My first marine tank

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    Hi guys. This is my first try at a marine setup after keeping a freshwater Malawi tank. I've done a lot of reading and quickly learnt that marines are a totally different kettle of fish (excuse the pun) than freshwater. I have a Boyu tl550 , bought some live rock (about 10 kgs of Kenyan and 5 kgs of Fiji) and the tank has cycled completely. I added some CUC, corals and 2 clown fish. The tank has been running for a total of 8 weeks. I've checked my parameters and they all appear stable at the moment ( nitrates and Ammonia at 0 , calcium at 450 , salinity 1.021)

    This is the tank after 6 weeks of cycling and then added the corals etc.

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    I am still a beginner so I would appreciate any advice / suggestions.
     
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    Welcome to MASA! Hope you enjoy it here!
    Can you perhaps try reloading the pictures as i cant see them!
    You are more than welcome to ask as many questions as possible & we will almost always be able to give you good advice!!!
     
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    1st pic ,the tank after 6 weeks , 2nd pic after 8 weeks

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    Nice
     
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    Very nice, like your formation.

    What have you got in the back?
     
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    Thanx Visser and Dallas for the warm welcome and comments. I'm still learning , so hopefully, with everyone's help I can add more things and my tank can flourish.:)
     
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    there is some rock at the back, didn't want to make it visible because I felt it would ruin the scape. While I was doing the scape , I wanted all the Fiji rock in front as the main attraction , so some rock ended up at the back . Quick question, is the positioning of the powerheads correct? both powerheads pushing 2000lph.
     
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    hi and :welcometomasa2: to MASA

    Your power heads are fine the way they are ... what you don't want in your reef are dead spots where there is no water movement and waste and dirt can build up causing all sorts of problems. by pointing one of your power heads towards the back of your structure you've solved that issue... great looking tank :)
     
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    however if you find that the current the power head generates is too much and too close you can just pilot it a bit higher and further away from your structure
     
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    Hi @CapeReefer tank is looking good and welcome to masa.
    Just noticed your salinity is a bit low try raising it to 1.025

    Other than that everything looks good!!!!!
     
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    tank is looking good. positioning flow pump are good, wouldnt worry about it to much. just maybe check at the back of the LR that there is some flow too as it could be a potential dead spot.
     
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    Thanx for all the feedback , really appreciate it.

    How would I go about increasing the salinity slowly? Iv read fish and invertebrates are quite sensitive to the sudden change.
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    slowly :)
    easiest way is to take 1L-2L out the tank, then make that salinity say 1025, then slowly drip that back into tank, give it an hour or so when done, test and repeat
    that way no waste and slowly make the salinty up to 1024 or 1025
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    what is your current salinity
     
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    Its at 1.021.
     
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    take 2L, make it that to 1026, then start a drip back with the water in, say 1-2 drops per second
    nice and slow and a good way to pass a few hours :)
    after its in, 1hr later test the salinity
     
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    kewl, that's the easiest method I'v come across. Thanx bru.
     
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    hi and welcome to masa

    you tank is looking good i think your flow might be adequate.

    how many liters is a tl550

    i dig the red palys you have jealous
     
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    Tank is a 128 liter. Everything standard atm. Hope to upgrade the lights at a later time. But so far the lights doing great with the coral I got. I was lucky to get the Palys with the Fiji rock. They stunning, they got a bit of green in the centre of them, pictures don't do justice.
     
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