Murray and Shanne's 1.8m Piece of the Ocean

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  1. muzzthegreat

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    Hi all,

    Thought I'd start a new thread for my tank and let you all know the details.

    So we just moved house and in the process I decided to get rid of the old wooden cabinet and tiny Sump and replace it with a new metal stand and a new sump.

    I put some thought in the new sump and made it about 3 times the size of the old one and added a compartment on the end for RO water with an auto top up. I have also included a compartment for a DSB and Cheto/ Algae, but I haven't set it up as yet. Right now enjoying the extra water volume.

    In addition I have finally installed my new Metal Halides, which I mounted from the ceiling. They are 400w MH with Giesemann lamps, MEGACHROME coral, 14,500k. Huge improvement from the T5's that I previously had. Thanks @bryan from Jungle Aquatics for sorting me out with them

    Total water volume is 750 litres
    Display tank Dimension 1.8m x 0.6m x 0.6m
    I'll measure up the Sump this evening and post it here.

    Had an out break of white spots and lost a few fish and corals before they went back in the tank, which was very sad, but since we have put all of our fish and corals back in the tank and all is looking good. White spots are nearly gone and even our sick scopus tang is starting to look a lot better now. I think all of the stress and changing water parameters put a lot of stress on them. The worst is behind now and looking forward to getting our Ocean back to its former glory.

    Pics to follow.
     
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    We look forward to the pictures! Good luck on your journey!
     
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    These were pics taken about a week ago. It was set up and as it had been sitting for a few days, went through a mini cycle. We were treating it everyday with Microblift Nite Out and Special Blend (once a week) and a week later, all parameters looked great. So our fish went back in. All's been good so far. I don't have any pics of our fish and corals, but will take some soon and post them.

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    The left of the sump is the Top-up Water chamber, I have now connected this up and working like a charm. Those Metal Halides are going to keep the top-up unit working over time!! In the middle is the DSB compartment. To be setup soon.
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    Next on the agenda is going to be the wrap around cabinet and canopy for the top. I'll need to make quite a high canopy to block the lights out as its hard to watch TV with those lights shining in our eyes!
     
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    looking good. like the scaping
     
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    muzzthegreat

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    Thanks the fish!

    I was also very chuffed with it. The guy who moved our tank did that for us. We've tried to do it ourselves before and its not as easy as it looks!
     
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    scaping is always the hard part of a setup. the rest is a piece of cake:lol:
     
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    Off to a great start, nice neat look.
     
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    Welcome nice size you have there:thumbup:
     
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    i see that there is a rock or 2 leaning against back glass
    just be carefull that they dont fall and cause problems down the line
    just my 2c
    looks good keep pics coming
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    So the tank is taking some shape. All the fish are doing well, but the corals still looking a bit sulky. Think they need to get used to the new MH and also my high levels of NO3 and PO4. Going to put some NitraGuard in this weekend and a water change and hopefully soon they'll start taking opening properly and looking great.

    Some pics of the tank now (please excuse the sulky corals!)

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    Theres a funny story about my anemone, which I'll share a bit later, but the clowns love their home!
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    My sick little Scopus in the left corner. Hes on the mend and eating well now. Holding thumbs!!
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    My new addition, in the middle of the picture, the Longnose Hawk Fish. I love that little guy. We saw them diving in Sodwana and ever since then, I wanted one. Eating well and looking good.
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    Thanks for all the comments!

    toppdogg yes there are some rocks touching the back glass. I'll keep an eye on that. Thanks for pointing that out. I didnt even notice it.
     

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