brett's first nano marine tank

Discussion in 'Nano Tanks' started by brettb2020, 16 Mar 2009.

  1. brettb2020

    brettb2020

    Joined:
    1 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    715
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Amanzimtoti
    it was about six weeks ago when i bought my tank and signed up to masa where i got most my help with starting up:) the tank has now cycled and i added 2 ocellaris clowns which iv had for a week which are doing great, except for one bullying the other, anyways.. thats in another thread.

    just a recap of my tank: 120l jebo with a tetratec canister filter on my diy stand:)

    i apgraded and added a few things:
    - i got 2 x 24w T5's which made a huge difference in lighting. while adding these i made space for 2 more T5's which i probably will add when i start adding corals
    - put fans in the hood to get rid of the heat from the T5's
    - added a diy algae scrubber which seems to be working great.
    - a diy auto top off unit.
    - a ups
    - control box to control the auto top off unit, to monitor the levels of the algae scrubber as to not flood my lounge, control the fans and ups.
    - added a sunsun 3000lph flow pump with ceramic shaft (heard the "stainless steel" is not so stainless) it works well.
    - a piece of bio rock :), more LR coming.

    its running skimmerless at the moment and all parameters are perfect sofar with 15% weekly water changes. i am contemplating in the future to add a sump which means il have to get rid of my canister filter and ATS or move the ATS to the sump as i have no space. will just see how this setup goes for now:)

    would the top space in cabinet be big enough for the sump?

    thanks for all the help sofar!

    just thought id give an update of my tank and a few pics:):

    this pic is without the sunsun flow pump, just a pump which i tee'd off
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    14 Dec 2008
    Posts:
    16,771
    Likes Received:
    582
    Location:
    Sandton
    looking great sofar!!!
     
  4. brettb2020

    brettb2020 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    1 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    715
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Amanzimtoti
    thanks dallas :thumbup:
     
  5. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    8 May 2007
    Posts:
    24,229
    Likes Received:
    127
    Location:
    Point Waterfront Durban
    Coming along nice Brett!
     
  6. jacquesb

    jacquesb Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    29 May 2007
    Posts:
    17,868
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    Cape Town
    WOW Brett! Nice START man!
     
  7. Warr7207

    Warr7207

    Joined:
    28 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,781
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    JHB
    Well done on a great start. I see the coralline is already growing on the BioRock.

    Wouldn't worry too much about the clowns, once one of them has dominance then she is the girl, and the the whipped one is the boy ;)

    Have you thought of getting the little clowns a coral to host in ?

    Maybe a pincushion soft leather coral.
     
  8. brettb2020

    brettb2020 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    1 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    715
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Amanzimtoti
    oh right! is that how clowns do it! haha thanks for that interesting bit of info :thumbup:

    yes il definately be getting a coral them asap :) was looking at that too. would 2 x 24w T5's be enough light for it?
     
  9. Warr7207

    Warr7207

    Joined:
    28 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,781
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    JHB
    Perfect ;)
     
  10. scubaninja

    scubaninja

    Joined:
    20 Jul 2008
    Posts:
    6,739
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Durban
    Nice looking tank brett, one worry is your UPS right below water? asking for trouble:( but it does look well done
     
  11. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    looking great there brett, strange decision to start off skimmerless from the beginning, any specific reason for that?
     
  12. scubaninja

    scubaninja

    Joined:
    20 Jul 2008
    Posts:
    6,739
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Durban
    maybe a frogspawn or something along those lines, clowns tend to rub pretty vigorously and may stress the leather out. Not saying they wont, it is up to them, but IMO a euphylia of sorts would look more like a nennie:)
     
  13. brettb2020

    brettb2020 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    1 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    715
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Amanzimtoti
    you are right, it stressed me out. its just the top off storage tank though so it cant really fill up and over flow on its own. but ya it was still asking for touble. i couldnt find a long thin container to fit on the top shelf though, busy building one at the moment though:) that tank isnt there anymore though.

    well.. before starting marine and doing all the research i find that it is possible to go skimmerless and looking at my limited space i decided to have no skimmer. i will see how it goes for now. if i do need a skimmer eventually il probably build my own:)

    thanks for the info:) il definately take that into consideration :thumbup: still researching and learning about corals before i add though:)
     
  14. scubaninja

    scubaninja

    Joined:
    20 Jul 2008
    Posts:
    6,739
    Likes Received:
    21
    Location:
    Durban
    what you could do for the ups is have a water proof cover over it so that in the event of water coming close it only drips over it or somethin of the sort. may be a good easy fix.
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
  15. brettb2020

    brettb2020 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    1 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    715
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Amanzimtoti
    good idea but i think a cover over it would cause it to over heat. ive started on the other tank already though :) thanks though:thumbup:
     
  16. Warr7207

    Warr7207

    Joined:
    28 Dec 2007
    Posts:
    12,781
    Likes Received:
    31
    Location:
    JHB
    I wouldn't suggest LPS as hosts for clowns, their rubbing can actually cause tissue recession, remember LPS have a hard skeleton under their flesh.

    I have personally had two LPS been killed by my clowns.

    Great thing with softies is they don't have a skeleton :)
     
  17. Rob Clarke

    Rob Clarke Scarlet Hawk

    Joined:
    11 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    282
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Midlands, England
    Well done mate nice and neat:thumbup:
     
  18. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    9,482
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    A Beautiful place!
    Looks great Brett :)

    From my side, monitor water parameters very closely seeing that you don't have a skimmer. Don't buy an anemone before your tank hasn't matured at least 9 months.
    Ditto to what Warr said about LPS corals.

    :wave2:
     
  19. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    bump
     
  20. brettb2020

    brettb2020 Thread Starter

    Joined:
    1 Feb 2009
    Posts:
    715
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Amanzimtoti
    ya i have been monitoring closely:) seems to be going fine for now:thumbup: and about the LPS i read that forum of yours. (i think it was yours) about waiting 9 months so not going there yet:). but iv got no idea what to get because there are so many different factors to consider, battling to remember the names of them! lol they're confusing.
    thanks :)
    lol crispin:) i posted a reply to your Q a few posts up:thumbup:
     
  21. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    lol sorry fella i missed the reply in the multi quote. speed reading again lol.

    thats a very interesting decision in that there is space for a scrubber but not skimmer and the debate with one or the other has been going around masa a while now. I was just curious to see what you based the idea on. with space being the primary concern here i would have thought a skimmer would take up less space, assuming that it doesnt HAVE to be inline in its own compartment.

    good to know you enjoy diy and that building your own is an option, from what i gather they arent the easiest things to get working effectivley from diy.
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - brett's nano marine Forum Date
Brett's 750 l Large Tanks 11 Oct 2014
Brett's minimalist shallow reef Medium Tanks 21 Mar 2013
Brett's automated reef uncategorised 9 Jun 2010
New Acrylic Nano Nano Tanks 28 Oct 2016
Nano Dewd Nano Tanks 28 Oct 2016
[wtd] Ogles Mesoscope or Nanoscope Wanted 10 Oct 2016
Nathan's AMW37 Nano Nano Tanks 4 Oct 2016