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  1. Rhino

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    Good morning reefers

    Would like to take the oppurtunity to introduce myself.
    I am recently a new reefer thanks to some new friends I made ,
    I have a 1.22m x 450 x 450 tank with a corner overflow. A sump with
    A skimmer chamber a deep sand bed chamber a polish chamber and a return chamber.

    Equipment include TS 2 skimmer 300w heater 3000l/h power head 4000l/u return pump.
    Lights are 2x MH 250w bulbs with power unit with FC2 fittingsM

    Tank is currently 1 and half week in cycle system.
    Lots of big sea shells in tank and some life rock.

    Would just like to thank CW for all his help in this process thanks boet

    Regards

    Rhino
     
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    A very warm welcome to MASA, Rhino! Great to have you on-board! Please post some pics of your tank, sump, lifestock, etc.?
     
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    Hi Rhino

    Welcome to masa man, i hope you enjoy this hobby as much as i do.
    I can see your very into the research and about the different types of clown fish and so on.

    If you carry on like this there's great things to achieve.

    Good luck and remember if you dont know, MASA has some one who does.

    And lets see some pics of that tank boet.
     
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  7. Rhino

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    my tank as thus far

    I've uploaded fotos and said it was successful would have to see doning this from my phone at this stage cause I'm at work hahahaha

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    Nice Rhino! Good start! How long have the tank been running so far?
     
  9. Rhino

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    Don't have much photos with me at this stage but will post more soon
     
  10. Rhino

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    Its been running for just over a week now
     
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    Very nice @Rhino. :welcomewave: Hve fun, read, research and read some more, but most of all be patient and it will be rewarding.:)
     
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    masahello Rhino

    gr8 start so far! enjoy the ride.
     
  14. Rhino

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    Good day all

    What will be the best 3 fishes to start with
     
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    hello Rhino, welcome to masa its great to have you join:)

    that looks like a nicely set up system:) Its early days yet and i would suggest you have a while yet before looking at fish to introduce, and personally i like to add a clean up crew (cuc) before any fish. maybe in a couple of weeks look at getting some hermitts, a turbo snails, shrimps etc:)

    just a small note on the shells, regretably they often cause more hassel that good. often they trap detritus in a bad way and this leads to a loss of water quality and the associated problems that go with that. id suggest removing them if i were you:)
     
  16. Rhino

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    hi Crispin have been thinkin of removing them to be replaced by more life rock, just want to get a general idee of what fish to put in first so that I can read up on them and do my neccssary research. Like they say do the neccassary research before loosing all in the proses of being hasty.
    Thanks for the advice though will give the cuc some seriuos thought.
    Any other advice while my tenk is in the cycle period to make it more healthy for the long awaiting D day?
     
  17. crispin

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    LR to replace those shells would be great for the tank. bar better use of space, increases your filtration, adds life and creates habitat for lots of things to live on:) win win win situattion:)

    while you cycle there is lots to do and lots going on. I am a little weird but i love the cycle period of a tank and i always cycle longer than in necessary, but that helps me later on with good stable tanks. For now there will be lots of small creatchures starting to recover from the shock of being put into the new tank. have a careful look at the rocks and you will see small pods, bristle worms, sponges, perhaps the odd coral starting to get a foot hold and grow. I used to take a torch with a red paper filter over the front and have a look at the 'night life' thats going on in there. you'd be amazed and it helps pass the time while things settle and establish:)

    While you are cycling you could also add some bio cubes in a bag in the sump to increase the bacterial population and that will help greatly with the cycle periods. I would also suggest a good phosphate remover in a recator if at all possible as that helps keep algae levels down.

    you will see things start happening quite soon, sand going brown, and the glass with diatoms, but they will burn themeselves out. You may see some algae start to grwo, most often green hair algae, some cotton algaes etc which are all good and help the tank establish.

    those tiny pods I was saying you should be seeing at night will start eating algaes for you and will establish a populations. they are massivley important to a stable healthy tank and i like to hold off on fish that would predate them for a while as they do a great job at cleaning up detritus for us, and fown the back bone of the live food available to fish when you first introduce them. thats very important as often fish that have been taken out the ocean dont recognise the foods we give them as being food. it takes them a while and having a pod population for them to feed on often gives them a chance to recover, get fat and settle down faster.

    if you are getting itchy fingers and cant wait to do something on your tank while its cycling, id suggest looking at things like your random flow pattern. see how well the pumps move water around and check that there arent any 'dead spots' where detrirus is settling. Play with the rocks and get your aquascape as you want it, perhaps gluing some pieces together so they dont fall.
     
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    eish, all that writting just on what you can do while cycling a tank and without even talking about a fish or coral....there realy is lots going on in there start having a look:)
     
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  20. Rhino

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    Good day guys just added so more life rock to my system coming along nicely now

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    I found this little guy in my tank yesterday can anyone tell me what and who this little guy is

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