Frag tank

Discussion in 'Frag Tanks' started by Shaunr464, 7 Jun 2016.

  1. Shaunr464

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    Hi guys
    Decided to start a frag tank in garage
    Got the tank up and running
    Still need to mount lights
    And sort out wiring
    Tank size 2000× 500x 350
    Sump 1000 x 500x500
     
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    Need advice on filteration for frag tanks

    Do i still need the tank to cycle
    I have used about 400lts of old tank water
     
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    Tank

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    So filtration needs for a frag tank are the same as your full reef tank, it needs the same flow, good lighting and decent water quality.
    Obviously because of the water level the lighting can be a bit subdued because it doesn't have to reach the bottom of a 600 deep tank.

    Very nice setup, i can't wait to do this one day.
     
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    Thanks Camel
    In my main tank i have about 100kgs live rock to help with filteration

    So should i get live rock in frag as well
    Or some other methods like bio balls ...etc
    Currently just have skimmer and return pump on new frag tank
     
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    I also read that some corals need the bio load from fish....so i might add some tangs to this tank in future
    My current plan is to use the water from main tank in the frag tank whenever i do water changes
     
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    Six line wrasse to help maintain pests. Some other wrasses as well. But then you would need substrate.

    If keeping fish I would add extra piece of euro bracing at the short ends. To help limit jumping.

    Flow pumps, rather less powerful pumps but more units. If you got substrate you do not want to blow it around.
     
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    A good method is Orca bio-cubes, check out @Hails and @butcherman L-shaped frag tank, just skimmer, bio-cubes and some other offerings from Orca, such as reef x-trax cubes, good lighting and good water movement.
    They also never do water changes. but each to their own.

    They get fantastic coloration on corals in the frag tank, i don't recall seeing liverock in the sump.

    They do keep one or two fish, but i've also seen fishless sps systems with thriving corals, so i think the "corals need fish waste" is a bit of a myth, my opinion.
     
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    When you do water changes on your main system, say for example 100L. Then you drain first 100L from the frag setup. Drain 100L from main system into frag system. Then you fill the main with the freshly mixed salt water
     
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    Hi Riaan thats exactly what i was planning
    Currently not doing any water changes on main tank , just dosing and odd top ups wud salt mix
    Will have to start doin more regular water changes to feed into frag tank...

    @ Camel also agree with sps and ultra low nutrient system...will have to check growth and mayb change later.....
     
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    And where do you park the car ?
     
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    Car parks outside....:whistling:
    Tried really hard to convince wife to put frag tank in the house.....didnt work
    1 tank was enough for her
    So the garage was last option

    Have a carport for car
     
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    Poor car tank looks very nice so far good job there , i like that chiller very nice sump to.
     
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    Thanks
    My wife on the verge of moving my things into the garage as well.....cause i spend more time in there than in the house:cheers2:
     
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    This coral was almost dead ,
    Just 1 head was still alive, it recovered nicely under metal halide

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    metal halide will never get old looks like I want to add one to my office tank . Well it is connected I just have to mount it . Good job with saving the coral..... they say save a reef grow your own .
     
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