My new 4ft Tank

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  1. FoundNemo

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    So i finally have a tank worth posting :) I am a keen reefer, started on a TL5500 have had it almost 2 years, 2 weeks ago i took the leap and ordered a 4ft tank about 360litres from my lfs

    Still in my cycling process (2nd week) once tank is ready i will transfer everything over from my TL

    Thus far got the following
    • Custom LED setup in hood, has a remote and about 16 colours and settings and what not (for viewing purposes only)
    • Bubble Magus C3.5 Skimmer
    • 4000l/ph return pump
    • 500watt heater
    • about 70lt sump 4 chambers (sealed unit)
    • DIY auto top up unit
    • Various small bits and bobs like digital thermometer, wavemaker, constant ammonia detector, internal power filter ect
    • Did a nice upgrade in sump area with a 10watt flood light plan is to grow some chaeto
    • Oddyssea Quad T5 lighting with moonlight
    Might have forgotten some things

    this weeks focus is mainly to tidy my wiring up , timers will only be transferred once my cycle is done

    Will update as i go along

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    Nice looking tank. Lots of potenial. I would remove the sponge from the overflow. Also I would remove the ceramic rings as they are known nitrate factories (the bioballs as well). I will replace the rings with seachem Matrix or even Orca Bio cubes. If you want to keep the bio balls you will need to give them a stir every now and then or else they trap detris which in turn add to your nitrates.
     
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    yeah i have read exactly the same, but came with the setup they built

    I am doing a dsg and some chaeto in sump

    will look into the seachem matrix and orca bio cubes thanks
     
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    Very nice setup, hope you enjoy every minute of it! :)
    Is that little box on the left built into the display tank?
     
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    I am thank you very much did my dsb in the sump yesterday will post pics tonight.

    You mean the overflow? yeah it is
     
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    Smallish Update


    I did my DSB in the sump with some Cheato in there as well, i did SEED the DSB with some from my old tank
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    Seeded my display tank as well and then just did some scaping not wonderful waiting to transfer more rocks over
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    Your tank is starting to take shape, I like the arc style rockscape :)
    Looking forward to seeing the final scape!
     
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    @FoundNemo I would rather remove the dsb as they are only really effective if the surface area is at least 80% of the surface area of your display and leave the cheato in there by itself.
     
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    thanks i am not the greatest when it comes to scaping but super excited myself to see what i can do once i have all my rocks in

    O right hahaha didnt know that :) thanks for the headsup, I am planning on replacing it with orca bio cubes just waiting for my lfs to get it in, i did the dsb like that as sand is from my old tank so want to help it seed, the balance i threw in the display tank
     
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    That is not how a DSB should work. Yours is a sand filter as in swimming pool setup. A DSB should have water running across it, and not through it. The top part of the sand is aerobic. The bottom part becomes oxygen deprived and therefor anaerobic. With a flow through setup you got only the aerobic part. It will do wonders with the first part of the nitrogen cycle, but will not complete it.

    Rather replace with Seachem Matrix. It does the same job as a DSB. Although when setup in a fast flow area it will be mostly aerobic. Slow flow will tend to become more anaerobic.
     
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    what you got is more a Fluidised sand bed filters.
    Google it. there info on them.

    Not very commonly in use.
     
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    Some updates since my last post

    • Decided to leave my Fluidised sand filter hahaha didn't even know it had a name
    • Added a BM Mini Reactor with Aqua Codes pellets
    • Added a RW8 (this is so worth it)
    • Finally added the rest of my sand from the old tank
    • Carbon and matrix
    • Against the advice of some i am staying with the noodles as the lady at my lfs swears by them :)

    I already wanna upgrade to the ZETLIGHT 6600 eish, this weekend i am gonna add some pc fans as i am having heating issues

    Livestock As follows;
    1x Blue Tang aka Dory
    2x Clowns
    1x Bluestreak Wrasse
    1x Green Chromi
    1x Picasso Trigger
    2x Pajama Cardinal
    1x Magnificent Wrasse (unconfirmed on this name)
    1x Fire Goby
    2x Cleaner Shrimp
    1x Fireshrimp
    1x Blue Face Goby
    1x Sand Shifting Star Fish
    1x Hermit
    1x Unicorn Tang
    1x Maderan
    2x turbo snails
    1x unconfirmed snail that goes under the sand :)

    Zoas
    Pulsing
    Bubble tip anemone
    Cabbage Corals
    Some mushrooms

    That's me sorted for live stock I can finally start with some sps in the weeks to come

    pics to follow later tonight
     
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    Some random pics of the tank, scaping looks alot different now since i added all my LR from my old tank

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    okay time for an update haven' o in a while

    Livestock As follows;
    1x Blue Tang aka Dory
    2x Clowns
    1x Bluestreak Wrasse
    1x Green Chromi
    2x Pajama Cardinal
    1x Magnificent Wrasse (unconfirmed on this name)
    1x Fire Goby
    2x Cleaner Shrimp
    2x Diamond back Gobies
    1x Sand Shifting Star Fish
    1x Hermit
    1x Unicorn Naso
    1x Lipstick Tang
    1x Maderan
    2x turbo snails
    1x unconfirmed snail that goes under the sand :)

    Corals
    Various Zoas
    PulsingXenia
    Bubble tip anemone
    Green Tip anenome
    Cabbage Corals
    Some mushrooms
    Awesome Clam
    Purple tip nemie

    After a power cut not so long ago, my tank reverse siphoned itself and had to clean it 1am not fun, even after I had my holes drilled in the pipe.

    So I fitted a BIG BOY none return valve and a shut off (pics attached)

    Added a Dosing pump gonna dose
    Calcium Chloride
    Magnesium Chloride
    Baking Soda

    Also added a distribution board to my hardware list, cleaned up all the wiring as well also 2 timers for my lights. This mod was 2 days worth of work but so worth it. O and a 12v fan mod which i had on another thread works very well

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    Like the DIY skills there. Definitely looks neater. :thumbup:
     
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    Looking great! I'm waiting for my 4ft Upgrade to be built. Glad to see that you are getting along nicely. The DB board is very neat and definitely right way to go.
     
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    Some more pics.... tank really maturing nice getting great caroline growth and got some green shrooms, pin cushion frag, clam, xenia's, blue shoorms, hairy shrooms, cabbage some red zoa's and some kenyans might have missed a couple.... also discovered a mussel on a rock.

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    Love the wrasse. Don't those 2 gobies fight?
     
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