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  1. Mischif93

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    Hi Everyone,

    So I'm not new to forums in general but I have decided to come out of the closet (so to speak) and introduce myself.

    I came across this forum in 2012 while I was browsing for info on tropical tanks since I had just started my little tropical tank (which I still have and love), however I have now decided that I would love to start a marine tank and have been coming here to get info.

    I've found someone selling a second hand 415l tank which I'm going to buy, it has a sump, some marine rock (I assume he means live rock?), corner overflow pipe and light fittings.

    Seeing as I am still studying I'm trying to keep start up costs as low as possible by going with second hand stuff (hope that is not a mistake).

    I love reading on here (and have read multiple threads) and hope to learn lots :).

    O and I love advice and tips, so if there are any threads that any of you suggest/recommend I read, please point me to them.
     
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    Mischif93 Thread Starter

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    I see I already introduced myself in 2012 and just forgot, my bad.
     
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    Hello and welcome, again... :biggrin:

    Anyway, it is not a mistake to start with secondhand. Just inspect the equipment for condition.
     
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    masahello

    Hope your adventures into the marine world fascinate and entertain you thoroughly! :thumbup:
    My best piece of advise is to take things slow and research before you buy.

    All the best!
     
  6. Mischif93

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    Thanks guys! :)
     
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    Research before you buy an don't just buy any equipment the lfs tries to sell to you.
    If you don't research you could end up with a fish/coral/anemone that isn't suitabke for your tank.
    Or with a piece of equipment you dont need.

    And welcome:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome

    Read the threads in my signature and ask as many questions as your heart desires
     
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    So update time, I bought a skimmer and calcium reactor from a forum member this past weekend, though I thought the calcium reactor was a pellet reactor but I plan on using it as a pellet reactor.

    [​IMG]

    And I bought a pump for the skimmer (after doing some reading on here).
    And I should be getting my tank this weekend.

    I've also got aprox 25kgs of live rock which I'm busy killing off.

    Atleast I've started the process :)
     
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    Or you can test and see if you connect the skimmer intake directly to you overflow pipe. No need then for a feeder pump.

    The negative side of such a setup is that anything going down the overflow directly ends up inside the skimmer.
     
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    RiaanP in your opinion wouldn't it be better to connect the skimmer direct to the over flow, i understand that everything will end up in the skimmer but at the end of the day the skimmer is easier to pull out the sump and cleaning rather than trying to get all the detritus ext out of the sump?
     
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    I actually have a pump suitable for the skimmer already but would you recommend that I don't use it? I thought that the skimmer would perform better with a feed pump instead of relying on gravity to do the work.
     
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    Welcome bud ( even tough you told me about the forum) :biggrin: Cant wait for your tank.
     
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    haha :) Trust me, neither can I xD
     
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    Id use a pump for it. You often get fish going over your overflow.
     
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    these skimmers runs on a recirculation pump. They not that dependable on the size of the feeder pump, or the inlet flow.

    For catching all/most of the detritus, yes directly plumbing the skimmer intake to the overflow will be great. Just remember to use a union to help in easier removal.

    As far as little fishes going down. That does happen. Lost a small black midas blennie the other day due to that.

    Ended up in the skimmer intake...
     
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    So update time again :)

    So this past weekend I got my tank :thumbup:

    If my math is right, the tank's water volume about 540L excluding the sump's water volume.

    Unfortunately it will be living in the lapa until we finish tiling the floors in the house.

    [​IMG]
     
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    what does the sump looks like you got with that setup?
     
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    Nice kooking tank Mischif93. Looking forward to seeing the end result.
     
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    Here is a photo of the sump.

    the water volume is about 60-62L, but I haven't measured the entire sump's actual dimensions (only measured the bits to get an idea of the water volume).

    [​IMG]
     
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