New tank

Discussion in 'Beginner Discussions' started by WINEGUMS, 3 Feb 2011.

  1. WINEGUMS

    WINEGUMS

    Joined:
    2 Feb 2011
    Posts:
    159
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    PTA
    Hi All

    Does my tank need live rock during the cycle stage?
     
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. robertkukla

    robertkukla

    Joined:
    23 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    969
    Likes Received:
    14
    Location:
    Minnabron , JHB
    Welcome to MASA , how long has your tank been running , yes you can put live rock in the tank while it is cycling , i suggest that you post some pics so the gurus can give you a hand
     
  4. maxisoft

    maxisoft

    Joined:
    25 Oct 2010
    Posts:
    772
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Fourways, Sandton, Jhb
    Welcome to MASA.....
     
  5. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    14,543
    Likes Received:
    285
    Location:
    Gonubie East London
    welcome
     
  6. Boegie

    Boegie

    Joined:
    27 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    1,371
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    East London
    Very welcome.
     
  7. Monde

    Monde

    Joined:
    22 Sep 2010
    Posts:
    161
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    West Beach, Cape Town
    welcometomasa
     
  8. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 Sep 2009
    Posts:
    11,626
    Likes Received:
    280
    Location:
    Kempton Park
    Welcome To MASA, and the short answer to your questions is yes
     
  9. WINEGUMS

    WINEGUMS Thread Starter

    Joined:
    2 Feb 2011
    Posts:
    159
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    PTA
    Thanks. Haven't got any pics yet & I'm at work so will have to take a few pics tonight. My setup is very basic:Tank 1200x500x450 Sump 1000x350x400. I've put crushed coral in the tank,1 heater & 2 powerheads. Sump has coral fragments in first chamber with hang on skimmer,aragonite in second chamber,tubes in third chamber & return pump in fourth chamber. Setup has been running for nearly 2 weeks. The guy at the petshop gave me 4 mollys to initiate the cycle. Should I be seeing any type of life yet? Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  10. Q89

    Q89

    Joined:
    25 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    391
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Swakopmund
    First off,
    :welcome6:

    I (and others on the forum I believe) would suggest that you remove the crushed coral from your DT, and rather use aragonite (expensive) or play sand (cheaper)

    What do you mean by tubes in third chamber?

    Hope this helps;)

    Q
     
  11. Manic

    Manic Moderator

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2009
    Posts:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    58
    Location:
    Johannesburg, Edenvale
    My guess is ceramic rings.
     
  12. Q89

    Q89

    Joined:
    25 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    391
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Swakopmund
    Is mine aswell
     
  13. Tremayn

    Tremayn

    Joined:
    21 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    5,226
    Likes Received:
    69
    Location:
    Lenasia
    Welcome! When you post pics we can help you out :)
     
  14. Kanga

    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    7 May 2007
    Posts:
    4,576
    Likes Received:
    23
    Location:
    In the Koeberg blast radius
  15. WINEGUMS

    WINEGUMS Thread Starter

    Joined:
    2 Feb 2011
    Posts:
    159
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    PTA
    Thanks Kanga,will read right away!
     
  16. Tobes

    Tobes Retired Moderator

    Joined:
    30 Nov 2007
    Posts:
    9,482
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    A Beautiful place!
    Welcome to MASA.

    Using fish to start a cycle is just wrong as the tank will go through an ammonia and nitrite stage that is toxic to fish. So, I don't think you must take the advise of that petshop seriously. Ask us first here on MASA as we have a lot of guys with loads of experience that have no financial gain in helping you, unlike that petshop ;)

    BTW, where are you from? I suggest you edit your details in the user CP incase you need help then the guys in that area can offer assistance :(
     
  17. bbman

    bbman

    Joined:
    3 Feb 2011
    Posts:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    cape town
    hi guys ,

    need all the advise i can get

    just put my order in for a tank

    the size will be 1800x800x800

    need to know after this set where i can buy other equipement from at a good price,


    please be so kind and let me know ,
     
  18. erle_vaughan

    erle_vaughan

    Joined:
    6 Dec 2010
    Posts:
    644
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Warner Beach
    i found that dorry pets South Africa's largest online marine aquarium pet shop had good prices... MUCH cheaper than the petshops in my area...

    if you let people know where you are located, people in your area can give more accurate advice...

    there is also a link to the sponsors pages on the masa home page... support those guys... they will support you with advice that will save you buckets!
     
    Last edited: 3 Feb 2011
  19. WINEGUMS

    WINEGUMS Thread Starter

    Joined:
    2 Feb 2011
    Posts:
    159
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    PTA
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    This is my first attempt. Not happy with the setup. I would like to make improvements.
    Going to empty the tank in order to replace crushed coral with fine aragonite.
    I'm going to modify the sump so that it has only 3 compartments (skimmer, DSB, return). Going to remove the ceramic tubes and coral fragments.
    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  20. crispin

    crispin

    Joined:
    22 Jan 2008
    Posts:
    12,223
    Likes Received:
    160
    Location:
    Lilliehammer, Norway
    hi winegums and welcome to masa, great to have you join :)

    thats a nice tank to start off with, a few things to chmnage and nows the best time but i am sure that after a while you will get into the swing of things with the tank and salt water :)

    I dont know which pet shop you got the tank from and worse the advice ( :( ) but to be frank and blunt i suggest avoiding them like the plague if they give you advice like putting mollies in to start a cycle and to use course coral chips in a sump like that, or to a lesser degree ceramic noodles. The worst is that those mollies are being kept in environments that are not conducie to sustain fish life yet and the practice is unethical and poor at best, i see red when i think of a living thing being harmed due to being in poor conditions.

    there are a few changes you could do to the sump as you say and putting in a good skimmer will help the tank alot in the future.

    but that tank looks like a good start for now:)
     
  21. WINEGUMS

    WINEGUMS Thread Starter

    Joined:
    2 Feb 2011
    Posts:
    159
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    PTA
    Thanks for the reply Crispin
    I've been waiting for someone to get back to me.I've changed petshops because I realised this guy is just in it for the money. Dealing with Dorry's now.Anyway,I bought fine aragonite for DT,been advised to get playsand for the DSB & I'm looking at maybe a TS1 skimmer. Going to take the poor fish back to the LFS too,this time I will cycle without any! Do you have any advice regarding the compartments in the sump and essentials before trying again?
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - tank Forum Date
Macro algae in display tank - Yes or No? General Discussions and Advice Yesterday at 12:40
My 300lt Tank Medium Tanks Friday at 22:45
Any tanks for sale in Port Elizabeth Area. Wanted 24 Nov 2016
Recommended HW for 100L tank? General Discussions and Advice 20 Nov 2016
Tank Builder Anything DIY Related 17 Nov 2016
Brads Peninsula tank Large Tanks 17 Nov 2016
Advice Needed for Sale of Tank General Discussions and Advice 16 Nov 2016