My first sw tank

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  1. CW

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    [FONT=&quot]My name is Chris Whiteman and this is my verry first salt water tank.

    1 x Sump (1000x330x400)
    1 x Tank (1200x550x600)
    [FONT=&quot]1 x Rubber tubing - For tank maintenance. R45[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 x Return pump - Sensen HQB2500 (2000L/H). R285[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 x Digital Thermometer - For checking tank temp R99[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 x Aqua Heater - 300w R120[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 x Marina fish net - Hopefully never to be used to catch dead fish. R18[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]3 x Bags of washed play sand and plastic bin to wash them in. (Bin R129, Sand R80)[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]The sand is washed, but trust me, wash them another 10to15 times.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]You will see why.[/FONT]

    1 x [FONT=&quot]Red Sea Salt 10kg - 300l. R325[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 x Power Head. R150[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 x 5 Point multiplug. R120[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]300L - RO water for startup. R225 @ R0.75 a L[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]1 x 1200x1000 Black Vinyl[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]This is what i started my tank with yesterday.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]I had lots of help from my friend Goby and my Heavy Louis. HeHe[/FONT]

    [FONT=&quot]I will add more pics as i go along.[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]But for now im waiting for the 24 of January 2011 for the first arrival of live stock.[/FONT]

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][FONT=&quot][FONT=&quot][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]:thumbup:Atlast some live rock.
    Now i realy cant wait for the fishis.

    But still have a problem with lighting.:(
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  3. Annoying

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    Hey and welcome to MASA!

    Tank looks awesome, what are you thinking about skimmer wise?
     
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    Welcome to MASA.

    So far your tank looks like it has lots of potential!

    Have you filled the tank yet and added the salt yet?
    Its great that your planning on using RO water for start up. :thumbup:

    How many liters is your system?
    I calculate your display tank alone is about 300l.
    do you have a hydrometer?

    how long do you plan on cycling your tank?
    Do you plan on getting a Skimmer?

    Good luck with your system!

    If you need help just ask lots of friendly people here that can help
     
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  5. CW

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    hi there

    Ive just picked up my skimmer.
    Its a ReefTek.

    Ive already added water yerterday. (RO)
    And ive just added salt an hour ago. Its a 300L Tank

    Man that salt is a storie to add.
    Ive used my 56L bin to get the salt mixed in with the water and ive also used a power head to help for mixing.
    The bottom of the bin gets flippen warm man. Hectik s...

    Im still getting to know MASA so can you guys pleas add me as a friend.

    Im also Afrikaans so please bear with me if i make some spelling mistakes.

    Id like to ask you some q`s if i get stuck.

    Cya
     
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    HAha just saw now I already posted on your thread. :thumbup: Feel free to ask as many questions as possible! Don't feel bad your not the only "Afrikaan spreukende lid" on this forum (myself included;)), but luckily there is something like spell check:lol:. What is the full name of the skimmer what type is it?
     
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    what model reeftek did you get TS2?
     
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    Hi everyone

    Sorry for lack of pics but my cell isent alowing me to see the pics ive taken on my computer.

    Something wrong with the phone.

    Will post pics asap

    CW out
     
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    Reektek skimmer

    yes i got the ts2
     
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    Just double check those sensen pumps. We used a few in our pond at work and i doubt they safe for salt water!!
     
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    pump name

    Hi there

    If im note mistaken i think the skimmers pump name is something like octo or something like that. its a long name. Ill have a look tonight
     
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    Oh sorry. are you talking about the return pump?
    Ive taken out one screw that could rust.
    Not needed for my use
     
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    If i can add some advice...

    If you are planning on mounting the multiplug behind the tank, go ahead and buy another 5 point plug, trust me you wont have enough plug points and its always a mission to mount more plugs once the tank is filled and standing next to the wall
     
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    Ja i know im gona need more later.
    But atleast ive got space next to my tank to get to my plugs.

    Thanx man
     
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    You may also wanna get a surge plug into the wall socket, we had some serious lightning strikes the other night and i could hear pops almost everytime as the surge plug took the hits. And when you are away at work it gives peace of mind. I also installed a UPS for more peace of mind. As your stock list grows so do your worries about them being ok when you are not there...

    On a side note make sure your DSB in the sump is at least 15cm high. Ive read a lot about it recently and it needs to be that thickness to be effective (but takes a few months anyway)

    What lighting u gonna run and what do u wanna keep? Corals and fish or just fish ?
     
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    Nice start, but why do you want to cycle your tank for a year and a month before adding any Live Stock? :tt2:

    I agree on the return pump issue. Rather get a Hailea pump, and a Jager Heater... I find those Via Aqua heaters malfunction, often.


    Good luck and keep asking questions!!
     
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    No man.

    Its olny a month about.
    Next month is next year jan.
    Ill have a look for one of those heaters.

    Cos i wana get myself another heater and power head aswell for prepairing water for water change 2days before a water change is needed
     
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    never really had a problem with a via been running them in all my tanks, some as long as 4 years now.... Touch wood :tt2:
     
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    Ill just get a extra heater for backup
     
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    Get a Jager heater. They wont let you down
     
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    As i said :

    DIY over your canopy for now. I wouldnt build a canopy if you going to get a lighting unit now.

    Maybe one of the guys can give you tips about a quick DIY for 2 x 54W T5's for now.
     
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