Fire's 260 litre tank

Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by Starfire, 19 Jul 2015.

  1. Starfire

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    I have had 2 tanks in the last 3 months and I am seriously hooked. I started with the nuvo 16 gallon then upgraded to a boyu tl550 that was a great tank and now I have done it again. I have been working tirelessly to get the tank up and running for the last two weeks. Was a running tank but a bit neglected and we were able to move it with in two hours form one house to the other. This is how it looked before.

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    It was quite a job to relocate the tank but with a bit of sweat and tears it was done. The dimensions are 900mm x 600mm x 500mm with a 100 litre sump and a 60 litre top-up tank that is not running yet.
    I was able to buy a KEY K4-100-SE LED unit and aAquaria APS - 08 - E2000-CI-S skimmer second hand. to add to the system.

    I am going to create a refugium area in the sump for my tank and so after some tinkering and moving of rocks and adding aragonite and relocating my little friends and the live rock from the tl550 to the new tank. I got rid of the one enormous piece of live rock that weighed in at 17kg and after moving things around this is how it looks so far.

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    The inhabitants so far consists of:
    2 - percula clowns
    4 - hermits
    1 - 6 line wrasse
    1 - exquisite fairy wrasse
    1 - lawnmower blenny
    1 - dwarf bicolor angel
    3 - skunk cleaner shrimps
    1 - porcelain crab
    1 - nassarius snail
    1 - sea urchin

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    Oh yes and this is the second time that the shrimps are carrying eggs. The first time round she released the shrimplets and the fish made short work of them. Want to try and save some of them this time round. Look at all those eggs.

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    I just want to share something I thought about while watching the fish and maybe most of you have been in this hobby for very long time probably don't think about it like us noobs but I have been a "ocean" fan al my life. I have probably seen every documentary of the ocean there is and I still remember the first time I saw "The undersea world of Jacques Cousteau" and from there I was hooked on all things living in the ocean. I have tried this hobby before and failed miserably. This time round with a lot of reading and seeing what some of you accomplished, Now I sit in front of my tank and I think to my self that I am staring at and feeding creatures that I used to see on television that lives deep in the ocean far away from me. Right in my living room....Simply Awesome....
     
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  3. darkmold

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    Very nice. Like your bi-color angel.
     
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    If I may ask, why do have the heater in the tank when you have a sump?
    What Tunze pump is that?
     
  5. Starfire

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    Hi, sump is not running 100% yet. The flow pump is a Tunze 6045.
     
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    Thanx, I inherited him with the tank. Beautiful fish but I can't get him to eat and reading about him I hope he does not nip at my corals.
     
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    Good luck, hope you can get it to eat.
     
  8. Kunhardt

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    lol you change tanks more often than I do a water change! :lol:

    Looking good though...quite a turn around on the system...lets just hope those inherited issues dont crop up again at a later stage on you.

    I would look at putting some black or blue vinyl on that back pane of glass just to finish the tank off. :)
     
  9. Charl_Stanhope

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    Your tank looks awesome! Very nice progress. :m106:

    What have you tried feeding them? I had the same issue with my coral beauty and just stuck to frozen foods for a while - all sorts of them. then started mixing pellets and flakes with my frozen(with a dash of entice) and now all my fish are eating whatever I put in my tank.
     
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    Lol..yah I think I'll stick to this one for now and just work at it, it has gone trough a cycle again but looks small. The small tanks was a nice intro to my new addiction but so many fish and coral to choose from and so little space, seems unfair.
    I still look at your pictures of your tanks and it inspired me to get a slightly bigger tank and try to get a nice enough scape that I can build and develop.
     
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    Thank you, He is starting to eat some frozen foods but I think the shyness is starting to wear off. But he does not eat a whole lot compared to the fairy wrasse that eats as if there is no tomorrow. Someone told me I must take flakes and pellets and dip it in the juice of freshly crushed garlic and that will entice them to eat. Don't know if that is true.
     
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    Small update, zoas is doing well accept for some slimy algae on one colony that I am trying to get rid of:

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    This is a fascinating mushroom and the way it shines under a blue light is amazing:

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    I love the colour of this little guy

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    The new fella in town, still a bit small but he is pecking at the food so that is a good sign.

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    Action shot of the crab on his pedestal feeding

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    The cleaning station....I can watch these guys for hours..

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    Apologies for the quality of the photos, Very disappointed in this z3 compact camera. My S4 pictures was much better..
     
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    For a week old system, it looks good.
     
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    Thank you @RiaanP, not sure if it makes a difference but the system was running for more than a year at the previous owners house and when I moved it I used the filter media and live rock of that system even the water. Was able to move it entirely in 2 hours back up and running with everything as it was. Then I left it like that with no fish to run and settle, dust and what not for a week. All I added was a filter sock to get most of the debree and other stuff out the water. Then I added some substrate as there was none before and I did a thorough scrub down and a 50L water change and it ran another week a then I got rid of the enormous 18Kg piece of live rock and added my TL550's rock with some scaping and the acclimated the fish slowly to the new tank. So it has been just over 3 weeks now.

    Do you think it is still cycling or because it was a mature system less of a cycle period? Do I need to Worry? Thank you
     
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    There might be a small cycle. Check ammonia levels, but after a week on this setup, it should have stabilized.
     
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    Update time, not all good news. Sadly I lost my angel but I will look for another or something similar. Re-arranged some of the rocks and added some new zoas

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    The older zoas are doing well..

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    I have added a Margareta snail and a emerald crab to help combat on-going algae but it does not look to bad and I do a 20% water change every 2 weeks.

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    Got my sump sorted to a fission but I am planning to make it bigger

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    Looks really good. Live the zoas.
     
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    Its been a while but the system is running well.

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    It is doing nicely with the sump and refugium in full swing it is great. Had a few loses not sure why but the current inhabitants are:
    2 pink skunk clown fish
    1 lawnmower blenny
    1 hectors goby
    2 bangai cardinals
    1 Flameback Angelfish
    1 Fiji Blue Devil Damselfish
    1 Six line wrasse
    1 Exquisite Fairy Wrasse

    CUC is:
    4 hermit crabs
    1 turban snail
    1 Arrow crab
    1 Urchin
    1 Porcelain crab and a nassarius snail

    I fear it might not be mine for much longer as I had some bad news and together with 10 other colleagues are being retrenched.. will see what happens but I was busy with two other experiment tanks that will have to go as well.
     
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    shucks , really sorry to hear that, hope all goes well for you . The tank is looking great
     
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    tanks is looking great bud, love the zoas :m106:
     
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    I hope you get another job option soon. Not nice situation to be in so late in the year.
     
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