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  1. DanH

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    Hi,

    I have been into malawis, had all kinds, but now I want to turn my tank into a marine one. Will just be keeping my F1 frontosa kingomas (7 stripe) in my small tank and my main tank will be marine. I also recently built a new koi pond and have around 50 koi inhabiting it, now its on to the next project, a marine tank.

    The planned marine tank is 1700x600x600mm with a sump of 1200x450x450mm.

    I have the following equipment with the tank:
    6000Lph uplift pump
    3x 300w heaters in the sump
    crushed shells substrate
    loads of black sponge in the sump
    loads of shells and coral chip in the sump
    ceramic noodles in the sump
    auto topup with a h2o water purifier feeding it
    light box with 3 T8s (2 white and 1 blue)

    Im thinking of making it a FOWLR tank.


    The tank as it is now:
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    and a pic of my koi pond
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    Hope to learn most of what I need to know to setup and run a marine tank here.

    Dan
     
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  3. Lowflyer

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    hey and welcome to the forum, could you possibly give us a pic of the sump so we can see what you have. And what are you planning on keeping? Fish only, or corals as well, this is important as it will give us information needed to help you out with advice etc.
     
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    Howdy, glad you found the dark side:)
     
  6. DanH

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    sure, will take a pic in the morning.

    I'm planning on keeping fish only with live rock.
     
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    Welcome to MASA.

    My first comment, not to sure about the crushed shells.
     
  9. DanH

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    sure, thanks. That's in there from my previous FW setup.

    Will ditch it. What should I use instead?
     
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    TO MASA DanH!!!
    I also have had tropical fish for a long time and present a 25 000l koipond. Then I set up a marine tank 2 years back let me tell you nothing even cam's close to it. Please post a pics of your sump as this is the hart of your system and is crusial to be set up right from the start. Tell us how many chambers, what do you have in what chamber and the flow.
    What I can suggest is that you get more flow back to your main tank 7000l for that size tank is not enough.
     
  11. NFactor

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    Welcome to MASA Dan, I joined recently myself and can say this is a great forum for information and help!

    Regarding your question, if you can afford it, then fine aragonite is a great option for substrate. On the otherside the cheaper option is playsand (found at reggies and toys r us @ R50-R60 for 20kg) but be prepared to wash the playsand loads before use.

    Also not so sure on those ceramic noodles as from what I have read they can increase your nitrite levels in the tank, also not sure that the H2O water purifier would be clean enough, you want to look at using RO water for topups.
     
  12. DanH

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    Will take pics of the sump and post in the morning.

    Would building white sand be ok? I have quite a bit left from building the koi pond.
     
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    Hi Dan welcome to Masa, yip you about to hit info over load on this thread. The marine set ups differ to the tropicals in that the live rock is your bio filter so no need for the ceramic rings. As you going fish only i would not waste the money on aragonite and go with the play sand for the display as well as a Deep Sand Bed in the sump.
     
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    yeah, total info overload.

    Thinking of making fake live rock with the crushed shells so it wont go to waste.
     
  15. THE ANIMAL

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    Yes Dan building sand will be fine only thing is you must wash it over and over. I will still then go and bay myself a bag of play-sand and miks it with the building sand. The consistence is good. But please wash it good till the water is clear.
     
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    :iagree: To have a successesful marine setup your sump needs to be right. So if you can post a pics of your sump we can set it up right.
     
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    Cool, will wash it well.

    My system holds about 800L, which skimmers should I be looking at and for how much?
     
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    As for substrate, I'm a fan of sea sand, I like all the things living in it. If you do decide to use sea sand find a nice unpolluted area away from outlet pipes, and go at spring low tide and collect some sand from about knee deep water. The sea sand could be mixed with the builders sand. As for skimmers I believe the reef octopus TS3 should be good they go for between about R2750-R3000.
     
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    Yes :iagree: for me to sea sand are the best, and as for skimmers I also will go for the reef octopus or Deltex dont know the price. Agan go for as big a skimmer as you can afford.
     
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