New Tank Specs

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Zuv, 28 Jun 2009.

  1. Zuv

    Zuv Zuv & Brend's

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    Hi all

    Firstly, thanks for the warm welcome to MASA and to all of you who gave useful information on how to capture our mantis shrimp! We were successful in removing the critter!

    Some of you wanted to know some details of our tank, so here we go:

    The tank has a bit of history... it was purhased in the early 90's by my father with the intention of starting a marine tank. He did so, but the tank only lasted a few months. He then changed it to a freshwater tank and kept mainly Malawi Chiclids.
    My wife bugged me into going saltwater, so we decided to give it a go!

    4 foot tank (1200mm x 600mm x 600mm) with internal filtration system (at the back).We removed the undergravel filter.
    Sander protein skimmer
    For circulation: 1 x 2000l p/h, 2 x 1500l p/h, 1 x 1200l p/h pumps.
    300W Heater
    In the trickle filter we removed bioballs and porcelain and replaced with live rock with a 1 x 1200l p/h pump for circulation and a bit of filtration sponge.
    4 x 4 foot thin flourescent tubes for lighting ( 2 x white, 2 x blue)

    After we had a bit of brown algae, we added carbon.

    Current salinity is 1.026, PH is 8.0.

    Tank has been running for 8 weeks, but with salt for 6 weeks, and with live rock for 3 weeks.

    Today we introduced 3 hermit crab, 2 snails and 1 peppermint shrimp!

    Battling with photos, how do you post small ones? Will send others later
    If you wanna know anything else, let us know!
     
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  3. schaun

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    It all sounds good.
    Buy what I’m not getting my head around is the fact that your wife bugged you to start.
    Mine would love me to leave my tank and give her the extra attention.
    You are a very fortunate and lucky man!
     
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    Zuv you lucky mate my wife supports me to
     
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    Sounds good Zuv but is the silicone still OK on that tank?
     
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    Zuv that sounds great. Lovelly when a tank has a history. Tony has a good question there, def worth checking out the seals on that tank though.

    Great to hear that you have had LR in for three weeks now. Thats the start of the cycle period. What I am a little concerned about is that you dont mention testing results at all, have you gotten any test kits and what are they ?

    also to have added live stock into there at this stage sounds a little early to me, especially if you havent tested. So please dont add anything more for a while and get a full set of water parameters so you know what the environment is that the LS will be going into:)

    hows the LR doing, are you seeing much life comming out of it as hitchhikers yet?
     
  7. Zuv

    Zuv Thread Starter Zuv & Brend's

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    We do have a test kit which tests for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and Ph. All of which are fine.
    Ph is at 8.0
    Salinity about 1.024/5

    Lots of life coming out of the live rock
     
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    Zuv Thread Starter Zuv & Brend's

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    API (test kit), I think, will have to check later at home
     
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    Zuv Thread Starter Zuv & Brend's

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    Silicone

    I hope so did not think about that! i would presume that the durability would be more threatened in a marine environment not as much as in fresh water in which the tank spent most of its life? Have not seen any leaks "touch wood!!!".
     
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    Zuv Thread Starter Zuv & Brend's

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    Water Test

    Water is fine as you can see above.
    PH is a bit low, no Nitrate or nitrite and no ammonia. Do you think we should test for alkalinity and possibly something else? Another concern I have is the Salinity as our gravity tester is not consistant and always varies by about 4 points from the pet shops tester can you suggest an alternative "non expensive".
     
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