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Hey Guys !!!!

I would like to start off by saying what an awesome sight, with all the experience here
it makes life a whole lot easier. Thanks guys….

A bit of background to how it all started, a friend of mine was going overseas and decided to give me his tank, the tank was only a little 60l with some fish and live rock. So I thought ok lets give this a bash, I added a few things like a sump some mushrooms ect. this all happened last year Oct 2008.

So as you all no I’m now hooked so I decided to build a bigger tank, I now have a 250l excluding sumps. More technical info lata.


Thanks once again guys.:)
 
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hey flipwhip:) really nice to have you here, its great to have such a brains trust and knowledge bank at ones finger tips isnt it:)

thats a very nice friend you have there, not only did they give you a tank but then hooked you into spending all your playstation time on a worthwhile hobby:)

what sort of stock do you have in the nano and how did you add that sump?

happy posting on masa, ask lots of questions theres just so much to learn:)
 

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Welcome to MASA, hope you enjoy it here. There are loads to learn on this site.
Please share more with us by posting pics :)
 

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masahello

welcome and start a thread in the member setup section
 

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That looks nice man, can you post a pic of the full sump?
 

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Too quick for me :p
 
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So obviously the fist pic is the display tank and the second the sump, now the sump on the left iv filled up with playsand and aragonite (from the old tank) to create a DSB. The sand is filled to about where the blue sponge is on the right, do you think I should go deeper? +- 150mm

And am i on the right track?? Please guys advise is most welcome
 

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Your sump setup actually needs to be the other way around. Meaning the overflow pipe from the tank must flow into the skimmer area first, then over the DSB (deep sand bed), then into the return chamber to be pumped back to tank. Not sure you can do that with this setup, so alternatively you can add a 15cm fine sand bed in the deep compartment. You will need to put a container of some sorts on top of the sand to prevent the overflow pipe from causing a sand storm. I would remove those filter media in the second compartment - it will trap detritis in the long run and cause water quality issues, and leave the skimmer and return pump as is.
You must just make sure that you top up is done regularly to prevent the skimmer pump from running dry. It is actually better to have a constant level of water around the skimmer not to hamper performance by fluctuating water levels.
What water do you use to top up when there is evaporation?
 
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I use RO water, I actually have a LFS walking distance from my place very handy. So thanks for the advise i will have a rethink and redesign the filtration system.
 
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flip that all looks great:) well ok the top part:)

the sump needs some changes and tobes has you moving in the right direction, especially as its all backwards at the moment. But those ceramic balls and things should def come out:)

personally i wouldnt stress too much about that sump for now....the dsb was a good idea and i should think you have enough depth for the over flow not to cause too much of a disturbance. But as you are looking at the 250l i would skip doing too many major changes in there and get the 250l right:)

the aquascaping looks nice, but some how that central piece at the bottom looks a little out to me. i would move it left and close that cave off totally, it will add a far better place for fish to hide and sleep in, even if that detracts from your viewing them its better for the tank and gives a little thrill when you suddenly see a fish emerge from a cave.


personally i think a RO resivoire with an auto top up is an essencial piece of equipment. its the only way one can actually get a skimmer to run as close to perfect all the time. You dont have space, but maybe a container on one of the shelves with a pipe drilled through into the return section would work. I would def look at that if i were you:)
 
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also flip i see you are using sera test kits. ive never used them but some say they arent the most accurate. if the lfs so close to you uses something else get him to run a test on all parameters for you, well the main ones at least:)
 
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