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  1. pch356

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    Hi,

    I've been lurking on the site for a while now and at last decided to take the leap to post my first thread - I'm not very good at these type of things :thumbup:

    I've had freshwater aquariums for almost 20 years but always wished for a Marine aquarium.

    About 18 months ago my freshwater aquarium developed a serious leak and I decided that that was the chance I was waiting for. The rest is history.....

    My aquarium has been running now for approximately 13 months and so far so good.

    I struggled with a bit of nuisance algae a couple of months ago but got that semi sorted now.

    My setup:

    It is a FOWLR system

    Jebo acrylic tank - approximately 300 litres

    Currently running the standard T8 lights - 2 Ocean Sun (10,000K) and 1 Coral Sun (Actinic). Conversion to T5's planned in near future.

    Sump - 100 litres (with ceramic tubes, Bio balls, deep sand bed, Tropic Marine Phosphate remover bags)

    Halea - 2000 l/h return pump

    DIY Overflow system - to scared to have tank drilled

    Jebo Protein skimmer - not actually worth mentioning but it is better than nothing - was a gift from my wife so I dare not chuck it ...:whistling:

    Live stock

    2 Fire gobys
    1 Sailfin Tang
    2 Yellowtail Damsels
    1 Longnose hawkfish
    1 Oscellaris Clown (Nemo)
    1 Coral Beauty
    1 Yellow Wrasse
    1 Lemon Butterfly
    1 Spotbanded Butterfly
    1 long spined urchin
    1 Tubeworm
    1 Blue legged Hermit crab
    2 Red legged Hermit crabs (not sure if the name is correct)
    5 Turbosnails
    1 Red Skunk Cleanershrimp

    I will try and post some pics once sone pics once I've figured out how..

    By the way for those of you that wondered what the pch356 stands for - it is taken from the 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster of which I drive a replica - one of the other passions in my life.

    .... and thats my story.

    Cheers
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  3. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    masahello

    Thats not bad looking Pch, all the fish look healthy, though the Sailfin is a bit on the thin side:)

    There is a thread of a member, Tom, who converted his Jebo to T5's I will find it and post here for you.

    So are you thinking of corals yet:D we all end there in the end :rofl:

    once again welcome and happyposting :thumbup:

    Oh I love the blue background
     
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    Hi, Welcome to masa, set up looks nice.
     
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    Welcome, Nice looking setup.

    Going need to change those lights if you want corals.

    Also get rid of the bioballs, the DSB will do your job if deep & big enough.

    Well done :thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to the forum pch356, nice car, I mean tank :p

    Setup looks pretty good, love the selection of fish :thumbup:

    What is that fish next to the yellow wrasse? A molly?
     
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    Hi there pch356, nice system you got there. My advise is get rid of those ceramic tubes and bio-balls - nitrate factory!!!!!!!!!! A DSB and healthy live rock and a good quality skimmer is all you need. OK now, go buy one....:p
     
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    Thanks for the hearty welcome,

    Yes, on my to do list: Convert to T5's and then try a coral or two. There's just not enough space between the water and the lid for MH's and without completely rebuilding the lid. So I'll stick to T5's for starters.
     
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    Softies are the way to go with T5's, also hardy and easy to keep.
     
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    pch356 Thread Starter

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    Yeah Viper,

    U caught me out on that one.... I didn't mention my start up crew of three mollies which is still part of my live stock. I just keep them as a honourable gesture for the job they have done - and a bit of sentiment though.
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Damn Viper that was sharp, Oh Pch T5 are way kewl, I am keeping SPS with just T5's
     
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    :D Nothing wrong with the mollies, I actually had a couple breed in my marine tank, got pics somewhere, although they didn't seem to last long. I have always read about and tried black mollies, never tried the white ones, did they eat any algae?
     
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    Yes Viper,

    they tried their luck at the algae but the one that actually did a great job was the sailfin. The mollies only left tiny patterns against the glass and kept me guessing for a while as to why are my algae growing in patterns :)

    The crabs and snail also tried their best.
     
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    :rofl:

    Viper is our local, "I have tried everything Algae Meister":lol::lol:
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Oh shut up.
     
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    pch356 Thread Starter

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    :011: he he he .....
     
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    Sounds good, at least they are doing something.
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    My lawnmower Blennie had me doing the same thing:whistling:
     
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    Thanks for the advice Tobes,

    Now I understand why I cannot get my Nitrate reading perfect - it is still acceptable but not perfect and I've been battling with that for some time now.
     
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    DSB vs Bio Balls - Marine Aquariums of South Africa - wiki

    This should explain a thing or two.:thumbup:

    And yes a good skimmer will help tons, of course tell the wife the Jebo Skimmer runs best in conjunction with a Larger skimmer:whistling:
     
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