and I was up to my armpits last night trying to position live rock.... painful
     
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    welcometomasa
     
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