Bigger is better....

Discussion in 'Large Tanks' started by martinkeyser, 14 Feb 2010.

  1. martinkeyser

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    hi everyone.
    when the gogga bites, it bites hard. i decided to upgrade, ordered a bigger tank from Idol marines. 1.2m by 1.2m by 0.7m.
    couldn`t resist going bigger. need some help though.
    i built a bigger sump with a total sand bed area of 3600square cm. new sump water volume of just over 200L.
    plan on using my existing skimmer, an orca100. think it will work?
    advise will be apreciated.
     
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  3. Annoying

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    Hey Good luck with the new tank!
     
  4. Andreas

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    Very nice size cube. Just over a 1000l:thumbup:What livestock are you planning on keeping in this tank?Fish numbers etc. What is the orca 100 rated at?1500l??

    If that's the case then I think it might be a tad to small for this tank dependant on livestock offcourse. I like a skimmer rated to at least two or more times the total water volume;)
     
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    the orca100 is rated at 750l. 3 reasons why i was thinking it might work. 1- the dsb is quite big and not new at all 2- the ats is working beautifully, both will be lending a hand and 3- quoted from lanzo`s site.... "This orca skims double the amount of the ts2...it skimms more or less the same as the ts3....very good skimmer"
    the ts3 is rated at 1500L. maybe lanzo can help
     
  6. Andreas

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    Dont believe anything from Lanzo's site:lol::razz:

    Have a look at Mudshark's tank and see the success he has achieved using an ATS. I think your filtration would be adequite as long as you stock slowly and give your biological filtration enough time to establish itself in your setup.
     
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    just to back you up here andreas, i think your key to using a smaller rated skimmer will be time. There are some great systems which use underated to small skimmers BUT they all have some form of matured biological filtration attached to them. Dont underestimate the time it takes for bilological filtration to catch up to increased bio load, its a slow process and stocking too fast with lower mechanical filtration in place could lead to alot of tears.
     
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    :thumbup:Yip. Stock slowly and give your biological system enough time to get a good foot hold in your tank:razz:Good luck with your journey;)
     
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    That ^ has sumed it up

    Always take all skimmer ratings and divide by half and then some. but with DSB and ATS you can get away. just make sure u dont add livestock too quickly as everything needs to be balanced
     
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    Please excuse my ignorance, but what is ATS?
     
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    Ah, ok. Now it makes sense. Thanks.
     
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    wow, thanks for the vid! that is a super stunning tank!
     
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