Bullet's marine tank

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  1. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Bullet asked me to post his pics on his behalf - I also took the liberty to start a thread on his tank. If you want to change the name of the thread, ask one of the mods to help ;)

    This was his message:

    "Hi Tobes,

    Herewith the pictures showing where I stand with my first marine tank. I would appreciate your comments on the setup. I am busy making the cover under which I will have four T5 tubes.

    I am hoping to get it up and running during the course of next week.

    Really appreciate you helping me to get the pictures posted.

    Cheers,keep well.

    Bullett"

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  3. Tobes

    Tobes Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    I will start by saying that your DSB area is wrong. It needs to be a big as possible and the sand needs to be 15cm deep. Make bigger (longer and higher) glass partitions and use the full width of the sump, spacing them as close to the skimmer as possible and leave an area for the return pump on the opposite side.
     
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    I must agree.
    Move the glass of the dsb close to the return pump and place the scimmer pump with the scimmer.
    At the inlet chamber you can plase bio balls.
    Regards.
     
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    Tobes Thread Starter Retired Moderator

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    I disagree, no bio-balls - they cause high nitrates as they cannot convert nitrates into nitrogen like a DSB.
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    Break out the right piece of glass and add sand. Place your pump on top of this tom maximise the size of the DSB. I'm with the guys on the placement of the skimmer pump
     
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    Thank's guys,

    So basically,the only real change to be made is to make the DSB bigger and deeper,right?

    Regards
    Bullett
     
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    With the changes to be made,I would then have to place my skimmer pump on top of the DSB?
     
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    Bullet just one thing if you do not mind...your metal stand give it a paint...
     
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    Yup i agree. But the sponge and bio balls will have to come out "GRADUALY" and in stages to prevent ammonia and nitrite spikes. Normally this is after your system has cycled thoroughly, 3 to 4 months, and the anaerobic (DSB) is now only starting to reduce nitrates.

    Also it looks like the return pump is higher than the the glass divider of the DSB. If this is so then in order to keep the return pump submerged the water level will be higher than the glass divider. This will cause the water to flow right over the top of the DSB and the oxygen levels will be very much reduced at the gravel surface.
     
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    No. Will the skimmer pump not fit in the same compartment as the skimmer?
     
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    Hi all,

    At the moment there isn't enough space for the skimmer pump to fit in the same area as the skimmer!
    The return pump is below the top of the DSB panels.

    Will get to paint the "back" of the stand.Nobody can see that part when it is against the wall;)

    What will be the main advantage of enlarging the DSB?


    Regards
    Bullett
     
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    Sorry @Bullett you have plenty space. Lift the skimmer and place the pump underneath. :thumbup:


    Oh and by lifting the skimmer higher out the water you will get a better air flow.
     
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    Ok cool,thank's
     
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    Bullet you are right nobody can see it, but it will eventually rust...;)
     
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    Great advice...;)
     
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    Yip,I know,Riyhaad

    Will get some anti rust solution from work (Plascon Paints) tomorrow, prime the areas and coat them.

    Once the water has dropped into the sump,at what level will it remain at? Does the water stay at the same height as the top level of the DSB panels prior to being pumped back up to the DT?

    Beginner questions I know,but want to understand this thing 100%

    Regards
    Bullett
     
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    The first two chambers will more or less be on the same level, depending if your dsb's baffles are the same height. The last chamber, where your return pump will be, should fluctuate as your water evaporates. Makes sense? If not, come have a look at mine as discussed.
     
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    once you get the sump sorted its gonna be a stunner man , i think it has alot of potential, good lucky man and keep the pics comming
     
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    Hello

    How is that black compartment in the Display working. It got Bio Balls and two hugh openings in front. How is the flow through that? Or suppose to work?

    I would re-claim that real estate for the fish, if you could.
     
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    Bullett just use hammerite and paint over the rust. Its great stuff but very expensive. Worth every cent!
     
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