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  1. SKnight

    SKnight chilling in alfred

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    Hello All,
    I am new to this group and new to salt water systems. Still building my tank up as we speak
    SKnight:thumbup:
     
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    masahello

    Please tell us your plans for the new tank
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Hello and welcome to MASA
     
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    Welcome to MASA! Some spec'd and pics of your setup would be nice!!
    Hope you enjoy your stay!
     
  8. SKnight

    SKnight Thread Starter chilling in alfred

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    Thanks all for the great welkom!
    I am in the proces of converting my 5ft cabnet to a marine and have gust had a hole drilled and trying to decide on the sump. space is not very good as there is a devider in the middle of the cubboard. have been advised to put a 2ft in and make 3 compartments in it with a skimmer in the first and i hope to have large crush corel in tank and fine on top as a deep filter also have been advised to have a plenim (Spelling) undergravel without the uplifts. Does this sound good. I am also planing to have a 2m x .8 x .8 tank made but a bit later after a bit of experiance with the 5ft. a bit overwhelmed with the advice and details and specs of everything.
    Simon:wave2:
     
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    Welcome Simon! I have a cupboard with a divider and simply put in 2 sumps and drilled through. I have a thread somewhere on MASA with this. I would not use large crushed coral at all, as it will start to move to the top and then you get a nitrate factory - and afaik a plenum is a no-no completely.
     
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    Welcome :wave2:
     
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    A very warm Welcome and good luck with your setting up :)
     
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    SKnight Thread Starter chilling in alfred

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    Hello MND123,
    Thanks for the advice. why no to plenum? should i rather put dsb in sump?
    Thanks

    Simon
     
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    Hi Simon, I'm not an expert on either plenum's or DSB's but here is my 2 C anyway.

    In my opinion a plenum is nothing more than an udergravel filter , especially if in the DT. This means all the crap will be caught underneath the crushed coral you put on top. NITRATE factory making it very hard to keep clean, also changing at a later stage is more difficult and upsetting to your habitat than starting right from the start

    Also when using large pieces of CC you wont have any environment for the good guys to live & breed in (worms , good bacteria etc)

    Hopes this makes sense
     
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    Hi Simon, welcome to MASA - hope you enjoy it here. If I can give my opinion, I would rather have a sump with 3 chambers,
    1 = skimmer
    2 = DSB
    3 = return pump

    Simple, easy and fairly natural as you have a DSB in the ocean as well ;)

    Read through the link in my signature for some great beginner info on how to start your first marine tank. Take it slow and don't be shy to ask - we'll gladly help you out :wave2:
     
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    SKnight Thread Starter chilling in alfred

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    Thanks you guys have settled it - in the sump it will go
     
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    SKnight Thread Starter chilling in alfred

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    Please can you help me with selecting equipment? I have been looking at all the equipment and am a bit overwhelmed by the choice. The tank i have is a 5ft - +-160L incl sump i need to get a Skimmer in sump small as the sump is only a 2ft tank partitioned in to 3 ( not made yet) and i also need return pump and wave makers. The lights i can make my self as they have to fit in the cabnet lid. what brand and size would you recommend? Money is always an issue so the cheaper the better i can get away with.
    Thanks:)
     
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    hello simon,
    welcome to masa its great to hear that you are starting up and learning so fast :)

    advice will come thick and fast, with many opinions and lots of options, depending on who is selling you what! Do yourself a favour and bounce any ideas off masa first, we are basically a bunch of passionate hobbyists and have no commercial gain in giving you advice, we simply try help each other over the mistakes we have all made. So ask us first, even if its the price of equipment and what brand for your rand. generally the guys and girls on masa will give you the straightest most honest advice thats best for your tank and you as a reefer :)

    great to hear that youve had the tank drilled, its always a heart thumping process, but i assume its all gone well? what size overflow are u planning on putting in there?

    it does sound like you ahve small space issues in the sump, which isa grate pitty. have a look through MND's threads, if you can see what he has done it will greatly improve the space you have in sump. Just note though, keep your sump simple, alot of processing goes on in a sump and having a easily maintaed sump will pay dividends in the long run :)

    welcome to masa and happy postings:)
     
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