Excited New Reefer

Discussion in 'New Members' started by RayZor007, 10 Oct 2016.

  1. RayZor007

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    Hi All,
    About two months ago I build my own DIY tank and stand. It has been such a great experience and my Reef tank has been running for around 5 weeks now. I added some Cleaning crew (Two cleaner shrimp, 5 snails and 6 crabs) as well as two Clown fish and 5 green Chromis. Tank is running beautifully and seeing all the hard work paying off is great.

    I would like to know what other community fish is ideal for a Reef tank, but not complicated to care for. I also want to know when I can start adding a few corals to the tank? Must a start with some coral frags?

    It is a 240 liter tank, sump at the bottom with skimmer. Also got wave maker and LED lights installed.

    Some beginners advice will be highly appreciated.
     
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  3. Jacojs

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    Welcome @RayZor007

    Did you add everything mentioned above on the same day? How long have the fish been in the tank?
     
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    Hi, no I added the cleaner crew middle of week 3, two clowns on week 4 and the 5x Chromis yesterday.
     
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    Great start!

    Why don't you post some photos of your tank and your setup? With regards to what community fish you can add and stocking levels, I am sure you will get answers soon. I cannot really give you advise on that.

    Again welcome to MASA, some great people here!
     
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    Welcome to the forum! You're off to a great start
     
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    masahello

    Good looking tank:thumbup:. Nice size. I like the polkadot skimmer stand:lol:.
     
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    Welcome, love the tank.

    Sent from the Edge
     
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    @RayZor007 thats a very nice looking tank! What lights are you using?

    Just a concern, the valve on your return pump line, is that metal? If it is it will rust and could cause problems later on, also (and someone can correct me if I am wrong) its not good to have a valve restricting the outflow on a pump or is it the intake :confused1: one of the 2 reduces the life of the pump. I have read this somewhere but am not experienced in his and cant remember which is preferred.
     
  12. RayZor007

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    Good Morning,
    Thank you for the feedback. Yes, the valve is metal but I will now find something plastic to avoid the rust issue later on.
    The reason I restrict the flow of the return pump is because it is faster than the overflow - I was told by the guy I bought it from that the valve should be ok.
    I also read a couple of forums on the Net, but there is no clear answer if it is good or bad for the pump.
    If anyone can give me some advise on how to fix this please.
     
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    Hi @RayZor007 tank is looking good where are you located I have a spare valve for you
     
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    Morning Barry,
    I am in Kempton Park. Thank you, I might also have a valve at home and will check tonight. If not I will message you tomorrow.
     
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    Welcome and very nice setup by the way.
     
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    Great looking setup. Nice and neat
     
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    yes a nice setup.
    why do you have the skimmer lifted?
    skimming to wet?
     
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    Hi Wrassekid, thank you for the feedback
    Yes, the skimmer was filling with water all the time even on the lowest setting - I lifted and it seems to be ok now. Not ideal, but made a plan.
     
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    What is the current depth of the water after lifting the skimmer? I always read that Bubble magus works best in 25cm of water but in reality most people say 19cm?

    Sent from my SM-G900F using Tapatalk
     
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    My Bubble Magus sits in 20cm and works like a bomb
     
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    Mine sits at 20 cm and works like a bomb
     
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