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  1. bluefronted

    bluefronted

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    Hi Guys,

    I've introduced myself under the "New Members" forum.

    I have a well made stand made from timber , base,top,etc. This stand used to hold 3 individual fresh watertanks , with a total dimension of 1800x 450 x 450mm.

    I will now build one big tank to the above size. Please check the list I have below and advise if I've missed anything , please do recommended brands, specs , ,etc.
    being doing some reading !!

    My Shopping List - Fish & Coral Setup
    Tank - 1800x 450x 450mm , glass thickness ??
    Live Rock - How much ??
    Sand , Rocks - How much , what kind ??
    Lights - 2 x 10000K White + 1 x 20000K Blue ??
    Skimmer - type, size , brand ??
    Filter - type, size , brand
    Heater - size ( kW's)
    Air Pump - ??
    Thermometer - ??
    Hydrometer - is this required ??
    Sea Salt - what brand , how much ??
    Test Kits - suggestions
    Sump - How big

    *** I would like to have a tank with most items hidden

    Your assistance will be appreciated.
     
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  3. ml

    ml

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    HI bluefronted,
    Tank 10mm
    LR-about 150kg
    Sand-sugerfine argonite or reggies playsand.
    Lights- thats to litte try for somthing like a complete housing with 2X MH 150W. and 2X 54W T5's
    Skimmer the bigger the better Octo Reef is the best.
    Filter- SUMP.... 3 Chambers.
    Heater- Jager 300W
    NO NEED FOR A AIR PUMP.
    Thermometer - Yes
    Hydrometer - Yes
    Sea Salt - wel u need 600 liters so Real Ocean is good
    Sump - 1.2 M wil be fine for u or a 4ft
    Test Kits - Topic Marine

    Hope it helps
    Morne
     
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    150Kg of rock is way too much. The total tank volume is 365L so 50Kg is enough I would say.
     
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    see answers in red
     
  6. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hope my answers help

    Just remember to research the tank properly, read the biginners section and ask lots of questions and this will be a rewarding hobby for you !
     
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    bluefronted Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for the info.

    What's DSB ?? I also read that people are replace their powerheads with Wavemakers , you thaughts
     
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    Hey and welcome. A DSB is a deep sand bed you use in the sump as a form of biological filtreation(see forum-deep sand beds under filtration for more info). Powerhead has an disadvantage as it only causes flow in one even stream. Some use wave makers but normally most of us use marine pumps. they distrabute the flow of the water in an even flow around the tank. They are ball shape with the propeller in the middle...
     
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    Neil H , what is sps ?? "that should be fine for most corals given the shallow depth of the tank, but if you go the sps route you will need to upgrade for sure "

    Any suggestions on a marine pump ?
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    SPS is a group of corals small polyp stoney corals (SPS), they are the stick like corals with amazing colours..... they need excellent water quality and huge amounts of light to thrive.

    Marine pumps

    you could go for seio's in the main tank for flow, or sunsun's make a very competitively priced option

    return pump should be rated at about 3 to 4 times your tank volume (i.e. the water moves through your sump 3 to 4 times every hour) in your case take the main tank (display tank or DT) of 360L plus another 100L odd for the sump, multiply this by 3 or 4 and you need about 1500L to 1800L per hour pumped back to the display tank at the correct head (as your pump pumps higher (head) it works less efficiently i.e. a pump rated at 2000L ot 1m head will not pump 2000L at 1.5m head) also factor in some reduction in flow based on the number of 90 deg angles the pipe from the sump to the DT has, drop the efficiency by 5 to 10% per 90 deg turn
     
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