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  1. baaienaar

    baaienaar

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    Hi all,

    I'm setting up an MJ Baolai display tank in my family room, measuring 2m(L) x 0,6(W) x 0,87(H) with an undertank-mounted compartmented multi-weir sump system measuring 1,9(L) x 0,4(W) x 0,5(H) which houses a protein skimmer, 20 kgs of smaller live rock, a 20 kg DSB, and finally, a sump return pump. In-tank water streaming is generated via 2 x Tunze streams plus 2 x smaller powerheads and 1 x wave maker which, I hope, will create sufficient surge. Filtration is completed with 60 kgs of live rock on a 5cm fine sandbed inside the tank.

    I'll look at carbon and/or phosphate reactors, ozone and an RO unit, etc based on the performance of the system during "breaking in", as I'm only looking at housing some soft corals, LPS and fish. It has always been a dream of mine to own a tank with a healthy Sun Coral in it, so I'll do what I have to to accomplish this.

    I plan to take it very slow and be as patient as can be. Any advice will be greatly appreciated and I will also be in the market for some healthy stock to be sourced locally in the greater Gauteng area, so let me know if you have stock available.

    Regards
     
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  3. Singularity

    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    hi and welcome to masa, klink lekka, hoekom jy naar ? :p

    The RO unit you should get before filling up the tank
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA!
    What skimmer and lighting you planning baaienaar?
     
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    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Welcome to MASA - enjoy the ride.
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome. talk to Tom, he did very well with a sun coral, hard work though.


    ex-baaienaar
     
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    Sounds like a great system you're setting up there :thumbup: Might need a bit more live rock, though...


    Agreed with Singularity - you should make use of an RO filter from the start. Include it it in your planning from the start, and add an auto topup while you're at it.

    You don't say anything about lights - what lights are you going to use - on such a deep tank I would recommend that you go for metal halides (MH's), supplemented with some T5's in 10 000K and Actinic.

    That's the only way to long-term success :1:

    Best of luck.

    Hennie
     
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    welcome baaienaar! sounds like an awesome tank you're setting up, where in pretoria are you?

    cheers
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    :)
     
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    Welcome
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Welcome to MASA!
    Please post pictures of your setup, sounds like you're off to a good start. Just a Q: You said you still want to get a RO unit, so did you get RO water from a LFS or friend or did you use tap water?
     
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    welcome boet,post some pics for us already!:)
     
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    welcome welcome
     
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    I following was sent to my PM, but I think baaienaar actually meant to post it on this thread...

     
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    Could I suggest that you post your plans, etc. here on MASA for comment BEFORE you buy any more equipment - be will often be able to recommend better/cheaper alternatives (such as using cheap play sand instead of paying R1000's for aragonite...) which will work just as well, without making the petshops rich...

    Hennie
     
  16. Moolis Moolman

    Moolis Moolman Pet Stop SA Sponsor

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    HI

    HI

    Hope the new water is in and the tank is up and running when you read this.:p

    YES keeping it slow and reading a lot will ensure that those SUN's would thrive:thumbup:

    MOOLIS
     
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  17. Punk

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    eina bl!ksem nou voel ek nie so bad oor my uitgawes sover nie :)

    let us know before you buy any more, we'll save you loads of $$$
     
  18. baaienaar

    baaienaar Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    Dankie man- soos ek vroeer aangedui het, ek was onbewus van julle toe ek aanvanklik gekoop het en Moolis hulle by Pet Stop is great. Teen 70 sent 'n liter koop ek eerder my 'top-up' water by hulle totdat my tenk gestabiliseer is en ek seker is van ander dinge soos addisionele beligtingsbehoeftes ens. Dan gooi ek my huidige 'canopy' af en bou 'n tenk-tot-plafon een wat 2 x 400 W MH's en RO en Ozone voorsiening kan huisves. Ek sit nou klaar 'n fosfaat reaktor en addisionele Uv filter in, so dan dink ek ek sal 'sorted' wees.:thumbup:
     
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    Guys please stick to English, not all our member praat die taal.;)
     
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    sounds great!

    we should keep it english, just now we get banned :lol:

    i'm the last to comment on this but the guys with lots of years experience will tell you to keep it as simple and natural as possible, less things that can go wrong, i.e. rather just have a DSB (deep sand bed, preferably in-sump combined with a refugium) and/or an ATS (algae turf scrubber) than fancy nitrate reactor etc.

    but i think you have most of the important bases covered, i think Anthony Calfo (experts please chip in here thanks :)) once said that the order of importance for a successful reef is:
    - feed your corals
    - have adequate flow
    - skim heavily
    - have adequate lighting
     
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    baaienaar Thread Starter

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    Keeping it English

    Sorry guys,
    I am new, and a Dutchman, which I suppose should qualify for forgiveness on the back of a sincere apology. It won't happen again.:p
     
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