My 1st attempt at a bigger setup

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Hi,

This is my 2nd attempt at a reeftank and my 1st try on something with more than 120L of water. My marine experience started out at keeping 2 x false percula clowns in a 2ft tank. The tank setup was similar to my freshwater setups, powerhead + cornerfilter, crushed coral on the bottom and a shell or 2 and 2 pieces of sandstone.

Needless to say I wanted bigger, so I got a 3ft with an overflow box. This tank was setup at work so that I could see more of my tank. Still having mostly freshwater knowledge, the sump had a jebo skimmer and bioballs and filter wool(Nitrate factory). Tank lights were 3 T8 tubes (Pink, white and blue) Got a few pieces of LR and thus a newbie reefer were born. This is where the bug got hold of me and almost also made me never look at marines again.

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Anyways, with the bioballs I had algae 101. Could not get the nitrates lower than 100ppm (Doing weekly 30% waterchanges) So I tried the phone a friend option on the freshwater mailing list. Some kind people helped me sort out the nitrate factory and the bioballs where replaced with macro algae. Upgraded the lights and added a 150w MH to the system. Thus everything turned out to be okay. Oh I forgot about the water changes. Used to use tap water for the tank, nice algae fertiliser! So I phoned friend again and found out that RO is the better option, thus started my daily exercise, carrying 25l water to the 2nd floor. After a year I got fed-up bringing water from home and decided to start a nice big reef at home. This brings me to my current system.

1.8m x 0.5m x 0.5m (Display)
Standard 3ft (Refugium + algae scrubber)
Custom sump 0.9m x 0.6m x 0.6m (Skimmer + heaters + sump pump)

Skimmer Via Aqua SK388
Heaters 2 x 300W LFS special and a 250W in the main display in the winter
Lights 3 x 150W MH (2 x 6500K and 1 x 14000K)
2 x 54W 6500K T5's without reflectors and 2 x 54W actinic T5 also
without reflectors
Refugium 2 x 3ft 4000K T8's

Algae in refugium is Caulerpa and the bottom is covered in coarse crushed coral, about 10cm high. (Loads of critters in there)

The main display consists out of a thin layer of coarse crushed coral and some fine aragonite on the one side. I estimate about 50kg LR(may be less maybe more)

The inhabitants:

1 x Foxface
1 x Regal tang
1 x Sailfin tang
1 x Copperband butterfly
1 x Mandarin dragonette
1 x Sixline wrasse
1 x Fire clown
1 x Lawnmower blenny
1 x Fire goby
2 x Pajama Cardinals

2 x Cleaner Shrimps
1 x Coral Banded Shrimp

10 or so Turbo snails (Tectus pyramis)

1 x Bubble coral (Physogrya lichtensteini)
1 x Devils Hand leather
1 x Mushroom leather
1 x Sinularia Sp.
1 x Lettuce coral (Pectinia lactuca)
Various pieces of Torch corals (Euphyllia glabrescens)
1 x T. Crocea
3 x Mushroom rocks
1 x Green polyps
1 x Xenia
1 x Anthelia
1 x Sebae Anemone
1 or 2 other odd pieces that I'm trying to rescue after last years holiday
oops left out my poor Open brain coral (was a mercy purchase and and imho a very tough and tolerant coral)
oops missed one more - Green star polyps


Amonia and nitrites are 0
Phosphates uhm I think is okay( test shows good)
Ph 8.5
dkH between 4 and 7
Calcium 400 to 500ppm
Nitrates 10ppm

Running carbon full time at the moment.

Hmm I forgot to add my main means of water movement

2 x Resun wavemakers

Hope I did not left anything out and all advice is always welcome. Money however is a scarce resource and DIY advice will always be recieved better ;)

I'll post some pics as soon as I can figure out how

Cya

Wikus
 
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Once that bug has bitten you are stuffed. You will want to get something bigger than a 3ft soon.
Good luck cybervic.
 
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Hey Wikus, lets see some pics ;)
 
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Its not going to end here mate, it seems that you'll always want to go bigger and better.

Post some pics of your tank dude.
 
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keep in there Vic, i assure you it does get more fulfilling as time goes on. I think most of us newbies had the jebo skimmer, any rock will do, no why do you need a sump, sure lion fish are friendly and T12 will keep SPS alive episode. I also think we do this cause building model trains on the carpet just doesn't do it for us..so good luck and ask away on here we have some VERY serious PRO's here.
 
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Deleted, Read 1st post, pressed tab + enter too soon :p
 
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see now you all jumped the wagon :( Pics will be up soon :p
 
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Okay lets see the pictures Erm.... I hope :p
Full tank shot. Still need to tidy things
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refugium - I do not clean the glass due to the amount of pods, worms and small stars that might die in the process

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Any photo tips welcome, using a Sea & Sea DX750G.
 

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Looking good mate nice Clown i want a hosting clown:(
 
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Wikus, your tank is looking nice. Isn't it better for the clam to be on the substrate?
T Maxima and T Crocea prefer to be in the rockwork. T Squamosa prefer the sand again.

Anyways, he's there to get full benefit of the light.
 
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Love threads like these. Reads like a Mills and Boons....The infatuation...the craving....the passion...etc you get the picture... Not that i have ever read one.
Great thread cybervic.... From the few pics shown; this tank is buzzing with life...
Some elements that i would look into....Do you have a settlement area in your fuge before your return water passes over your dsb....if not, your gravel is pretty coarse, and may over time accumulate detritus.... with your caluerpa(sp) the build up may not be noticeable...however one day you may need to trim back or (God forbid)it goes asexual...the sudden shift in balance may have scary consequences... if you combine that with (bless Africa) a friggin power cut then the sudden drop in oxygen levels will do permanent damage to much of your tank...
Your fuge is every Marine Keepers dream and providing you keep that gravel relatively clean i would not change a thing....Maybe a black backdrop.. on your rear pane.:thumbup1:
 
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I would grow star polyps on the back glass.

Looking good.
 

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