My 5 foot Marine Tank Begins

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  1. Rebelo

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    Hi all


    I am a couple months away from starting up a new sytem ( well my first Saltwater system ). I have been advised to do a FOWLR tank initially and then perhaps progress to keeping soft corals once my tank husbandary skills are waxed! any thoughts on this?

    I have purchased only the tank and sump thus far and am doing constant research for all the equipment I will need. Display Tank dimension (1500X 600 X650 ) with a single corner internal overflow ( tank is basically a room divider) and sump ( 1200 x 500 x 500 ) water level will be at about 400 i think. Are there any good straight to the point articles or threads which highlight the equipment requirments? Also, any advise on sump design and plumbing???

    Lighting .... I mean LIGHTING!!!! why so expensive? Thought i would add that in. Anyone purchased an LED penadant from China on here? I am considering doing so via the made-in-china website or Alibaba site. some advise here will be hugley appreciated.

    I am looking so forward to getting started in this beautiful hobby and also cant wait to share my journey on MASA.


    Will post pics as soon as I figure out how to.......


    Cheers.

    Luke
     
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  4. Duimpies

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    welcome

    Yeah i bought a unit from China... works like a dream. Just got to make sure you get a good quality one with good specs as there is alot of shit out there.

    I have the same size setup as you. Get a Tunza skimmer (expensive but works like a dream for its size) + Tunza circulation pumps 2 x 6095 pumps + 7096 controller. garenteed german quality :)
     
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    water height looks more like 630 if 650 is the height. Go with a second hand t5 light unit, save up for a decent LED unit. What you planning for flow ?
     
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    @JohanKotze I have not decided on flow yet... TUNZE flow pumps look brilliant but are quite pricey when purchased new. I seem to be too late to respond to the adverts on the FOR SALE forum... good quality equipment sells really quickly. I will try get some 2nd hand equipment to start off, except for skimmer and return pump.
     
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    enjoy the tank on the lights rather save and get good quality LEDs.. nothing in this hobby comes cheap.. looking forward to progress
     
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    Thanks @reEfaddict I will do just that. Going through the for sale forum looking for 2nd hand t5 lighting.
     
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    Picked up the tank this weekend! In hind sight probably should have paid something for delivery but managed never the less. The sump was unfortunatley too high which would have left no space to get equipment in and out, also would have made woking in the sump very difficult. Also, each chamber overflow was at the same height. The level should step down chamber to chamber. The aquarium builder is doing another one for me. Pics to follow.
     
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    What lighting you going to use on it !!! Awesome cabinet!
     
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    Super clean tank and cabinet. Very sleek look ;) Tagging along here.
     
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    @Baz , thanks, it does look great. @NO3 , I am going to go with T5s for lighting. probably just attach reflectors to the underside of the hood and use waterproof connectors to be safe. The top of the glass has sliders to limit evaporation so I could also just lay a 4 x 54w T5 oddessea or ATI unit on top. There are options I guess. How many T5 tubes should I go with ?
     
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    Is there anyone using Marine Sources Red Devil series skimmers? Are they any good? and most importantly, is the internal pump relatively silent? I am looking at the RDC 850 Red Devil in Sump Protein Skimmer.
     
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    Pics of the skimmer

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    lovley start good looking system....
     
  19. Rebelo

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    It has been a very long time coming but I finally filled the tank this weekend!!!!!!
    Everything went to plan.

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    Did a test to see if the sump will hold the volume of water between full and the return line! Scary! Too close for comfort

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    sheeesh that is close.....maybe you should lift the ruturn pipe in the tank so it siphons back less.

    Your skimmer will overflow the second your power came back.
     
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