my tank, eventually

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  1. martinkeyser

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    hey hey, eventually after 6 weeks of cycling in huge buckets and preparing for the big day, it happened!
    The tank is in, water looks lovely, snail is more than happy, or so i think. water parameters are all stiil very low after 2 days and the 2 new hermit crabs are having a feast in the sump.
    should i still be expecting a spike, or mini cycle or would it already have started?[​IMG]
     
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    It's really still a little early to start stocking the tank. Parameters can still be a little unstable.
     
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    The engine room![​IMG]
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    i had to imprivise to fit it all in.
    in the red box is the orca 100 skimmer that overflows onto a 500mm by 350mm deep sand bed, 150mm average, then into the pump compartment with two pumps.
    one returns to the dt and the other to the ats.
    in order to keep the energy savers dry i drilled 50mm holes in the cabinet and placed them outside he sump in a stainless steel housing(next to the chiller) to reflect all the light trough the glass to the ats that is about 30mm from the glass.
    in the sump is a small t5 flourescent that shines onto the other side of the ats and dsb.
    has anyone tried this before, think it will work?
     
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    thanx brent, the dsb and live rock were cycling for about 6 weeks. think it helped a lot
     
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    Just keep an eye on your parameters and lots of patients.:thumbup:
     
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    `im like a young child with a new toy.
    testing daily.
    will definately give it another while before adding the first fish.
    what fish would be a suitable choice for a newby. something hardy thet might handle the odd mistakes a newby would make?
     
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    Interesting sump design , quick question I see the water level over the DSB is quite high have you made provisions for power cuts? And the overflow?
     
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    looks good, just be carefull of your chiller overheating in the cupboard, they need good ventilation.
     
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    hmmm, the overheating with the chiller worried me a bit too, thought of installing a fan.
    tested the sump when the power switches off and where it is now is the absolute max. just makes it. have a gennie that starts up when power goes out so hopefully i won`t have a marine house.
     
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    Looking good man. I know how it feels, the waiting seems endless and one just wants to fill up your tank with all those amazing creatures. But I assure you it is worth the wait.
    I was looking at your setup and I also sought the chiller in the cabinet. It is going to be summer soon and when that chiller starts doing its work in there it is going to heat up in there quite a bit, and the warmer it gets the les efficient it will be. So I sagest a silent computer fan or to behind the chiller, just to take out all the warm humid air. It will also help your plugs and other steel stuff last longer.
    Or you can simply put the chiller next to the cabinet. Make your aquarium look all sophisticated with it standing next to it.
    I wish you all the luck with your setup and hope all works out.
     
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    thanx schaun
     
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    schaun, how`s your tank build going?
     
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    Should actually start posting.
    Things are moving very slow as the finances started to dry up with the recession and all.
    I finished the stand and painted it, and then someone reminded me that the salt water even corrodes paint.
    So now I’m going to galvanize the stand and the light unit. I’ve got some rails up on the ceiling that I want to hook my lights on so that I can move them out the way when I want to do stuff in the tank and for bulb changes. Glass arrived a month or so ago but things are not in place to start the build.
    Starting to plan my filter room but feeling a bit clueless at this stage. Guess things will come to me as I go along.
    Bought X2 1000L tanks for the R.O water and the salt water. Started to set them up last week.
    Think I should start a thread for this build.
     
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    Good idea, i`ll watch out for when you start
     
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    i have a coral:slayer:
    it1s a bit difficult to take a pic of, came with the live rock.
    found a pic on the forum. it looks like this
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    The ATS / Scrubber should work. Maybe the 50mm holes is a lot limiting, where one bigger cut opening will let a lot more light fall onto it. I would have fitted it a bit heigher.
    This is the problem with these cabinets with the solid plank down the middle.
     
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    Looking good. If you're testing daily for ammonia and you aren't getting any then you should be OK
     
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    thanx riaan and tony.
    any suggestions on the first fishy?
     
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    Depends on your experience with marine tanks. I started with Blue Yellow tail damsels. Not everybody likes them, but they are hardy little fish and excellent to start your marine career with. They are territorial, but each take about 30*30cm area at the bottom of the tank. Your tank look big enough for two.
    Just make sure you are not sold the Devil Damsel ( the name says it all).
     
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    They are ALL devil damsels.:whistling:
     
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