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  1. Gummi Bear

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    Hi all i'm new here and need lot of help setting up my tank.
    Good Day Ladies and Gents.

    Name is Moe, New to this wonderful form and new to life under the sea,

    Coming from the world of normal tropical tanks, into marine,

    I have recently bought a tank but have no Idea of some of the equipment I bought, the tank is empty with and need help setting it up as this is all new to me,

    My tank is a normal 4ft tank with overflow leading into the sump, The sump uses normal filter material no DSB,

    Pics are below, of the tank and the sump, help need in connection and everything please








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    Welcome to MASA
    what area are you in ? maybe some one can come give you a hand the people here are very helpfull
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA Moe. Have you done any reaserch into marine and reefkeeping?
    Any idea on what you want to keep?
     
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    Welcome to the marine world moe, nice setup u have, make sure the water is RO water and get somthin to emasure salinity with, then chuck in some marine salt to start your cycling.
    Oh and DSB=good
     
  7. Gummi Bear

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    I am in central JHB, mayfair to be exact, in regards to Marine keeping, I have only kept fish, and wana learn more in reef keeping, only problem is that I am so used to the old equipment as in normal bio filters and nothing fancy, that is the reason I need help in setting my current setup, At the moment the sump has normal filter media, I do have a phosphate reactor but not sure if it is needed,
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    dose not look like there is enough space for a DSB. matbe some macro algea?
     
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    I have a few questions,
    1. In regards to my sump do i have to change to a DSB,
    2. in a few weeks time I all be going down to Durban, margate area, can I collect crushed coral, or beach sand as my Substrate and can I use normal sand rocks from that area
     
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    Firstly WELCOME !!!

    I had exactly the same tank so from my experience , here are a few things to ponder...

    SUMP:

    Remove ALL the internal panes, move the LH one as far left as possible while leaving space for skimmer , heaters etc, move the RH one as far right as possible while leaving space for the return pump. Throw the baffle away. This will give you some space for a DSB

    Before you fill that tank.....please have a strand made to fit inside the cabinet (I cant see one so assuming there is none) those plywood stands are notorious for swelling etc at the slightest touch of moisture...this could lead to all sorts of trouble due to pressure being exerted etc

    Good luck
     
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    @butcher, Yip no space for a DSB, If I use the normal Filter media is that fine for my setup,
     
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    Welcome to MASA, nice to see more reefers joining. Before you start up, please read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank - you'll find a lot of helpful info there ;)
     
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    @FransSny, I should build a Metal stand, at the moment the tank is on the wooden cab, which is has bracing on all 4 sides and in the middle, Hence one of the problems why I cannot get a bigger sump as the middle panel in the way, do you think I should can a stand in case ..

    Can one use a DSB with filter media as in one chamber a dsb and the next filter media

    sorry for the dumb question, but still learning
     
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    ok, tonight I gona clean all the equipment, bio balls everything, (lot cleaning to do)
    in regards to substrate can I use crushed coral picked up near Margate, I saw lot of crushed coral there on my last visit, or should I get normal beach sand as my first layer and then crush coral, please advise
     
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    Angamia, ther is no such thing as a dumb Q in this hobby ...we all learn every day. Really look at a stand, you can then remove that centre partition..giving you more space

    Also those stands are not really strong

    my 2 C
     
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    welcome to MASA!:thumbup:
     
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    HI, Guys

    Does anyone have a contact for stands or to make stands please at good prices
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    some memebers have collected and used beach sand in there Tanks.
    How small would the crushed coral pieces be?
     
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