My first gonna be reef tank :)

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I’ve been lurking around this site for a while now almost leaving no trace and I never said Hi….. Hi guys and gal or 2 J..

As a kid I was always fascinated by these sea creatures and sea “plants” that grew in this underwater environment I knew so little about. the first memory I have is a clown and his Carpet, it was amazing.

 

I was about 13 when I got my first tank. I would of liked it to be a salt water tank but I was spoken out of it as it was too expensive which was understandable at the time and everybody I asked made it sound like rocket science just to keep these fish alive. I ended up getting a 3ft tank which over time has housed almost every fresh water fish possible of holding but I always had the itch to move over to forbidden grounds. Around May this year without thinking I purchased a nano that already had a damsel, shrimp, hermit and urchin living inside. On the way driving home I realized that I have no idea on how to sustain the living environment for these animals especially the one with all the spikes. Before going home I stopped off at the LFS and got some pre mixed water (probably from the aquarium), went home and set up this mini fish tank. Once everything settled I went over to a neighbor that has had these beautiful specimens of nature since I can remember (where I saw it as a kid) and he gave me the 101 on how to keep these fish alive, but you can only cram so much info at once so the rest was up to me to learn and he told me about this forum. This is where my adventure would start.

 

A week later after being a successful keeper of marine fish lol Pops and I decided and agreed we going to set up a custom reef aquarium. I found this task to be quite challenging in ways that I never expected it to be, what I wanted isn’t always what is available and it was always a hunt to find what I wanted but I guess it’s part of the experience which makes it so much more worth it. I started off with the easy part which is learning, not saying I know enough yet but I’ll get there. reading for hours and hours (even got into trouble for neglect) learning more and more (90% on this site which is really a great site) “stealing” or “borrowing” ideas lol and slowly but surely finishing the picture of what I wanted. Some of you guys really take the knowledge to the next level lol like some guy with a P at the end of his name, all of you guru’s really helped a lot thanks J. After Virtually planning what I wanted and drawing it on every piece of paper I could find I figured what I wanted (which took a while) and stuck with it. the tape measure worked over time. I then worked out a budget that was reasonable, the budget failed miserably lol. I’ll speak no more about that as I still didn’t get over the price of sand and stone K. The biggest mission as I mentioned was getting everything I needed to put this creation together riding to all corners of the city trying to get what I wanted and after a couple of months I had everything I needed to set up and fill this future reef tank of mine. Setting up and filling up the tank was much easier than I thought it would be, even though I had A veteran Reefer neighbor that was there whenever we needed help and pops helping with some theory and urging me to get done with the tank no matter what type of night I had the night before. Once everything is done and working it is really worth all the planning, stress (in a small way) and sweat put into it.

 

I am now done with 99% of the tank and I am on the 16th day of the cycle patiently waiting to start my next adventure. What I wanted is a very simple, neat and natural setup.

This is what I came up with:

 

Display tank                                      12mm 1500l x 600w x 700h

Sump                                                  1200l x 500h x 500w

The start of the sweat





Got some water flowing


Fill her up 97


My sump :)


Perfect fit


99% complete


Lights on


 
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Lights dsuny led setup
Wavemakers jebao wp40
Skimmer diablo dc 250
Uplift diablo dc 5500

Only thing that must still be added for now is a scrubber and atu. Im planning to keep mostly soft coral and lps while i feel my way around. passive colourful fish and a group of tangs :)
 

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I like the extra drawers. Nice touch to be able to put away food and other odds and ends. But it does make the skimmer cup cleaning ritual a lot more of an effort. But I still like the drawers.
 
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I like the extra drawers. Nice touch to be able to put away food and other odds and ends. But it does make the skimmer cup cleaning ritual a lot more of an effort. But I still like the drawers.
Thanks.. I insisted on the drawers, its already coming in handy. It does make the skimmer cup trickier to take off, getting yous2 it now.
 
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Thanks gents :m01:

So far I've added 2 clowns, fire gobby, regal tang, a couple of mushrooms, leather and a hammer and they all seem to be doing quite fine. Ill do a picture update soon, was in for a knee op so couldnt really do anything by myself. Water changes were done either by my neighbour or gf lol.

Just did a test now

salinity. 1025
ammonia. 0
po4. 0
no2. 0
no3. 0
ph. 8.2
kh. 10
ca. 440
mg. 1350
 

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