My 240 litre piece of reef

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  1. oliver

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    After being on MASA for over a year,I have decided to start a Thread on my small piece of reef.I started my tank in April 2015 and it was running quite well exept some issues with my skimmer witch disintigrated until September 3rd 23:00 my tank cracked one of the side panels and I had to do a emereancy take down of my tank.The tank was repaired and restarted at the end of October 2015 and since the has then has come on very nicely.

    The tanks total volume is about 300 l including the sump with a Bubble Magus nac 5 skimmer and a 5000l Atman return pump,my lights are a home built T5 unit with 6 tubes from ATI and Red Sea 4 white 10000 k ATI s and 2 actinic blue from Red Sea.Chiller is a diy unit using a aircon outside unit connected to a titanium heat exchanger and the water circulating through the heat exchanger driven by a 2000l Atman pump.My sump consists of three chambers 1 contains filter sock,2 skimmer 3 live rock and return pump.

    My tank contains about 25kg of live rock mostly collected locally and a few pieces donated by friends and Red Sea coral base.Three Hyodor wave makers for extra circulation in the tank.Very low stocking level at the moment consiting of 2 clown fish 1 blue devil,1 green chromis 1 Bicolour blenny and 2 black and white chromis.Corals some shrooms and a small bunch of Zoas a small pulsing Zenia a brain coral and two unkown SPS corals and two clams T Maxima

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    Will upload more images later today of my electric board and of my tank
     
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    Are there lots of marine petshops where you are ? Please share some pricing.
     
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    There are a few mostly run by Expats from the UK pricing depends its cheaper than SA thats for sure the average setup with a chiller and LED lighting will set you back about 15000 rand,skimmers start from about 500 rand upward,T5 light tubes from about 80 rand upwards.The RSM 250 costs here without a chiller 7000 rand.
     
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    My electric board is divided into two parts one part witch is wired directly into my house board and the other part witch is wired to my UPS soon to be change to a 8kw generator with auto start up and transfer switch.My current back up system is a 6000 kv UPS witch runs my return pump and my chiller in summer months,with the new system my aircons and most lights and appliances will also be able to run.Here are some more photos of my tank and its inhabitants

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    My newest addition a T. Maxima clam that I safed in the local fish market.Thats one of the proplems here there is no really enforced contol on what is taken out.

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    That looks like a high grade maxima clam
     
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    Dont really know I quite often see blue ones on the reefs around Oman.
     
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    how much did you pay for it in the food market?
     
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    1.50 Dirhams about 1.75 dollars US
     
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    Less than R25.
     
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    yes and how much would I pay in SA for one +/- 7cm?
     
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    Not less than R300 I reckon..probably more depending if it's listed as an a grade maxima.
     
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    At the LFS, I haven't seen any for R300. What a bargain for Oliver at the price he paid.
     
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    Some new photos of my fire goby and my tank in general,also some photos of my ATU system.

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    In East London haven't seen one less than 450 to 500
     

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