Newbie, my 280L corner pentagon

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  1. jra406

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    First off, thanks for the great site with the great info and great contributors / experts. I have had several smaller freshwater tanks over the years and after researching on this site for the past couple of months I have finally taken the plunge, and had my tank set up a few weeks ago (April 21st).

    Below are the pics I took today after rearranging the live rock and the sump. Doing first water tests tomorrow to see how the cycling is going.

    Looking for any feedback on tank as it progresses, thoughts, ideas, etc! Any feedback and help is appreciated.

    some basics...
    Main tank is +/- 280L with sump +/- 60L (live rock in sump)
    +/- 20KG live rock with around 15KG base rock
    Reef Tec skimmer
    2 Hydor pumps and wavemaker
    4 T5 lights (2 blue and 2 white)
    I have spent lots of hours reading books and various articles on this site!

    One consistant comment I read was "we love pictures" so here are a few so far...

    Before rearranging rocks today...


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    with the newly arranged rocks...

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    Sump...

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    Looking forward to the journey and feedback (and help) :)
     
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  3. belindamotion

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    Water tested good and cycle looks to be complete, going to get first frag today!
     
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    Welcome to the neighbourhood! Looking forward to seeing tank develope
     
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    Thanks for the welcomes Mandarinman and Belindamotion!
     
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    Did you fill her up on the 21st April..1st time..?...2weeks...if it's "good old natural cycle", then I'm afraid she might not be ready...:blush:...you mention reading and getting Info on the Site beforehand...so is it ok if I assume you then helped you'r cycle along with Stability...or Special Blend or another similar product...:blush:..if that's the case...good luck with you'r 1st Frag purchase...:thumbup:
     
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    hey Jra406...hope thats nothing to do with Jhb Roads Agency...lol

    Welcome!!!

    Am very happy to see another corner tank...!!! Welcome to visit me when you have a chance...maybe we can share some ideas...
     
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    Welcome
    Its a creat Hobby
    And it you have the Passion for it you will succeed:thumbup:
     
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    Just an update...frag (GSP - thanks again Nathan @ The Serious Reefer for all the help!) opened up within 30 minutes of being in the tank and has looked good since. Belindamotion, I agree it may be a bit early, but with lots of really good LR I am hopeful that it cycled quicker. I do however think that this means I will have to add livestock slower than normal though...this frag will be a good test of that.

    Clownfish - excellent and amen on the corner tank, I have only seen a few of them on here. And no, JRA has nothing to do with the roads agency thankfully. I look forward to sharing ideas.

    Now to start choosing out creatures to get for the cleanup crew
     
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    Cool JRA406

    I have two shrimps and numerous hermits and gobies/blennies...

    I have been looking for GSP - may I know the cost?
     
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    Looking good, @jra406! Best of luck to you!
     
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    Welcome! Are you using a smartwave with the hydor pumps?
     
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    Will let you know the next time I am past TSR, I know that he had a few of them.
     
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    Hi Tremayn and thanks for the welcome - I am using the smartwave with the hydor pumps. The pumps have a great wide flow on them.
     
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    Congrats on the 1st purchase...:thumbup:..always a nice feeling...

    Here is a List of CUC for you to have a look at...
    Your First Marine Invertebrates - Choosing a Clean up crew - CUC - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    These are small Fishes..
    Fish recommended for Small Marine tanks - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Gobies and Blennies are great and I find some of them to be "dual function"..which comes in handy when you are limited to Fish Selections...
    http://www.aquacon.com/blennies_saltwaterfish.html
    http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=15+2124

    Some nice Reef-Safe Wrasses..some nice small one's in there...
    http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/aquarium-fish-supplies.cfm?c=15+1378
     
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    Thanks for the great links Belindamotion!
     
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    excuse me - GSP?
     
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    WELCOME jra406! It is a GREAT place to hang out and get GOOD advice! Nice tank.
     
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    LOL Thanks :)
     
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