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  1. Ally05

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    Thinking of converting to marine. Had freshwater aquariums in my school days and now been running my 570l tank the last 2 years but thinking of going marine next year so need to do my research.
     
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  3. viper357

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    Welcome. Show us a pic of your current tank. :)
     
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    Ally05

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    This pic is bit old but the last full shot i got of it. i recently suffered a big loss and now running it as a low tech planted tank. i have had dwarf Neon gourami and pair discus bread in my tank.

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    Welcome, very nice. I did the same. Got frustrated with the fish/plants and hardscape available here.

    Converted and havent looked back! Been 8months now!
    Everyone says marines is so much more expensive and time consuming but when you running a proper freshwater tank with plants, co2 etc it's possibly more work with the amount of trimming!

    Enjoy!
     
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    welcometomasa

    we luv pictures on the forum
     
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    Welcome ,very nice planted tank you got.
     
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    Welcome, I did the same and I must say marine is much more rewarding. Just awsome realy.
     
  9. Christo

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    Looky Here..... Welcome Bud
    Told you ages ago to change to
    Marine.

    Enjoy the research
     
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    Ally05

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    Hay all. Thanks for the Welcome. So how much of an adjustment is it to go from tropical to marine?
    I got some useful things i can still use.

    This is my current tropical setup
    Tank 2L x 0.5w x 0.65h plumbed through base in the corners with 1inch bunkheads
    Eheim canister filter 1700l/h
    Jobao P40 wavemaker not really in use.
    2 300w Eheim heaters
    Reef Angel controller (cant believe the price these days, more than double)
    9kg CO2 system
    3 80w dual balast t5
    Jabao 4 pump dosing pump
    15w UV
    Thats about it.

    Whether i to change or not still going to change to a sump, got a feeling i will have to increase my bunkhead size.
    Will convert my current diy t5 to hybrid, something like on the BRS video. the current frame is falling apart, it was a test prototype but never got redone.
    I only have the space under the tank for my hardware so that is a limiting factor. The workable height in the cabinet is 700mm.
    I need to set up an auto top up system.

    Any tips from the "converted" would be appropriated.

    @Christo ya ya i know.
     
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    Skimmer definitely a must
     
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    Welcome - i like the discus - but they a tad boring - so do the conversion!
     
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    Ally05

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    OK so it's been awhile and I've made some progress although very slow as time and funds are limited.
    I got a skimmer, lights and this month my return pump. Old corner boxes out, Beeding removed, new base in cabinet made, did some painting too. Finished welding and prime the frame for the lights to hang from today.

    Still to do list: Order glass and perspex and build sump. Complete light fixture. Drill tank and plumb. Do beeding, connect RO and RA. Leak test and flow.
    Some pics

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    Looks like you going to have a very nice setup there. What do you plan to run in the sump. Knowing me I wouldve started to run the tank with liverock only to start a cycle once the return is done and your waiting for a sump.
     
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    Ally05

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    @Franske. I wanted to start my plumbing in January but finance got tight after Christmas splerge so working with what I already had. Sump will have 4 filter socks, skimmer and chaeto ball. Very simple. My overflow will be some what different and expect a lot of criticism. Got a bit of machining and molding for the acrilic parts so that will take time. Hope to be water tested by June.
     
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    I think start yourself a builds thread.

    Where you can give us updates. Shappies
     
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