My setup

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  1. frankie fish

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    :wave2:Hi guys,I started on this site yesterday,so i just wanna give you a brief background. I started the hobby about 4years ago,started with a relatively big tank,and ja, i made a lot of mistakes, and greedy petshop owners nearly had me giving it up. I eventually converted to a smaller tank,with lots of corals which i propegated,and it all went well until the wooden canopy/cabinet caved in,destroying my hard work. Now,late last year i started with my new tank,1800*700*700,with a sump,1500*500*500. i originally started with what i had left,and thought of keeping it FOWLR,but then i decided against it,and recently i started slowly with some inverts ect. Here is a few pics i have, thing are going good, some snails laid eggs,got babies, my Moorish idol is eating, and very lively. The eel is not bothering the crusty's ( i only have a boxing shrimp and decorator crab thus far)[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    It's still very empty,But i'm working on it.:yeahdude::yeahdude::yeahdude::yeahdude::yeahdude::yeahdude::yeahdude::yeahdude:
     
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    That's so cool!:thumbup: really like your cabinet as well. I'm just getting started myself :)
     
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    :peroni: looking Great in imo
     
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    Thank you,here's a pic of my decorator crab,shy as hell,but i will get a better pic soon[​IMG]
     
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    Nice going there!!!:biggrin: How's a list of livestock?:whistling:
     
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    i"m having
    (2) large regal tangs
    (2) Clownies
    (2) pajama cardinals
    (1) Moorish idol
    (1) Threadfin Butterfly, which became a bit problematic
    (1) Snowflake eel
    (1) Decorator crab
    (1) Boxing shrimp
    (1) African clown
    (1) Bi-coloured angel
    (1)Coral beauty
    Then i also stared with some button polyps,zenids of sum sort, a small leather
     
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    Cool dude...how long have you had the Moorish Idol?

    Have heard that they are difficult to keep healthy and happy for long!
     
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    Looks very nice.... but

    Those bio-balls and crushed coral in the sump will cause water quality issues later on - you will have high nitrates as the bio-balls does not convert nitrates to nitrogen - this is where a deep sand bed is better as it does it all.
    Also, a moorish idol? :(
    How many flow pumps you have inside the tank? Looks like you need more flow.

    PS - try to post your pictures underneath each other rather than next to each other ;) (press enter after each pic)
     
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    Thanx for the advice,will do so. I have the moorish for about 3months now,and its looking good thus far. I'm also having 1 SP3800,and a 5000l/h wave/pulsating pump
     
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    o ja,tobes,what do u suggest i do with the filter setup? i'm open for suggestions,coz my parents and brother lives in kzn,should i collect sand when i go there,or is there anybody around jhb,vaal or ? that can help me?
     
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    Nice size tank, Looking good.
     
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    Frankie - Very nice tank - awesome lifestock!. Would you please mind posting your actual water parameters for me? ie. ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, phosphates, pH, kH/dkH, temperature, salinity?

    Many thanks man.
     
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    Frankie nice size tank...
     
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    Ok,the water parameters are a bit old(last week tested)
    Ph-8.3
    Kh-10
    Nitrit-0.05
    Nitrite-0.08 ( this doesn't sound true to me)
    Ca-450+
    Salinity-1.028 (bit high, i'm working on it)
     
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    tank looks awsome dude love the moorish, i have one myself. just ensure he gets a variety of foods and plenty of space to swim and he should be fine, keep an eye on him though.

    i am woried about the nitrite value though, its important that it be nil..

    you have listed nitrite twice, can you elaborate on the following:

    ammonia
    nitrite
    nitrate
     
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    For how long do you have the Moorish idol does he eat and what?
     
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    Moorish looks awesome...
     
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    Would love one of them moorish idols - Also heard the locally caught ones have better survival rates than shop bought ones - true or not?
     
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    lovely setup frankie:thumbup: awesome lifestock.love the moorish dude.
    looking good man..well done:)
     
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    True,locals are better than imports, i guess it's because of transportation stress, and the way they are caught.( i heard some fish are caught using "crackers" and cynide, is that all true????
     
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