Frags Wanted

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  1. kssquared

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    Hi all. I am based in the Durban area and have just begun my first reef tank. I am looking for any frags for sale.
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    i guess you starting off with softies and LPS ?
     
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    Yes. Am leaning more towards the softies though.
     
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    might fave a frag of a pincushion for you soon.you welcome to pop around to see if you interested or call me on 0824747299
     
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    What is your set-up - i.e. what type of lighting and water flow... this will tell us what types of coral will be suitable.
     
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    Could throw some star polyps your way. Damn things are gettin' outta hand
     
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    Thanks Mekaeel & Smithers. I would like to take you both up on your offers.
    I have a Boyu TL-550. Approx 130l, with built in filter rated at 720l/h. I have added a powerhead rated at 2400l/h. It comes with 2 compact flourescent type lamps (10000k), with each lamp having one blue and one white tube. It also has a protein skimmer & uv steriliser. I have had it running a little short than a month.
     
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    ok before introducing any livestock please post your water parameters
     
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    OK, do you have any live rock in the tank? Can you describe the "built-in filter", what is inside the filter (filter media...).

    Have you tested your water at all (ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, phosphate, alkalinity...)?

    What bio-load (fish, inverts, etc.) do you currently have in the tank?

    The reason for asking all these questions is that it's a sad fact that most beginners either don't know enough to successfully keep corals, and/or were "trained" completely wrong by the pet shop where they bought their tank and (unsuitable) equipment. So, if we can help to "steer" you in the right direction to successfully keep corals long-term, we would rather do so before any corals are added :)

    Hennie
     
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    Hi Hennie,

    I have approximately 15kg of live rock in the tank. Its physical dimesions are 510Lx570Wx670H(mm). The filter takes up the whole of the back of the tank, and has 4 compartments. In the 1st is some sponges, and a protein skimmer, the 2nd some more sponge, a few bio balls, and 2 socks of ceramic noodles, the 3rd has the heater, and the 4th houses the pump & a uv steriliser.

    I went to the fish shops today, and they tested nitrates = 0, phosphates were present but at an acceptable level, salinity was good.

    I introduced today, 2 turban snails ??, 1 cleaner shrimp, 1 humpback shrimp. I also put in a damsel, a clown fish & a foxface. Amongst the live rock I found a small urchin.

    I hope this is all ok. I was not planning on adding anything more for a month or so, but would like to add corals as and when I can.
     
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    how about some pics?
     
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    That's a good start, but unless it's very light and porous I would guess you might need some more... Rather than go by weight, I prefer to talk volume - you will ultimately want about 30% - 50% of your tank's volume to be LR (could be less if you have a deep sand bed (DSB) and/or a refugium...)

    I thought so... and you most likely had to pay good money for the bio balls, ceramic noodles and UV steriliser :( This filtration system would be OK for a fish-only set-up, but in the long run the sponges, bio-balls and ceramic noodles will only result in an elevated nitrate level, which will cause unnecessary nuisance algae problems, and which is also detrimental to your coral's health.

    Did they give you the actual reading of the phosphate, and define what they consider to be "acceptable" and "good"? And did they (or you...) test for ammonia and nitrites. With a "0" nitrate reading I would suspect that the tank is still cycling, and that you could still have ammonium and/or nitrites. Having added the fish, etc. today, I would also advise that you continue to do daily ammonium and nitrite tests until you have "0" readings for both these parameters for at least one week.

    Apologies for side-tracking your post, but it is important get the filtration right before adding any delicate life-forms.

    Hennie
     
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    Not to worry, and thanks for the input. Unfortunately I did not get the actual readings.
     
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    Reef Maniac, do you have a suggestion with what to replace the bio balls etc with ?
     
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    Yes, with NOTHING :)

    Your live rock and live sand are your filtration - you don't want, or need, anything else except for a decent skimmer, and perhaps a refugium.

    Here are some interesting articles, if the links still work...

    Live Rock As A Biological Filter: Hit or Myth? by Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D.. - Reefkeeping.com
    Down the Drain, Exports from Reef Aquaria by Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D. - Reefkeeping.com
    How Sandbeds REALLY Work by Ronald L. Shimek, Ph.D. - Reefkeeping.com
    Water Changes in Reef Aquaria by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com
    Skimming Basics 101: Understanding Your Skimmer by Frank Marini, Ph.D. - Reefkeeping.com
    What is Skimming? by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

    Hennie
     
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    Thanks Hennie some great links there:thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for the links !!
     
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