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  1. Darren

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    I've just joined and want to start a cold water tidal pool tank. My wife and I have just started snorkeling again and decided to also start a marine tank. We thought it would be cool to bring home some of the critters we see while out snorkeling. I've bought a Jebo tank and have some power heads. Help on what to do next would be great. Have a great day to all.
     
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    Hello and welcome Darren

    As long as you take no critters that need light you could get away with a cold water tank. But LED also helps a lot to prevent higher temperatures.

    Maybe run as experiment your tank with all equipment for a week in the summer to see if the temperature stay as low as your local rock pools. Although the pools can heat up in the sun at low tide, remember that the pools are over run again with cold water. The critters can survive higher temperatures, but cannot survived in constant higher temperatures.

    You can use a chiller to keep a constant 18 degrees. Or whatever your rock pool temperatures are. But take the reading at high tide.

    Colder water rock anemones are a lot more colourful.
     
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    Hi and welcome to MASA. hope you enjoy your stay here with us. also please share some photos with us:thumbup:
     
  9. Darren

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    Hi guys
    Thanks for all the comments.
    RiaanP what would you suggest I need as far as equipment is concerned.
    I've got some powerheads and filters lying around as well as the hanging type filters,
    And I've got the tank and cabinet.
    What and how do I go from there.
    I just want a basic but efficient system.
     
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  11. Darren

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    I would experiment first to see if I could be able to sustain a tank at that lower temperature. All internal pups would push the temp up. Plus T5 lights, or metal halides. LEDs you can get away with if mounted high enough. More than 250mm above the surface.

    Drilling the tank and adding a sump is better. Fit an overflow and put all equipment in the sump. Get a skimmer and return pump.

    internal flow I would suggest Vortech pumps. but they are pricey to start with and I would not spend the money for them on this "experiment". Reason why they would be the best option is because the motor is outside and do not transfer heat into the water.

    Test first, and if after a week the temperature is too high, then you are forced to add a chiller.

    Just a further note
    As long as you keep your system local. Completely local, then that allows you to put things back in the ocean. but then your live rock needs to be completely dried out and dead before use. No corals or fish bought from any pet shop.
     
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    Thanks RiaanP I appreciate all the help. I will set it up and let it run for
    A week or so and then start introducing a few hermit crabs to get things started.
    And yes the plan is to stock everything from collected specimens.
    They say local is lekker.
    Will post some pics when completed.
    Once again thanks.
     
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    You can setup a normal marine tank, only issue is tempreture and only solution is a chiller rated for preferbly double ur system volume to eliminate heat from weather/pumps/lights ....... As simple as that

    I know a few guys who did local and chiller is key.... Like @RiaanP said, best part is the nemmies, they are pastel bright colours,here in CT we don't have any colourfull fish tho but lotsa critters ie.snails ,hermits,beautifull starfish and urchins and ofcourse the pastel anemones

    Goodluck and keep us posted
     
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    This is now kief i love cold water tanks mossel bay aqaureim has a few cool ones but they all run on chillers and suspect like riaanp says you gonna need a chiller for your tank
     
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