Mathewis First Reef Tank

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  1. Mathewis

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    Hi Guys,

    So I finally got my self a set up. So I am going to need as much help from you experts as possible.

    I have got thef ollowing setup.

    The tank is a Jewel 800x350wx500h.
    4 chaimber sump with dsb and about 2 kg's of live rock
    Macro Aqua Needle Wheel hang on skimmer
    2 x SEIO M250 pumps
    1 x return pump
    300 w heater
    Waterboy 2 in 1 Carbon and phoshate reactor
    For Lighting I got a 150w mh with 14000k and 2 x Acnetic T8's.
    The tank also come with a filter canister inside the tank with load of sponges and a powerhead.
    Inside the tank I have crushed coral with 5 kg's base rock and about 17 kg's of live rock that I got from submariner.

    So here are the pics:

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    Do you guys see that shadow in the middle of my tank, its from some or other cross brace the tank has. Do you think I can get rid of it. Looks crap...
    Here is the pic of the brace, also do you guys think my overflow looks right. Making a hell of a slurrping noise:
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    The tank has been cycling since Friday,but I had to empty the sump on Sunday because of a leak.
    Ignore the light I still have to lower and level it out.
    Here are my water parameters:
    PH: 8.0
    Alk: Normal
    NO2: 0.1
    NO3: 20ppm
    Salinity: 1.022
    Temp: 26 degrees
    Amonia: 0.25
    ok guys so where can I improve?
     
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  3. Rory

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    That black cross brace is a bit of a bugger... Normally they're made out of glass, is that plastic?

    You can move the light a little bit lower.
     
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    Looks great man.Agree with Rory, lower the lighing unit to about 20cm above water level.
     
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    Hey Rory, still saving for that chiller of yours. Thanx for the comments guys. This flippen bug has bitten me HARD!
     
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    Looks good, you can't remove the brace without providing additional support, so be careful.
     
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    with regards to youre overflow to the sump, turn it about 5 -10 degrees towards the bottom , adjust a bit.
     
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    looks good bud great potential...
     
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    Neat rig. Not sure if i have welcomed you. If not... welcome Mathewis :)
     
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    Looks good, how are the test results so far?
     
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    Thanx guys.

    Wee-Man the test result in my original post was taken yesterday.
     
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    Very nice little setup there Mathewis! You won't be sorry. Perhaps you should just remove the sponges from the built-in corner/box filter, else you just MIGHT have some nitrate problems....

    I see that the tank is still cycling - with an ammonia level of 0.25 (else your test-kit might not be 100%). Just wait it out (another few weeks or so), before you start adding life stock.

    Otherwise GREAT setup man! Congrats!
     
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    Congrates on your new setup, love the LR ;)
     
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    O yeah I did use live water aswell, maybe thats why the ammonia level is at 0.25.
    I am in no hurry gonna wait it out, then I'll first add some corals, maybe softies. I'll for sure ask you guys opinion on what to add when the time is right.
     
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    So it is, that's speed reading for you:whistling:


    Wait until your perameters are better, ammonia, nitrite and phosphate at zero and the nitrates coming down, then add your clean up crew, turbos, hermits etc (don't get a starfish - it will die) give them a week or so and then start to look for easy corals and hardy fish, ask on here if you have any concerns about any choices before you get them.
    You will probably get some algae blooms (we all do) as long as you keep your water in tip top condition they will go, keep us informed as to your progress and we can help you along the way, good luck.
     
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    Ok cool, will do that. Just need to get a test kit for phosphate.
     
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    Good idea, we normally run a phosphte remover as standard, prevention is better than cure, this prevents many of the nuicance algaes taking hold.

    You can run it either in a fine mesh bag in an external filter, or more efficiently in a phosphate reactor.
     
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    wee-man i got a Waterboy 2 in1 Carbon and phospate reactor in there;)
     
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    Great tank... looking good.
    If that cross brace is glass and just painted, try scrap the paint off. I would not remove it unless replacing it with something transparent.

    Where did you get that light pendent, it is awesome.

    Ross
     
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    Yeah the light is cool, got it from Rory for a bargain price of R1000.
     
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    Whats normal for ALK?
     

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