Inflames first tank!

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  1. inflames

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    Hi Guys and Gals,

    Its been almost a year since I started my tank.. will try and post pictures right from the beginning and let you know what was going on and how I have arrived at what I have today! Still need to do ALLOT!!! So here are some shots to start! Any advise and contructive critism welcomed:razz::lol::whistling::thumbup:!!


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    The Guppy tank!
     
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    Nice Guppies dude can i feed them to my lion? :whistling:

    Enough with the Bath water where is the pic's of your real setup?
     
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    Cycling phase. mixed salt water and sand stone.
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    More sandstone and more cycling!
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    The sump (have modified it since) also no skimmer yet!
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    All the sandstone in and still cycling!
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    Lights added (39watt T5's) actinic x 2
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    With all lights on (2 x 39watt T5 white and 2 x 39watt actinic)...still cycling!
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    10kg "LIVE ROCK" added to seed sandstone. STill no skimmer and cycling.
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    Something starting in the sump!! Still no skimmer. Live rock in for 2 weeks.
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    1st inmate...added about 2 weeks after Nitrite spiked and come back down to 0.
     
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    Added Skimmer, Macro Aqua 600ltr
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    Started work on the hood for the light fitting...
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    Hood with 3 coats of Marine Varnish mixed with Dye. Left to dry for 3 days!
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    Side view of hood and overflow.
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    1st Fish, rockskipper added to help curb algae growth. About 2 months into the setup!
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    Crab enjoying the out break of Green Hair Algae.
     
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    Is this how far the tank is now or are there other pics still coming?
     
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    OOOPS, posted just after you :p
     
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    Hey Tobes,

    Bit of a slow process to select a pic, then resize it and then upload it!! :razz:

    More to come!!!:yeahdude:
     
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    Getting there slowly I see. Just from my side.

    Your sump won't work as it should. A DSB must be between 12 and 15cm deep consisting of very fine sand. Why is it suspended? In order to get the full anaerobic effect, no oxygen rich water must be able to reach the bottom layers.

    Ceramic noodles/rings like you have in the last compartment also causes high nitrates just like bio-balls - it will be best to remove them now seeing that your bio-load is very low.

    Why are you covering the sump? It is good to have max evapouration as it is good for cooling and gas exchange. The only downside of increased evapouration is you'll need to top up more RO water daily.
     
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    Looks better and better can wait for the grand finale
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    OK, didn't know there are more :p - hang on to my response and advice to see if it will still be applicable ;)
     
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    Looking good Inflames,have you noticed any negative effects using sandstone.
     
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    Getting the cabinet done.
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    One more piece added!!
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    I then made a BIG mistake and got this nennie:). had to take him back to the LFS.
    My tank had only been running for about 3 months, got some advise from the forum and decided to call it a day and take him back:(.
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    My Hermit crab would go and steal food everytime I fed the Nennie.
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    This is what he looked like after being harrased so much. He detached shortly after and was in my only in my tank for about 2 weeks after this before going back to LFS.
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    Poor Nennie:(
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    This was my 1st Clown fish...thought he might cheer the nennie up! He ended up commiting Harri kiri 3 days after...got glass covers for my tank after that!
     
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    Is your tank only sandstone or did you seed it with some LR?
    How long has your tank been running?
     
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    Hi Aslam,

    Not at all, sandstone is actually very hard to find! I stumbled across some at a Not so Local Fish Shop in Benoni or Boxsburg. They have a tank there that does not have 1 piece of "Live Rock" in it...only sand stone...all I can say is you need to see it to believe it! Basically over a period of time (probably years) it becomes encrusted with corraline algae seeded from the other rock and looks like "live rock". It does not have the same "filtering" capabilities as real "live rock" but goes along way to bringing the cost down. I bought 30kg at R30 per kg! So that what you see in my tank is 30kg of sandstone...R900 compared to say R4000! Mine is slowly being encrusted with red and purple corraline algae!:thumbup:
     
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    Nice start. I see you going the plenum route. Let us know how it goes? One suggestion. Tidy up your electrics as you need a little water on the multiplug and things can go horribly wrong. I'm glad you took the anemone back
     
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    Hi Tobes,

    The DSB...if you wanna call it that was setup along the "plenum system" It was talked about allot in the 1st book I was given (the one that started this whole journey!) Basically as you see it is exactly how its detailed in the book. I think the book is a little outdated, but I think it was the start of the DSB idea! I am intending do add some more sand to make it a little deeper though! it is currently 12cm deep with meshing between the 2 different layers of course coral and fine crushed coral. I dont see any problem with it being raised provided I get the depth of gravel up a little more closer to 15cm?!?!

    The ceramic rings were removed quiet some time ago (again on recomendations from this forum) slowly over a couple weeks. I have also since added pirugen in a stocking in the sump and also grow some cheato! All of these little changes have really help rid my setup of hair algae and cyno...Ill post some more pics and you will see what a problem I had!:razz:
     
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    Hi Prodigy,

    I did seed it with about 10kg's of live rock..actually hoping to get some more live rock soon from a different source...hope it will help with diversity of life! It been running for almost a year now!:yeahdude:
     
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    After 1st clown jumped out and just before I took the nennie back. Got 2 percular clowns. Check out the hair algae growth...needed to have 10 rockskippers!
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    Tumbling around the tank...:(
     
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    Real problems with Nitrates and PO4!!
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    I then got Mr Scopa's Tang to help "Lenny" the blenny out with the algae situation! He is a great fish!!
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    This is my favourite fish! Yellow Sailfin Tang. He has really grown and added about 3 weeks after Scopa Tang. The filter behind him needed to go soon!
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    My 1st "Coral" Green hairy Mushrooms.
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    You can see the difference in algae with the tangs and rockskipper after a few weeks!
     

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