Nero’s salty fish bowl

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So after weeks and weeks of not so patient waiting and gathering supplies my new tank finally arrived yesterday!

Display tank is about 450liters and sump about 100. Still busy with the plumbing...took a bit longer than expected...

Can’t wait to fill it up, hopefully today. My live rock has been cycling in a 100liter drum for about a month with some bacteria and supplements so will add that later today as well. Will try upload pictures from my phone now...
 
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Really nice looking tank @Nero19 will definetly be tagging along with the build!

Sounds like you at least going to be able to have it stocked in no time considering that your rock is already so to say alive. Im sure you going to be adding arag alive to assist with the process :).
 

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Sump setup is different than the usual.
Closer picture please.

Plus what filtration media so you have in mind?
 
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Sump setup is different than the usual.
Closer picture please.

Plus what filtration media so you have in mind?
Will take a closer pic when I get home, that’s the way it was built for me by a petshop. Do you think it’s a problem?
Skimmer first compartment, small slot for filter wool, then over into a compartment that will have few small live rocks at bottom but in essence will be a refugium, then bubble trap then return. Do you think I should have it changed?
 
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Interesting design. Would like to see it in action and what benefits are there from that.

What media will you use?
 
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Interesting design. Would like to see it in action and what benefits are there from that.

What media will you use?
Was thinking skimmer and filter wool for mechanical and then live rock and macro algae for biological/chemical. Any suggestions?
 
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Was thinking skimmer and filter wool for mechanical and then live rock and macro algae for biological/chemical. Any suggestions?
Maybe some seachem matrix in a basket. You can also mount a filtersock that your overflow line sits in. Where will you add the macro algea so it doesnt come into contact with pumps?
 
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Sorry i see the filter sock is there already. Also looks like skimmer will sit to deep in the water. You want it around 22-25cm submerged. Maybe look at running some carbon in a bag in between those baffles. Phosguard also an option. Bio cubes also takes up a small space and only needs an airstone. Can work perfect near your skimmer since there is space available in that first chamber
 
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First chamber where skimmer is looks way too deep but could also just be the photo or I'm missing something
The guy said I must first check at which depth my skimmer works best then he will build a small vented glass box to put it on
 
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Thank you
Sorry i see the filter sock is there already. Also looks like skimmer will sit to deep in the water. You want it around 22-25cm submerged. Maybe look at running some carbon in a bag in between those baffles. Phosguard also an option. Bio cubes also takes up a small space and only needs an airstone. Can work perfect near your skimmer since there is space available in that first chamber
Thank you for the input Dian will look into that. According to them the middle refugium section’s design causes the macro algea to turn/spin because of the way the water moves through it. Might add some type of screen in that bubble trap to be safe and make sure no algae goes to last compartment
 
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Small update. Tank filled and running. Still working out the timing between return and overflow. Still need to add a lot of things to the sump, flows well but not happy with the last compartment (bubble trap), think it should have been higher or something. Is that what you were referring to @RiaanP?

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I tried the depths mentioned above for the skimmer. How do you detemine the right depth initially when it skims so wet?
 

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Turn the retrun pump around, inlet to the right, further away from last divider.
And if you can, increase water depth on last chamber.

The distance the water falls down sucks in bubbles that will be picked up by return pump.
 
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Really nice tank. Really nice progression so far. Keen to see the progress. Definitely following this thread
 
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Turn the retrun pump around, inlet to the right, further away from last divider.
And if you can, increase water depth on last chamber.

The distance the water falls down sucks in bubbles that will be picked up by return pump.
Thank you will do that today
 

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