Frank the Tank got connected

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  1. Frankthetank

    Frankthetank Franco

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    Hi Everyone

    I have been interested in this hobby for many years only recently (2005) got the opportunity to start out with a freshwater tank. Quickly got fed up with the freshwater fish and their lack of energy. At the end of 2005 I started with my reef tank I have been researching this hobby ever since. Only this year discovered Moolis and he is my LFS at this point.

    I joint MASA to learn some more and ask some advice from you guys. Since your tanks way better than mine at this stage!

    Looking forward to interact and share experiences.

    Keep the Passion

    Cheers
     
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  3. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Welcome to MASA Frank, glad you found us, how are you getting on so far?
     
  4. Jaak

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    Welcome to MASA Frankthetank!!
     
  5. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum Frank.

    Tell us some more about your tank, what size is it, what livestock have you got etc.?
     
  6. MASA Admin

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    Hello Frankthetank, welcome aboard. Enjoy your visits.
     
  7. crispin

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    welcome frank, nice of you to join us:)

    let us know a little about your reef, sharing is caring after all:)
     
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    Welcome to Masa Frank, don't be shy with them pictures now...:whistling:
     
  9. Andreas

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    Welcome FRANK. As Tobes said we all love to see pics:)
     
  10. Moolis Moolman

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    Welcome to this forum Fank.

    Enjoy the reading and come and have a look at the new stock. It landed STUNNING:slayer:
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA FrankTheTank! Awesome to have you on-board!
    Thanks for joining us....

    Please share more information on what you are planning? What tank/s do you have already? What have you read/learnt so far?

    Have a read through our other "New Members" threads..... many of your questions there will be answered....

    Good luck on your new journey into the life-changing world keeping marines!
     
  12. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    hi and welcome
     
  13. Mekaeel

    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome :)
     
  14. ml

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    HAY
    :wave2:Frank why don't you show us your tank at this moment?
    Before I forget welcome
     
  15. Frankthetank

    Frankthetank Thread Starter Franco

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    Well had a pretty eventful Wednesday, Moved from Hatfield to Centurion (Eco-Park) and of coarse the tank had to be moved as well.

    Not 100% sure dimensions but including sump about 260 Litres.

    2 X Anemone (Malu, Purple tip)
    4 X Clown (2 X Maroon clowns, 2 X Clarki I think They are Black and Yellow fins)
    2 X Hermit Crab (Blue, Red)
    And a bristle worm or two (did not get stung luckily)

    And some inefficient lighting 2 X T5’s Blue and white.

    Took about 4 Hours to do.

    Problems:

    Could not get the Clowns out of the Anemone for at least 30 min and the anemone did not want to be moved sucked like crazy (and no I did not forcefully remove it before you ask, just used a powerhead I know that the my Malu does not like current to be to strong).

    The Container I purchased couldn’t seal tightly enough so car drank some sea water :)

    Separately the Tank. Stand, water and LR are heavy and I’m not

    The container I got could only take about a third of my original water.

    I Got to the new Place.

    Water Quality is K@K, probability of high phosphates I think.
    Had to in a hurry make some sea water. By this time 20:30 I was tired of moving!
    Any way made the water let it marinate for a hour and a half, pumped it into the tank.
    Water was milky (Salt didn’t dissolve/ Tap water quality). Hooked up my filtration, put sand back (luckily a lot to get the “good” bacteria back), Put the Liverock back.

    Stressed like crazy, the Malu didn’t like the new water at all thought at one stage its not going to make it. Eventually at 11 went to bed and left the tanks light and pump on.

    To rap up this morning the Water was clear all live stock Happy and Open (Anemones)
    Thank goodness for the LS and LR and Old water.

    Which brings me to a Question?
    Why is everyone against Ceramic rings and bio balls? I had them since I can remember never had real problems?

    Anyway thanks for the Posts!
    Regards
    Franco
     
  16. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Hi Franco, they accumulate detritis and cause nitrate problems later on, the same with too coarse substrate (crushed coral). Uneaten food and fish poo settles in it.
    A deep sand bed is much better as it "consumes" nitrates and provide a shelter for pods to grow and a place where you can grow algae etc
     
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    Frankthetank Thread Starter Franco

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    DSB in the tank or sump

    I have a DSB in my sump, i was wondering what your opinion is on the main display tank. since i found that my clowns rearage it everyday which stir up nitrates?
     
  18. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Stir up nitrates? Not sure what you mean here :p
     
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    Frankthetank Thread Starter Franco

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    As I understand it Nitrates settle most in the conners of the tank in the substrate close to the glass. if the substrate get moved (in my case by the clowns) these nitrates get released into the water? Or am i totaly Lost?
     
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    Close enough i think, the nitrates are caused by detritus and uneaten food settling in the substrate or rockwork, these give off nitrates as they decay.
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Detritis(uneaten food & fish poo) settles in low flow areas, in coarse substrate, bio-balls, etc and when they decompose, they get coverted into pneumonia which gets converted into nitrites and that into nitrates - which is bad for your corals.
    I hope I passed the science class :p
     
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