Lancehall123's new 4ft

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  1. lancehall123

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    Hi Guys,

    Just wanted to share my upgrade that did yesterday to a 4ft tank. Many thanks to Mupwi for the assistance in helping me move the tank and a whole lot of other help too. Sorry about the Cr@ppy cellphone pics :p

    I know that the tank is still empty in terms of rock etc but I am just getting started on it.

    Let me know what you think, be it positive or negative... :)

    FTS

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    Little Middle feature
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    Some nice plumbing
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    Powerheads in action
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    My Sump
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    Canister filter acting as a return pump
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  3. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Looks good for a start, although I think your substrate is going to cause problems in the long run. What upgrades did you do?
     
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    Who keeps selling that substrate to people starting a new tank ?
     
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    Thanks Viper. Which Substrate are you talking about the one... the one in the tank or the sump?
     
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    In terms of upgrades. I have upgraded tank size and now I am using a sump instead of just using the canister. Still have some work to do on it. I am still tired from doing the intial setup. Still got to do the skimmer and the phospate reactor.

    I need to try get some more rocks too.

    Just while I am at it. Do you guys know why my bubble coral is never extended out anymore? Its always like it is in the photo.

    Thanks,
    Lance
     
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    OOOOHHHHHHHH ... I know...I know...:(..can't name and shame anymore...:p...I got the same crap when I bought my stuff...:p

    Substrate in the Display Tank...:)..besides all the detritus it will store...try keeping a "sand shifting Goby" with those mini bullets...:p
     
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    Can't see too well from the sump pics, but it looks like you've got a fine type of sea sand in there, which is good, the very coarse substrate in your display tank is the one I am talking about, with it being so coarse it has a tendency to trap detritus and become a nutrient sink, which may cause undesirable increases in your Nitrate and Phosphate levels. Ideally you want a very fine grained substrate, much like sea sand, in your display tank, this prevents detritus build up and is also very beneficial for organisms like copepods, burrowing worms and snails etc.
     
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    Thanks for the responses. The big "bullet" sand comes from a mate of mine. I didnt think that it was going to be an issue. Do you think that it would be better to spend the money that I have for LR and rather spend it on the fine sand.

    I have Chaeto in the sump at the moment but I understand that there is only so much it can do.

    Any advise on the bubble coral?

    Thanks,
    Lance
     
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    Nice one Lance.
     
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    If you stay on top of you'r water changes and regular cleaning...then you can get away with it...after all, many do have the coarse substrate...just bare in mind that you will be limited to some degree regarding Livestock...will do some homework with regards to you'r Bubble...
     
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    You're in Durban, sea sand is free. ;) Just collect if from under the water and from a very clean beach. :)

    Your bubble coral doesn't look good. Did you upgrade your lights at all? It could be suffering from a bit of light shock, or your water quality may also be a bit 'off' if you used old sand from another setup and didn't wash it properly.
     
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    If you have been to our beaches lately you will know that there is no such thing as a clean beach here :p

    The bubble was looking like this before i moved it too. Doing some research and trying some things but it is not working.

    The sand did come from another setup and I washed it the best possible.

    Thanks,
    Lance
     
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    Go thru here and see if you meet all the "requirements"...maybe you changed you'r flow and now it could be too strong maybe...? I'm sure you should find the problem by means of elimination...
    Bubble Coral

    http://www.fishchannel.com/saltwater-aquariums/reefkeeping/bubble-coral-care.aspx
     
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    Thank you belindamotion.

    I have tried some of these but I will keep trying. When it comes right then its going on the FS forumn. I didnt really like it in the first place. Xmas gift.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Hi Guys,

    Just a quick update. I have managed to get my bubble coral to come right now and it is looking much better. I haven't had a chance to take some photo's but I will do shortly. I followed the steps in the link that Belindamotion sent me and it seems to have come right. THANK YOU!!!

    I would like to replace the Substrate in the display tank. How many KG's do you think I will need for the 4ft. I want to get the fine coral sand. At my LFS its R180 for 10KG bag.

    Is that a good price?

    Thanks,
    Lance
     
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    Glad to hear the Bubble Coral is recovering..thats excellent...:thumbup:
     
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    Great! Thanks for the help. Any recommendations on the substrate?
     
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    Definately go fine...think they call it Sugar Fine...I do stand corrected...I know you get in different sizes...I really don't know the prices...CaribSea is good..have a look at the Sponsors WebSites for some prices...
    CaribSea Brands Home Page
    Arag-Alive!
    Ocean Direct
    Dry Marine Substrates
     
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    Dont go smaller than caribsea fiji pink aragonite and even this is light. The sugar fine is very light and will shift/blow everywhere. Playsand is also too light for medium - high flow tanks.
     
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