My first marine reef tank - The journey to the salty side

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  1. Criggy

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    Hi All - So I have finally taken the plunge and ordered a 300L custom build tank with sump and stand. I should be receiving the tank , stand and sump this week along with all the other odds and ends. I have done a lot of research and found many contradictory ideas and ways about going about things - any advice at this stage would really be welcomed:thumbup:
     
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    read the links in my signature and search for the R.E.E.F Methodology threads
     
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    masahello

    Good luck with your journey and post lots of pics :D
     
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    welcome

    All the best on your tank
     
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    Thanks guys -

    I will be posting pics throughout the journey as well as many questions and updates.
    I hope to be receiving the setup today :thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Hi All -

    So these are the specs:

    Tank 1200 X 450 X 450
    Sump + hole in chamber
    2 X 5kg aquamedic aragonite
    1 Atman PH 2500 return pump
    2 X sun sun JVP 102
    Filter media
    300w heater
    Piping
    Sagex



    Any thoughts, recommendations, other requirements?


     
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    I am not seeing a skimmer on that list ???
     
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    Yeah i did query that earlier as it was on their quote previously.
    Other than that any comments?
     
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    What are your plans regarding the stock you wish to keep? Are you looking around for live rock or are you going with dead rock? Making your own salt water or buying?
     
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    Let me just get this right , you say it's a 300L tank?
    Is the dimentions 1.2 meters x 450mm x 450mm ?
    If so it's 243L and i would assume that the sump makes up the difference?
    Also what light unit are you planning?
     
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    Going for live rock.
    Will mix my own salt water and getting a ro unit.
    Not 100 sure on stock yet but definitely some corals, clown fish, coral beauty and a tang eventually.
     
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    Sounds great !! Don't forget to get your CUC(Clean up crew) first.
    Sure this will be a great tank.
    Is the tank an open top or does it have a lid??
    :thumbup:
     
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    Its a reeftek TS1 skimmer
     
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    Lighting is a 54w quad odyssey unit and no it wont have a cover- i will be building a floating shelf above the tank to house the lighting
     
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    Any thoughts on the components? Any advice?
     
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    To be honest..i would rather get the TS2 skimmer now, spend the little extra bucks but have a skimmer rated for a larger size tank. I also have a 1,2m tank and can say safely that the TS2 does a great job !! IMO the TS1 is a little small for your tank although it's rating is for up to 300L...it's best to have a little bigger skimmer. The price difference is around R600 or so. Go TS2 rated up to 500L rather!
     
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    Thanks for the advice! Going to pick up everything just now- pics to follow :thumbup:
    Is the lighting decent for all corals etc?
     
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