Boegie's learning reef tank

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  1. Boegie

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    This is a thread of my first tank ever in marines. Started September last year. Wanted to start a thread of my setup for a while now but did not know on which forum. I like MASA becuase everyone is very friendly and helpful.

    It's a 250 litre mixed reef tank with sump. Will post more details as I go along. And of course ask many questions because I still have so much to learn.

    Some pics to follow on next post.
     
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    About 3 months after cycling. Notice the diy rock I made. Removed some lately as it did not look so natural.

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    Then I decided to make different rock and after it cured, this is how the tank looked. Not the way it looks today:

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    What do you guys think of this rock I made:

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    Looks cool Boegie. i like the caves. What did you use to make it?
     
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    caves look cool,but its goin to trap detritus
     
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    Thanks Lewellyn.

    3 parts white cement
    6 parts pool salt
    2 parts pool filter sand

    Leave for 48 hours to dry, cure for 5 weeks in fresh water, then 1 week in sea water while testing Ph. That's if you got a big enough container. Takes longer is not.
     
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    Thanks Maj.

    When I do a water change, I normally ctuck the pipe into the caves to suck detrius. I also bought a Orange Spotted Blenny a few weeks ago that keeps the substrate lekker clean.
     
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    I think I'm gonna go that route but instead use crushed coral substrate.
     
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    This is how I made it. Check out the coke plastic bottles used. I used wet newspaper for the caves. When dry, its easy to remove.

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    Also read that a person can use macaroni in the mix. It leaves space in rock when it disolve.
     
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    Looking good but id get the hydrometer out of the tank, algae and stuff grows on the needle making it inacurate,
     
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    Great stuff Boegie. Do you have pics of your sump?
     
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    New bigger sump I designed about 3 months ago. Sorry you can't see skimmer on left. Got a little bit of cheato in that container in the refugium. Grown quite nice since.


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    Why is there a partition in the centre?
     
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    I wanted a dedicated refugium. But I am thinking of making it a DSB as well. Maybe a removable DSB. A different DSB with different substrate for different creatures.
     
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    nice boet, i need to take some lessons about the rock as i want to build my own in future..
     
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    The Last partition before your return pump should be lower so that you have better flow over DSB and Refuge.
     
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    Thanks Leslie. Want to come visit you. Heard you perhaps got some eggcrate?
     
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