My First tank

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  1. BELL

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    Hi all new tank up and running 1week.
    Specs Displaytank 1500Lx500Hx450W
    sump 500lx550hx300w
    450E reefteck skimmer
    2x 200w heaters
    105 2500l/h pump
    no105s circulation pump
    1x power head
    uv light sterilizer
    only got 2lights one blue and one white
    17kg live semi cured rock
    Did my first tests ph 9,kh 7,no2 0,no3 0,saliniti 25.
    What do you think? :thumbup:
     
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  3. Pete

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    Hi Bell what test kits are you useing. Your Ph is to high you must aim for between 8.2 and 8.4 give your no3 and no2 time as the tank will start its cycle soon and what would your Ammonia reading be.
     
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    Hi Bell, Welcome

    Tell me whats in your sump exept for the skimmer? That tank is the same size as mine, How about some pics?
     
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    Oh yes forgot where are the pics
     
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    bio balls then ceramic things then pump and uv light am trying to load pics.
     
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    The aquascaping is awesome maybe some pics of the sump...:whistling:
     
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    Hey there Bell - Dont hate me for this but the bio balls and ceramics are a :nono:
     
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    Why? Then what must i put in....:lol:
     
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    Does your skimmer work with the water so far up? Mine skims WAY too wet if it is over the Reeftek collar
     
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    Basically what happens is that the bioballs and ceramic rings catch alot of detritus and then you have a huge nitrate "factory" producing toxic chemicals that eventually will lead to the tank crashing - how long is the tank running?
     
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    They trap detritus and can cause nitrate spikes. Rather have a Deep Sand Bed and a refugium in yr sump. Is that one of those closed lid sumps with the sliding doors? If so I think I know where you got it from :) What I did was remove the baffle second from the left and made that into a Fuge/dsb

    I am in Fourways gardens, just round the corner from you - hook up if you have any issues chap
     
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    good eyes mnd! Agree with him Bell the skimmer needs to be lifted dude
     
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    If this sump is the same as the one that came with my tank (I prob know where from too) I really battled to get that damned skimmer working - had it on an ice cream tub eventually and battled to get the damn cup off...


    Good thing is, I have been through it and know all the tricks ;)
     
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    what is wet it seams to be working.
     
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    Yes it is. what is a fuge/dsb. would like some help. been doing this for 2weeks.
     
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    Will be running 12days today live rock only 1week they have changed colour going brown.
     
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    Wet means that there is a lot of water going into the cup - skimmate should be dark and smelly, not clear.

    Hmmmm, dont like those sumps, but you can make do.

    I would suggest you read the following threads

    Starting a Marine Tank - Beginner Discussions

    Acronyms, abbreviations - Beginner Discussions

    Cheers Marc
     
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