KevinR's 4 Foot Tank

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  1. KevinR

    KevinR

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    Hi

    I have recently started a 4 foot tank with a 3 foot sump. I got alot of the equipment from a friend. Please have a look and let me know what you think and how I can better it.

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    This rock has a lot of green alge. Is this just part of the cycle or is something else wrong?

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  3. dallasg

    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    looking great and welcome!

    its part of the cycle and nature of things...
     
  4. Tridan

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    Tank looks fine, to give you advice on the system you would have to give a bit more info
    on the system.

    However at first glance i would advise you get some more flow in the tank. Have a look at the new seio pump's or alternatively the cheaper version the sun sun pumps.

    So give us as much info as you can on your system.
     
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    looks cool.
    just to ad what Tridan said is you will have to increase your flow. I also have a 4 foot tank and my flow is 3600 Lph and my return pump is about 1500 Lph.

    Paul
     
  6. Warr7207

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    Cool setup. Get more Live Rock
     
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    starting off there nicely, Like Warr said, once you get some more LR it will really start taking shape.
     
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    NIce and neat. I'm with the others with flow. Your skimmer is working nicely.
     
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    Tank is looking good so far, Kevin. Everyone else said it about the water flow and live rock. Keep up the good work, mate!

    BTW: Love your "hairy mushrooms" ;)
     
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    Looks good Kevin - my advice, put the heater in the sump and move the temp thingie to the corner :p
    Replace the powerhead in the tank with a good flow pump :)
     
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    Display tank- Try and get a one colour backing (blue or white or black) to hide all the wires etc.
    Move temp Gauge to sump
    Add more liverock in the tank if you can, but do not worry, you can do it in time to come, and create some "hiding places"for your inmates, especially if it is lights out time
    Lights look fine- but please give specs
    The other problem I see is that there is no flow "amongst" your rockwork, making it possible for detritus to accumulate that will lead to algae, phosphate, nitrate blooms in the future

    Sump: Your Dsb looks nice as well as the compartments you have in the sump.
    In time you can add some Cheato.

    02 Things that concerns me: Please get a type of a plug cover as it is dangerously close to the sump, especially when there could be a "flood" as well as salt creep.
    The other thing is- have you switched the power off to see if your sump can hold the water syphoning back from your display tank??

    Hope this helps;)
     
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    is that an ellies surge plug? :)
     
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    very nice.. when i see an aquarist off to such a good start it is crazy to imagine what will happen in the future.. well done..
     
  14. KevinR

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    Thank you very much for all the comments. I have had the equipment since July last year but have decided to first gather as much knowledge as possible before I start. As I said I am in week 2 of the cycle and I know I still have much information to gather.

    As for the flow in the tank in the left corner behind the rock is another small tunze pump. But I do know that I am going to need more flow and am looking at getting one or 2 of the sun sun pumps.

    About the heater. I do already have a heater in the sump. The other one is in the DT at the moment because I still need to sort out the wiring this weekend. The cable is a bit short at the moment but it will be in the sump by the end of the weekend.

    I also have a chiller that is not in any of the pics but it is plumbed into the return. I have a 1200 lph return pump. I am worried that if I put a bigger return pump the chiller will not get enough time to chill the water. So should I take it "out of line" of the return or is it not an issue?

    I also have a fosphate reactor. Is it nessesary to run it now in the beginning while the tannk is cycling?

    I already have over 30kgs of live rock in the tank. How much more do I need or is it for estethics that I need more? I was under the impression that 15kgs would do so I got 30?

    The lights I am not 100% sure on but I have 3 white and 1 blue Gissermens(Spelling). I will check what they are.

    I am also looking into getting some eggcrate to lift the rock off of the sand. Hopefully that will help with the detritus buildup.

    Oh and yes I have switched off the power to check the sump does not overflow and it works nicely.

    Once again thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I will implement them and post some more pics in a while.
     
  15. Tridan

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    Maybe instead of more live rock get some bio rock its cheaper and great for base rock.
    The live rock you have will seed it and it will be live in no time at all.

    I would run the chiller separate, and have a larger return pump for the tank.

    Otherwise looks good, but try get some more flow in there.
     
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    what size hole do you have feeding he sump? if it will accomodat a bigger pump then you could use the return to create a bit more flow..
     
  17. KevinR

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    Going into the sump I have a 50mm durso standpipe but the return is only 20 mm. I think I am going to plumb the chiller on its own and get a bigger return flow.
     
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    Good start mate,:thumbup:
    are you intending to put something on the back
     
  19. KevinR

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    Tank Update

    Some updates on my tank that has been running since march.
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    Yellow Tang:
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    Xenia:
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    Comments and advice Wellcome
     
  20. mnd123

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    Very nice KevinR - is your YT eating anything else apart from that Nori?
     
  21. KevinR

    KevinR Thread Starter

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    Thanks mnd123 Yes the YT eats just about anything I put in the tank. I am a little worried by the look of his belly but it has been like this since I have had it. It is eating well though.
     
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