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  1. Richard

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    as requested I have taken a few pics of my tank and sump.
    It only 18 days old and I have taken your advise to loose the hair curlers, coral (replaced with reggies sand) and bio balls.
    The bio balls are still in the sump(far left) but taking them out slowly.
    I have also made a DSB in the sump (reggies sand) and killed all the majano anemones.
    fluidized bed filter
    protien filter
    2 x t5 lights 54w each
    live rock in sump
    DT is 300l
    sump 100l
    24 C
    1025
    still cycling
     

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    looking good man
     
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    If I were you I would change the sump now seeing that the tank is still cycling. Make it 3 chambers.

    1 = skimmer and overflow pipe from tank
    2 = DSB
    3 = return pump

    Your DSB is too small IMO and won't be as effective. You need more surface area.

    I would put the heater inside the tank and the skimmer on a pedestal of some sorts also inside the tank. Modify the sump and when the silicon is dry, connect back to system. Believe me, you have the chance now while the tank is still cycling - it's much more difficult to do when you have livestock.

    Here is my sump - very basic, but easy to work in and a lekka big DSB :)

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    cool tobes
     
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    is this better?
    do I need more sand?
    what depth should I be aiming for?

    Still a bit murky, cant believe I didnt cut myself.
     
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    welcome!

    the sand depth should be between 12-15cm
     
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    Hi richard

    Not a DSB expert but i think 15 cm is OK,

    Just a Q your inlet is on the right ? why the coral / LR pieces, they tend to cars detrius IMHO.

    Also your skimmer is far left (your return chamber ?)

    Why not just extend your inlet and move the return pump and reactor ?
     
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    is this what you guys had in mind?
    added the light .
    will add some sand.
     
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    I see you changed the overflow pipe to the skimmer compartment :thumbup:
    Now to add more sand and chaetomorpha algae (chaeto) on top of the sand.

    What light are you using? What colour range/kelvin rating?

    If you decide to not use chaeto and only the DSB, then you don't need a light. Better to have the chaeto - good for nutrient export and a nice little safe haven for pods and other critters to multiply ;)
     
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    I will be adding more sand.
    Next question.
    How easy is it to get chaetomorpha algae ?
    never seen it at my LFS?
    if I do get some what light should I be using?
     
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    thanks
    am taking them out.
    handfull a day so i dont tilt anything.
     
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    take out just the bio balls, not the pieces of live rock?
     
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    You should be able to get chaeto from a fellow reefer for free. You can use a 6500kelvin energy saver globe.
     
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    Don't think the LR will be such a huge issue in the last compartment seeing that most of the detritus will be removed by the skimmer and settle on the DSB. You can blow the LR with a turkey baster or small powerhead once a week just to make sure nothing settles anywhere ;)
     
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    All the energy saving bulbs I have looked at do not give the kelvin equivalent.

    cool white or warm white at various watts?
    which is correct?
     
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    doesnt osram make one ?
     
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    Frans, it's usually the warm white bulbs
     
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    Thanks Tony...Im not a light Guru !
     
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