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  1. Neef

    Neef

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    Greetings to all,
    Started my 4ft marine tank about 4 years ago. Still learning all the "tricks of the trade". I am now looking at upgrading to a bigger tank and more into a coral reef type and would accept any advice with open arms.:)
     
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  3. crispin

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    hello there Neef, great to have you join MASA:)

    why not share some of the tricks youve learnt over the past 4 years I am sure you ahve lo9ts of good advice in that time.

    what do you have in your 4 foot at the moment? can you give us arun down on what you ahve with regards to equipoment and LS so we can see if there is anything you may need to tweak for a mixed reef set up?

    welcome and happy postings:)
     
  4. martin

    martin Reef Adict

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    Hi Neef and WELCOME
    Please post pics and give details of your system - we all love pics.
     
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    Welcome to masa!!! Oh and before I forget.... PICS,PICS,PICS!!!
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Welcome to MASA…...:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome neef
     
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    Welcome Neef, let the pic's roll!!!
     
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    Welcome Welcome.. PICS!

    you will learn MASA like their pics :D
     
  12. Neef

    Neef Thread Starter

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    Hi all, more info on my setup

    Thank you all for the warm welcome...

    Bought a tank with a beginner starter kit. Ran it until it matured, adding one or two live rock per month. Just to have the tank burst after 8 months. The tank was replaced with a new one and the process had to be started from scratch. After a few months and having the tank up and running again I lost all my fish to sickness. The sickness was caused by a sick fish from a pet shop, as I did not have sufficient knowledge at that stage to recognise a sick fish. I left the tank 3 months and started adding fish again, by this stage having more knowledge, i haven't lost a fish since.

    Currently I am using a WEIPRO SA-2012 Protein skimmer, two ocean sun 10,000k white globes, two ACTINIC blue globes. I recently added a vibration power head for more water movement inside the tank and from sump to tank a 2500l/h pump(which I think is too small, advise me please on this) water quantity +/-350 litres and 2x 200w heaters, cooling the tank by means of a fan over the top of the tank.

    Looking to upgrading to a metal halide lamp and to get myself a R.O. watermaker and a 150l storage tank. At the moment only four fishes(Emperor Angelfish, African clown, blue damsel fish and a pajama cardinal) and 2 cleaner shrimps. :lol:

    I posted a picture of my tank, if you look at it, you will see that i have a excessive amount of red algae in my tank, is this normal or am i doing something wrong?
    I still consider myself a novice and will appreciate any kind of advice.

    Looking forward to all your replies......

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  13. durleo

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    Hey there lovely tank !

    I would look to change the substrate slowly to aragonite or reggies playsand that is washed properly - the problem with the crushed coral is that detritus settles in it and causes nutrient problems . That red algae is cyno bacteria and could either be flow related or nutrients that it is using up - When you do water changes vacuum as much as possible ! Maybe you should look at adding a wavemaker - check the classifies cos i think someone might be selling one - i think it was suhayle on *************.
    A wavemaker will give you random flow and might stop ur cyno problem. Temperature stability also could be causing it.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome..
     
  15. Tony

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    Hello and welcome
     
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    Welcome to MASA...
     
  17. Neef

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    Thanks for the reply,

    To be honnest, i did have a problem with water temp. stability, until i added the fan to blow the heat of the lights away. Now the water temp. stays between 24.5 and 25 degrees celcuis day and night. I vacuum my substrate once a week and do a 10% salt change twice a month. I am also looking into a wave maker. By doing all of this correctly, will the cyno bacteria go away by itself or is there something that i have to do extra?
    I did notice a slow down in growth of the cyno bacteria since i managed to minimize the water temp. fluctuation.
     
  18. durleo

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    Yeah - it could have been temp fluctuations - Increasing flow will certainly help ur corals aswell -:thumbup:
     
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    whats your opinion on that skimmer u have?
    r u happy with it?
     
  20. Neef

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    Hi there

    So far i haven't had any problems with it, but as i am moving into more a reef type setup, I will be looking out for something better.
     
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    Hi Neef - A very WARM (and belated) WELCOME to MASA! Great to have you on-board!

    I would definitely suggest going for a needle-wheel or pin-wheel type skimmer (a skimmer that is driven by pumps that has one of the 2 types of impellers)..... These are the most efficient, and will remove a LOT more crap (POC's/DOC') from the water.

    Also - can you perhaps tell us what your water topup and water change regime is like?

    How much and how often do you feed your fish?
     
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