Here goes my first tank

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  1. labworx

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    Hi All

    So, always admired the hobby and have always been too scared.

    My Fiance bought me a tank (250l) for my birthday (4 November) last year.

    Today I added the first live rock to my tank. Started about a week ago with all the setup work and finally got water in the tank over the weekend.

    Now the looooong wait (four weeks) before I add the first fish. I am sure the first one will be a copper band (if that's the correct name).

    So if I have done this right you should see some pic's of my tank.

    Here is to a healthy new pretty reef!
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  3. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA!
    You sem to be off to a good start.
    What livestock a you planning on keeping?
    If you did get the name correct, I wouldn't advise getting a copper band as your first fish. Getting them to eat prepared food can be tricky. Rather start with easier fish and aim to get the copper band when your tank is well matured.
     
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    Goodluck and welcome..

    looking good..
     
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    labworx Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the advice. I would never have known. My fiance is giggling as she wanted a achillies tang and found out that they are one very expensive and not really reef safe.

    Think I will start with clowns.

    Can you suggest easy and hardy fish to start with?

    I am planning on a reef tank (lots of corals and shrimps)

    thanks
     
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    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Achilles tang is reef safe.
    You have a few weeks to wait before stocking, so take this time to go through members tanks to get some ideas on stocking. Also troll the Internet to get a idea of what fish are out then. Try drawing up a list of all the fish you ultimately want and we'll let you know which, and in what order, to add them.
     
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    Hello and welcome.

    Move that heater to the sump, less clutter in your display.
    Your return line is too low in the tank, unless you have a siphon break - that works.
    That overflow boxes do suck in small amount of bubbles, depending on your return pump rating. And the bubbles collect until it breaks the siphon overflow. That suction pipe to start the siphon can be connected to old style powerheads with venturi. Negative part is that you will get micro bubbles into your display at times when air is pulled out. But at least you know that the siphon will restart after power outage. Just do not use clear airline tubing, as algae will grow inside and eventually block.
    For background, you can use black ABS sheeting from Maizey Plastics. Very cheap

    What is that green? Algae or Cheato?
    If algae, get rid of it.
     
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    And I will start with clowns, and 2 Blue Yellow tail damsels. Not everybody like the Yellow tail damsels, as they can be aggressive. But they are very hardy while you learn how to keep a system stable. After 6 months, and you not killing your first fish, then upgrade to more expensive fish, which normally are more difficult.
     
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    Hi RiaanP

    Thanks for the advice.

    I plan on moving the heater over the weekend, as you can see I have very little room to work in. Also I have a non-return valve installed on the return line.

    The green stuff. Not sure exactly what it is. Feels very hard and grass like. If it starts to spread, it's coming out a.s.a.p.

    Background. I plan on having an HD picture of an old sunken ship or airplane printed. Hopefully still this week. (still looking for pictures)

    Thanks for the advice on the siphon box. The power heads in the tank do have venturi control so I will give that a try.

    My water temp is currently 24.3 and goes as high as 25.4. Is this okay? What is ideal for a reef tank?

    I also dosed some chemicals (on suggestion of the pet store), will post the name of the chemicals later today.

    Thanks again for all the help and advice

    cheers
     
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    Hi and welcome to MASA. Its an addiction well worth it.:thumbup:
     
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    Then you need to clean the back panel then as well. Rather go black (some prefer blue) and let coraline algae take over the back panel over time. Easier to maintain and then you got extra food source for an urchin.
     
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    welcome to MASA, enjoy the stay :thumbup:
     
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    nice looking tank there dude, looking forward to see what u do with it:p
     
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    Chemicals

    Hi All

    Thanks for the advice thus far. I would like to know your thoughts or experience with chemicals in a reef tank.

    I have dosed the following.

    1. Brightwell Aquatics - Micro Bacter 7
    2. Tetra - Marine Mineral Mix
    3. Tetra - Marine Safe Balance

    Are these good for the tank and should I dose anything else before I add some fish?

    Thanks again
     
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    Not sure about the tetra products, but the MicroBacter7 is a good source of bacteria than will aid the tanks cycle.
    Be careful with dosing and only dose what is needed and what you can test for. While your tank cycles, keep an eye in nitrates/nitrates/, phosphates. Check you KH and ph and make sure that stays stable and dose an appropriate product should the need arise. Once things start growing youll need to monitor calcium and magnesium as well.
    Buying all the test kits at once can be a bit of a strain on the pocket so buy one or two a month and get your LFS to test for the other parameters. BUT be careful that the shop doesnt sell you a million additives cause they tell you your water isnt right. Have it tested, post the results on masa and well let you know what to do.
     
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    WElcome to MASA.

    SOme really good advice given here.! :thumbup:
     
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