Durleo's 6ft Reef

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  1. durleo

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    [​IMG]Hi guys I have just purchased a beautiful secondhand tank -
    It is 6ft long and 750lts to fill:)
    It has always been a dream to own a marine tank and it has finally come true.

    It was quiet unfortunate why the old owner sold it.
    His house was fumigated and all his fish and coral died.
    He converted it to a freshwater tank and had an oscar in it.

    The tank came with 2 x Metal Halide 150w
    4 x marineglo
    4 x powerglo bulbs.
    2 x Jebo skimmers which I have since replaced with a Reef Octopus Orca 100 skimmer
    He gave me alot of rock and coral heads
    Bio Balls
    3 x atlas powerheads

    I have begun setting up the tank and cycling it 3 days ago.
    I have put an aragonite base
    playsand for the DSB (15cm)
    18kg Live Rock to supplement the old dead rock
    I am gonna need alotta help as I go along guys
    I have already read alot of useful tips from the forums and its nice to see how you guys help each other out.

    Here are some pics I have taken.
    Regards
    Duran
     
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  3. Manic

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    Sounds good, except for the bio balls, i wouldn't use these. Do you know the kelvin rating of all the globes you have. If I remember correctly the powerglo tubes are 4200K, which would make your water look a bit yellow.

    Can't see any pics.
     
  4. durleo

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    Hi sorry i had to edit the post again
     
  5. riyadhessa

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    durleo...Welcome to MASA...
     
  6. Prodigy

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    Welcome to MASA looks like a good start to your marine world!!!
     
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    Welcome welcome - thats a very nice size tank and neat as hell! Well done.

    It is a contentious issue, but current wisdom is that the Bio balls are great for Koi, not for reef as they trap detritus and can cause nitrate buildup - so may be best for use when practicing golf.
     
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    Nice tank! Looks great and good luck!
    :1:
     
  9. Jaak

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    Welcome to MASA!!

    I agree with Manic, don't use the bioballs in a marine setup. Another thing, try and get some better powerheads in the furture. You want to ideally create more dispersed wider flow, those powerheads you have there just pumps water out in a strong jet and will cause havoc. Try to get your hands on sunsun as they're not expensive, then there are many other units on the market also. Go have a look at your lfs..
     
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    Powerheads

    I want to get better powerheads - probably the seio pumps - maybe 2 x m1500 and 1x m1100

    I will probably put them in when I start putting livestock.
    They are pretty expensive , I was also looking for anybody selling secondhand.
     
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    I will remove the bio-balls and slowly substitute with live rock -
     
  12. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hi Durleo,

    welcome to MASA

    you have a lovely tank with awesome potential.

    good luck with your marine journey !
     
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    lets think about this logically....was this rock used after the accident for the oscar or was it simply dumped or stored ?

    if it was stored then i would rather not use this for my expensive and delicate reef tank as the nasties from the fumigation could be waiting deep in the rock to be leeched out a few months later?

    maybe cooking the rock is in order...
    you could even find a secluded rock pool to place it in the ocean and let it get live and the ocean will cleanse it of any nasties there and recover few months later...just an idea...
     
  14. durleo

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    No the rock was used in the oscar tank for about a year. So i think it is pretty safe to use now.
     
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    I would suggest looking into a closed loop system (CLS) rather than the powerheads. One major reason for me saying so, is that you already run MH lights (heat) and powerheads really adds unnecessary temperature to the water. CLS is also more flexible wrt tweaking the flow a little bit here and a littlebit there, and because you have the pumps outside the tank, your Display looks MUCH better, and it is just much easier to replace a pump.Think about it...
     
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    My personal opnion,cook the rock first, get a rockpool to dump it in,if you can get a quite pool,otherwise ppl might steal it,and then you place it inside your tank. The best advice i can give you is to take things slowly with the tank,i take it's your first marine, I've been busy for about four years,made a lot of mistakes,lost a tank,but i recently started again with a new tank,about 6 months now,and i only started to add corals now. o ja, take a lot of time on nemmies
     
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    Looking good so far!
    I would suggest moving your rock work away from the glass to allow better circulation and minimal detritus settlement :)
     
  18. Falcon

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    oh then i'm sure its fine,welcome to the club:)
     
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    Welcome.....
     
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    Hello and welcome. Looking good so far
     
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    firstly welcometomasa
    looking good so far Durleo:) nice size tank.take lots of picks along the way and dont be shy to share them with us:lol: we all love picks here on massa.
    looks like you off to a good start...good luck:thumbup:
     
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