New Member - Cleaning up marine stuff in Garage to start a reef

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  1. sandersc

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    Hi guys, my name is Sanders and I live in Paarl in the western Cape. I've had aquariums for the last 40 years (except for the last 3 years) We moved to the UK for a year to do some voluntary work at a ministry and I had to pack up everything. So most of my fish "stuff" went into storage and finally I have decided it is time! So I am going to unpack everything and see what's usable. As soon as I have done that I will start picking your brains as to skip as many likely problems as possible.

    I started keeping marine in 1996 and had a few tanks sinces then. But more about that later.

    Cheers.

    PS. Thanks for this wonderful site. I am sure this will definitely help me get back sooner and better.
     
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    please keep us posted with your progress and remember we love pics ;)
     
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    Welcome Sanders! Glad to have some more "old hands" available - I am sure that you have been through a LOT of crap already as well, when it comes to keeping Marines!
    So, you can share experience as well - and we are NEVER to old, too experienced, or to anything to learn new tricks! ;-)

    Hope you enjoy!
    Cheers!
     
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    Hey Sandersc, welcome to MASA.
     
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    Hi welcome to MASA, whereabouts in the UK were you?
     
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    Hey Sanders welcome to MASA, gr8 to have you on board.
     
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    Thanks all, I really feel welcome .Wee-man, we were up north in Lancaster and before we cme back we stayed in Frensham, Farnham for 6 months.
     
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    So apart from the rain, how did you like Lancaster?:)
     
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    Good morning everyone. I,ve actually checked what I have still available in Storage. The tank that I can use is a 1.5 X 600 X 600. I has been standing in my garage for almost 4 years without any water in it. Would the silicon still be OK? It is 10mm glass, with good reinforcing (braces) . Furtermore I have a sump 900 X 300 X 400. I do however think I want to increase its size.I also still have 2 X Berlin Red Sea Skimmers as well as a Berlin fluidized bed filter. There is also 2 HX 6500 pumps (relaively new - one Jun and one Hailida. Furthermore there are several powerheads, heaters etc. There is also about 100 kg's "dead" rock that used to be alive, some coraline gravel, sand etc.

    Regarding lights I still have old school MH's and lot of different flouresent tubes. I am however thinking of moving to a total new lighting system (T5's and MH). What do you think?

    I am also very interested in making a closed loop system instead of the powerheads. any ideas.
     
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    Oh yes Wee-Man I loved the english weather
     
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    Closed loops are great. would advise them.

    Lighting, would agree with a new rig as most lights need regular replacing.
    Maybe think of upgrading your skimmer.
    Your sump sounds fine, is it set up to be a wet dry ( loads of partitions)
    If it is, i would advise you to further investigate the use of a dsb, do a search on the forum search tool just type in dsb and you will find a good amount of reading material.

    With regards to your silicone check for sections that might be peeling away from the glass, almost brittle to the touch, if you have this then i would suggest you re-seal the tank.

    If you are going to be keeping corals i would suggest you keep the powerheads for more flow in the water column, or upgrade to high flow pumps like seio's, check the sponsor forum aquality is runing some nice boyu pumps and eco aquatics have a really nice range of seio's.

    Hope that helps.
    Good luck .
     
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    Thanks Tridan, does help.
     
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    Always a pleasure sandersc
     
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    Hi guys - Trying to find out how I can make use of this newly discovered source of information to find out if there are members who can supply me with some of the stuff I would need to get my system up and running again. One of the first things I want to do is get life into my tank and all the dead rock I have. Any ideas? Looking forward to hearing from you ALL.

    Cheers
     
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    Tell me , how do I load pictures. I found a couple of pictures from one of my tanks that was running in 2001.
     
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