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  1. Romanowhk

    Romanowhk

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    Hey.

    I have a 450L tank with a 200L sump filter.
    I have n skimmer with 3500l/h pump connected to it.
    And I have 2x 150W metal halide bulbs and 2x T5 bulbs.

    The following fish are in the system.
    4x nemos
    1x damsel
    1x koran angel
    1x blue leg hermet crab

    I dont have that much live rock yet. Little bit hard to come by in Windhoek.

    Any suggestions which coral would be suitable for this system ( I am looking at polyps and mushrooms), or any advise that could help really. Like what is important to have at this stage, what tests I should do, what the levels should be and so on.

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    Romano
     
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    Welcome to MASA, how about some pictures
     
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    yeah... some pics would help...

    We know you have a skimmer pump that runs at 3500lt/hr, but what skimmer is it?

    Interesting that you have 4 clowns... did you put them all in at the same time?
     
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    Welcome to MASA. I know your tank is already running, but read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank, most of the answers you're looking for is in there.
     
  6. Romanowhk

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    I put in two nemos and the other 2 about n week later.
    I am trying to make my picks smaller because their n little big and the site wont allow them. As soon as I can make the picks smaller I will add them.
    I dont know what skimmer pump it is. will have to look, il add n photo as well.
     
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    Welcome mate :)

    Post some pictures.. :) Yay
     
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    welcome welcome. Enjoy the addiction
     
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    Welcome to MASA. As suggested by Tobes read the threads in his signature and then if things are still unclear ask away
     
  12. Romanowhk

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    Thanks for the responses on my thread and thanks to Tobes for the signature, it helped allot. Is there any changes to my sump or setup that you guys would suggest so I can do it now before i start introducing soft coral and more fish.
     
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    I would be a little wary of the Koran Angelfish with corals... ;)

    Nice setup you have there.....
     
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    How long has your tank been running?What are your parameters?
    Personally i would change that sump completly.your waisting valuble sump space.And get rid of the hair curllers as that will become a nitrate factory before long.
     
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    O and what kelvin are your MH because your tank looks very yellow.
     
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  17. Romanowhk

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    The tank has been runnig for about 6 months now.
    How do you suggest I change my sump.
    I will look at the parameters and the kelvin of the MH tonight. it is n little bit to yellow.
    Im thinking of putting my skimmer in the last sump compartment and fine sand in the first? What other filter material would be preverable.
     
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    Your skimmer won't work sufficiently in the last compartment as the water level always drop due to evaporation and fluctuate when you work in the tank, etc. Best is to put skimmer in firts compartment. Your sump is actually too small for a DSB and it won't be effective.
    If you cannot change the sump, for now I would just run the skimmer, good carbon (like Maxizorb) and maybe phosphate remover. Later you can even look at NP pellets or the Zeo method - but first read on this properly.
    Regular water changes goes a long way as well. A DSB is a convenient and easy way to remove nitrates from the water, but you don't HAVE to have one. There are other ways like I mentioned.
     
  19. Romanowhk

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    Sump Changes

    After much consideration I decided to change my sump completely.
    I want to do this in order to make the tank compateble for soft coral and I also want to make these changes befroe I have any soft coral.
    I want to remove the sump and make n new sump.
    I want to to make n DSB system.
    I will have to remove my tank in order to remove the current sump and put in the new one.
    If I do this I will have to start with n whole new cycle.
    What can I do with my fish untill the new system will be cycled?
    Can I make n temporary tank for the fish that would be okay for them till the new system is cycled and how long would this take roughly.
    I want to put the skimmer in the first compartment which would then flow ofer into the DSB compartment aprox 15 cm deep. with live rock and algae
    My return pump would be in the third compartment and the reverse osmosis water would be in the forth with n pump to pump fresh water into the sump when needed due to evaporation.
    Which bulbs would work best for the sump lighting.
    I will also add 2 or 3 more wavemakers to the display tank for beter water movement.
    Any suggestions or help would REALLY be appreciated on the above mentioned because it would be costly to make these changes and I do not want to change anything again, cycle will alos break again.

    Does anyone know of someone in South Africe that I can buy Live rock from who would be willing to export it to Namibia, Windhoek. I can't find live rock in Whk and the guys that has doesn't want to sell. I need n few more Kgs for my display tank and sump.

    I look forward to your response.
    Regards
    Romano
     
  20. Tremayn

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    Welcome. Make your sump as big as possible as a DSB has to be very big around the same area as the sand in your DT. If you keep your rock in tank water with a powerhead and heater then the rock will be fine. That way it will minimize the cycle when you start your tank again. You can use a large plastic tub to house your fish and place the skimmer in it and some rock.

    For sump lighting you can use an energy saver globe thats 6500k like the ever ready globes. YOu can use prodibio bio clean to help your tank to cycle.

    Angels are not reef safe and will eat corals and the 4 clown fish (nemo) will start fighting and kill each other. Its best to keep just 2 clowns.

    There are a few guys selling LR so just check the for sale threads and PM the seller and maybe you'll can make an arrangement.
     
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