Herkie's new small tank

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    Hi All, I had the very unpleasant experience called moving house just before the end of October 2010. I made this early new years resolution to sort this small tank of mine out while I had to virtually strip it for the move. The original setup comprised of a almost 80l display tank and a 30l sump.

    After the move the tank was restarted in a very makeshift way and the construction of a new sump. The sump is a standard 4ft tank with a modified back pane plus a add on sump/ compartment at the back. the sump capacity is now 270l and this means the whole setup will be around 350l.

    All pumps, filters, skimmers etc is housed in the sump which is in an outside room. the only electrical equipment in the display area is the 150w MH light and the blue t8 plus a Seio setup.

    The original sump for this tank was mounted at the back of the tank and is now filled with live rock plus a new modified overflow that is super quiet.

    Photos and more detail to follow.
     
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    I was sitting in the sump room while writing the previous post and saw some very happy Lion fish. All the coral and the 3 fish in the tank was put in the sump this afternoon. The lions is now feasting on the moths and other goggas that falls into the sump. They are real natural hunters!
     
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    Tomorrow.;)
     
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    Hi Slagter, I never took photos of the lions feeding but they were chowing big time. I wonder if it is OK for them to eat moths and mozzies.
     
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    This is the sump with about 250l capacity.The return from the display is fed into the rear chamber that houses 1 x ATS only pump and one ATS/chiller pump.
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    Very cool, I like the fact ur filtration is almost 4x ur dt, well planned and happy reefing! I know this will work :)
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    Thanks Dallas, I need some success this time.
     
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    Keep the bio-balls, just add some cheato to remove the excess nitrates
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    If the bio-balls are working for you then use them. There are no real hard and fast rules with this hobby. All I say is stick to what works for you as everyone else's system is different in its own way.
     
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    sorry Herkie, I can't check the pics, I can't view photobucket on our server, but perhaps an invite;)

    If I had fish only and no worry about corals and nitrates, I would hit the bioballs, especially with low lighting for fish only!!
     
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    Sorry Magman.
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    I will sms you the address.
     
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    I have sent you the address.
     
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    I can now clean the collection cup without taking half the system apart but the cryptic zone filter will have to hang on next to the sump until a stand is made next to the tank.
     
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    This is the dsb the magman will be building in his garden soon(340x330), and the scrubber of 300x150x 2 panels design will probably be very attractive to him. I think he will be doubling that size though. I now cordially invite the magman to come inspect his future diy. Entrance fee: A nice frag or even 2 will do handsomely.
     
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    Cool, sump is bigger than display.

    Only problem with goggas in the system, is I do not know where that gogga was before it decided to take a swim in my sump. We have those stupid christmas beetles. And they eat amongst other things rose leaves. Never knows when your neighboor decides to spray his roses.

    Coke and klippies...:thumbup:
     
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    The ATS has been running for a week now and I am wondering if I should trim the one panel. The algae on it is about 2cm thick and hangs in the water for at least 6cm. I used to cut the algae back at this stage in FW, is there a difference in SW?
     
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    Riaan I have asked the missus to make me a mosquito net type of thing for the goggas cos a lot lands up in the sump. The only sump compartment without any insects in is where the Lions are now. Do you think it is ok for them to eat the insects? I have been trying to take a photo of them catching a photo but my camera's continous shooting mode is way too slow.
     
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