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  1. robertkukla

    robertkukla

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    Hi everyone,i have just got my first reef tank , my father has had his for about 11 months now.
    i want to have a predator tank only
    i got a 5ft tank with a 4ft sump DSB.
    here is a picture of the tank with plain water in , im running it like this for a week to check for any leaks.

    the tank

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    here is the sump

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    im going to start cycling this tank in a weeks time once i am happy with the tank and it has no leaks
    i will be asking some questions once it has started cycling,
    for lighting im going to use 6 x t5 lights
    im going to have a ATS
    and a reeftek ts1 skimmer
    im going to have 2 x 2500lt per hour pumps for a the return with a 50mm outlet on the DT
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Hi and welcome!
    For fish only u don't need all those lights, are you going to keep corals?
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    robertkukla Thread Starter

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    no i wont have any corals, i will only have live rock
    what lighting do you sugest ?
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    For lights then I would choose those cheap T8 bulbs from builders warehouse, a light and ballast will be about R80, get 3 or 4 cheap whites, and suppliment with their blue 18w T8's, why pay for reef lights when normal will do. If u need help building diy units let me know
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    thank you that will save me a good amount of cash
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    The lights setup should cost about R400 max. Lights will be for visual effect so the osram cool whites and 2 blue suppliments will be awesome
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    thanks alot i will do that
     
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    Welcome buddy! I have to suggest a bigger skimmer boet. A TS1 is for a small tank. You need like a TS4. Weird that the other guys didnt pick up on that:whistling: .. lol
     
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    Welcome Dylan, son of Robert and brother of Picogirl I assume, nice to see the whole family into reefing :)

    Predator tanks are cool, when you have a fight with your girlfriend you can throw a lionfish at her :p

    Keep us posted on your tank. :)
     
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    dallasg Moderator MASA Contributor

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    a TS1 is rated for 600L, well it was until they changed the spec, marketing crap if i ask me to see the new versions.

    a ts1 is more than sufficient, my 310L system is using a TS1 fully stocked and no issues
     
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