New tank after 15 years

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  1. smartegoutte

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    Hi everyone

    I decided to take the plunge after last having a marine tank 15 years ago. Things have really moved on much to my amazement and I have spent many hours on the net trying to re-educate my self. I decided to recess the tank into a store room below stairs adjacent to my lounge.

    My setup so far is as follows:

    Tank is 1.4m long x 0.6m wide x 0.85 high constructed out of 12mm glass. The tank is not running yet but is in position. Have some plumbing issues that I’m currently sorting out.


    I have two 4ft tanks as my sumps. One mounted above the other. First sump holds Aqua Media skimmer, heater, live rock (currently 80kg) and filter media (white porcelain tubes). Have a mechanical filter running on this tank.

    Second sump has bio balls and 170mm deep sand bed (fine Aragonite) and return pump. Both tanks have lighting. I have a re-circulating reef octopus skimmer located between the two tanks.

    Tank lighting purchased but not installed:

    2 Off white T5 4ft Aquamedic globes
    2 Off blue T5 4ft Aquamedic globes
    3 Off 150w 20k Metal halides. Wanted to fit 2 250w but the slope of the stairwell did not allow for enough space.

    I fell very naïve to marine tanks and at times also confused by contradicting views found on the web and in LFS’s.

    Please let me know if I’m going wrong or making obvious mistakes, any help would be much appreciated.


    will post pics as soon as i work out how.


    Cheers

    Seb
     
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  3. mayet

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    hi smartegoutte and welcome to the marine family:thumbup:
     
  4. smartegoutte

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    Pics

    The sump has been running for 2 1/2 weeks. Unfortunately not uptodate don't show all sand and live rock. Sump tanks located in room behind tank. Still very much a work in progress.

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    Welcome to MASA. Looking good ther so far
     
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    Welcome, raise your dsb level.
     
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    What depth is optimum sean?
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA :)
    Awsome system yo got there. Your DSB is 17cm?That is fine!
    I would suggest you remove the bio balls as they tend to collect detritus causing a nitrate factory.
     
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    150 to 200mm
     
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    I think you should remove those bioballs and ceramic rings. they are a nitrate trap. And from your picture it seems that DSB is very shallow? You sure that is 17cms deep or did you add more after the pic was taken to get it up to 17cms? 15 cms should be enough 17cms. You Should also remove that ivecream container and instead raise the skimmer up with eggcrate because there is that nasty dead space inside the container that will create problems later on.

    We have Reef Club Meetings once a month here in durban, if you are interested have a look at the links in my Signature, it would be great to have you as a member:thumbup:
     
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    wow my message took forever to send. whats up with that?:p
     
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    smartegoutte Thread Starter

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    Hi Mekaeel

    The tank has developed a red brown algae in the live rock area would that be caused by the nitrate?

    I bought them as i saw a lot of the LFS's using them:shocked:
     
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    the LFSs use them for their Fish only setups, as sometimes you need to dose copper to remove diseases from fish and you cannot do that when you have a skimmer or a DSB on that specific system
     
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    This forum is great!

    Thanks for advice i presume that include my mechanical filter which has the smaller bio balls and ceramic tubes. Using mech filter as an alternative to phosphate reactor. I also left the carbon in it.

    The photo's are not upto date the bed is 17cm deep
     
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    sorry i dont quite get what you are asking here?
     
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    A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA, Seb! Great to have you on-board!

    Awesome system so far. GREAT SKIMMER!

    I agree with all that have been said here, so far! Just keep us up to date.

    All I want to add, is:
    - PLEASE BE PATIENT - here, in keeping marines, ONLY BAD THINGS HAPPEN QUICKLY
    - ALWAYS come and double-check everything here with us, BEFORE you purchase anything for the tank. We have nothing to gain, unlike MOST fish / pet shops who have financial interest in selling you stuff....

    Good luck with the (renewed) interest into marines!
     
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    Smarte welcome nyc looking system
     
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    That is a really nice set up you got there.
    Remember patience is key in keeping a reef tank.
     
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    Welcome to MASA
    Very nice set up you have there enjoy the forum
     
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