My tank, but not my livestock

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  1. LuckyFish

    LuckyFish MASA Contributor

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    Finally I can post pictures of my tank. A good buddy of mine gave it to me. I revamped the sump and had the tank running for two weeks without any gravel or livestock in it. Then I switched the pumps off, because of a lack in cash for liverock and corals.

    Then another buddy of mine asked, if I could accommodate his livestock as he has to move. So I quickly switched the two pumps on, washed some gravel and arragonite and put it in. He brought all his rockwork, then all his corals and then all his fish. Everything happend within a week. I moved the few corals and a few fish I had in my cube into the new system and shut the cube off. Now it is running for a couple of weeks and I am quite happy with the result.

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  3. Dane

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    Jee wizz marcel! You've really been holding out on us! Beautiful!! A stunning tank and it was whipped together so quickly! What you doing to keep it stable?

    Kudos man! ;-)
     
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    Amazing :)
     
  5. LuckyFish

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    You don't want to know, Dane. Chop, chop, no cycle, no filter.
    I would call it a carbon powered Berlin system.
    I have to be a bit careful what I write. I might get into trouble, if I recommend it to do it my way.;)
     
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    I like the drop off kind of set-up idea........
     
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    tank is loking great.
    Post a pic of your sump, that will really get people talking.
     
  8. LuckyFish

    LuckyFish Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Son, that wasn't an idea. I just put in what I was given without having time for aquascaping. Otherwise, how is my daughter?;)
     
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    LuckyFish Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Should I? Then I have to move the dining table to take a pic. Maybe I should do a sketch up drawing, that would explain it best.
    On the other hand, there is actually nothing to see, besides a skimmer, a uplift pump and a top up. Sure, lots of water.;)
     
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    Awesome Marcel, you know my view about simple systems the less is more approach!

    I would be very happy if that were my livestock.
     
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    Thanks James. You have by far the best stocked tank I have ever seen. If you need a hand or some ideas for your new tank, let me know.
     
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    moving the dining room talbe will be a mission. Perhaps a sketchup drawing would do.
     
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    And there is an anemone in, two scooter blennies and two mandarins.:whistling:
     
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    Nice marcel. That tank looks fimiliar. You got it at a good price!!!
     
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    You might be very right with the tank, but you don't know yet what was part of the deal. I still have to fullfill my part.;)
     
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    wow man stunning!
     
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    Technically, this is not a new tank. Yes, everything together is new to each other. But live rock is fully cycled, life stock is healthy. It is the same as a tank move. Taking everything out of one tank into another, or moving house.

    Only thing that is lacking, or have to be kick started into action is a DSB. But as mentioned, there are no DSB. Just skimmer, a uplift pump and a top up. There is enough live rock to let Marcel get away without a DSB. Over time, yes then nutrient build up could become a problem, but I do believe by them Marcel would have some solution.

    Only thing Marcel needs to do is to take that temp probe wire out of the way or to the sump. :)

    Marcel, nice tank. :thumbup:
     
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    nice!
    i like the the "carbon berlin method" its what i run my one tank the berlin way, and for years its worked well...
     
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    Sure, it works when you what you are doing.
     
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    After thinking about what you wrote, I have to disagree.
    I set up a new broodstock system. After the water was in, I added natural zeolith into the filter chamber, added special blend bacteria and the following day I added 20 fish.
    Without any problems. So if you use dry liverock or dry filter media, it is the same.
    Sure it is much more stable with liverock, but still no need to cycle.
    You can set up any system with the addition of bacteria strains and bacteria food in no time. You can stock any tank with any amount of corals, but you have to be a bit careful with adding fish. To much fish in the beginning will cause trouble.
    Any tank can run without filter chamber in the sump. And a dsb is a waste of space.
     
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