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  1. Norries

    Norries

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    I am from Jeffreys and new to the saltwater world.

    I aquired the following tank that was not running for a while,

    DT 1800X500X610 - 10mm glass, with a overflow in the left rear corner, and outlet drilled through the bottom glass.
    2x return pipes on the right side, and 1 hole for water changes, also has an ATO in to the skimmer chamber.

    Sump 1700x400x340 - 6mm glass, 7 chambers, skimmer, 2 chambers that was filled with live rock and bioballs(currently no live rock, i chucked the bio-balls),a chamber with a pump that ran through the chiller,and then the chamber for the two return pumps.

    2x return pumps red sea Berlin 2.2m 1600lh. and 1 Jun 3.0m - 2500lh.
    1x Berlin skimmer 25-250gallon Tripple pass.

    Stand: 40x40 square tubing galvanised - 1800x400x1000, the whole stand tank, sump,equipment and ATO will be hidden behind a cabinet.

    Lighting currently 2x 400w metal halides.

    2x heaters 1x 200w Jager - 1x 300w Natural.

    Please let me know what you think I should do for flow, and what i should do with the sump, i want to put a DSB in.

    I think the skimmer is also to small for the size tank.

    Tank was standing for a while, it has algea growth on the glass, with what should i clean the tank with.

    I would like to have a FOWL tank, but I am sure that I will keep coral later on.

    Ur comments and advice please,

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  3. mnd123

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    Hey Norries, welcome to MASA, thats a very nice sized tank and sump you have there, what is the skimmer rated for?

    Nice lighting, what K rating are your bulbs?

    If you have the tank still standing empty, you can use vinegar to clean the glass, worked a treat for me for algae and coralline growth
     
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    Welcome,

    You are of to a great start. Sound like you got all the equipment needed. Possible only globes needs replacing.

    DSB must be as big as possible. 3 chamber sump is the "standard". Number one, inlet from tank and skimmer. 2 for DSB and 3 for return pump/s. Can remove all the other glass pieces and redo the sump before you start. Read the threads on the DSB forum for more info.

    Anyway you came to the right place before you plunge to deep into this hobby.
     
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    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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  8. Norries

    Norries Thread Starter

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    thanks guys,

    i am just battling to load pics, pics size a problem, please help?

    skimmer is rated for 25-250 gallon,

    not sure about the k rating of the lights will check and post.

    Norries
     
  9. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    you need to resize the pic before you upload it !
     
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    welcome to MASA
     
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    Welcome to MASA and have a lot of fun
     
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    Welcome to MASA...Some pics?

    Nice size tank to start off with!
     
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  16. Norries

    Norries Thread Starter

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    Pictures now in post 1,

    tHANKS,

    nORRIES
     
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    Cool...you can modify that sump and have one very nice BIG DSB!!! :p Plenty of room for a nice size Skimmer too:thumbup:...
     
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    Norries Thread Starter

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    Thanks Inflames,

    What size would you reckon?
     
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    Tobes Retired Moderator

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    Welcome to Masa Norries, glad you joined us. Nice size tank you got there - a little bit of cleaning with vinegar and it will look :thumbup:
    The skimmer should be at least rated 1.5 times total system volume, X2 is even better ;)
    Read through the link in my signature for some great beginner info on how to start your first marine tank :)

    Good luck with your project :wave2:
     
  21. crispin

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    hello Norries,
    welcome to masa, great to have you join. :)
    Thats a beautiful tank you have, needs a lillte work but you should get it up and going in no time. A nicer thing than the tank is the size of your sump, thats monstrous for that tank and will only serve to make things better for the tank. Lots of space and lots of biological filtration can fit in there, but we can get to all that once you start off.

    A few things concerned me a little and one is the skimmer. I havent ever had a berlin skimmer, but i hear they are not brilliant. Watch out and perhaps you can look at getting a better skimmer later on. Read through some threads on skimmers as we have some guys and gals on masa who really know alot about skimmers:). Also what internal flow do you have?

    For now take the time to check the stand for rust. ANY sign and best to get it sorted out now. As the guys say use vinegar (i would dilute it) to wash the tank, and i would also use a sollution to clean any pumps and things you might have now:)

    I am sure you will have lots of questions dont be shy, fire away as rapidly as you like and we will do all we can to help you along. I am looking forward to seeing how your tank progresses, but well done so far.

    Oh, those lights might chomp your electricity bill a little and for FOWLR they are overkill, i would get a few T5's and DIY them in for now, then when you start with a reef you could use the MH. Although i personally love taking pics of fish and having those 400w above the tank would be great to take photos with, but seriously unnecesarry for now. Just a point to think about.

    welcome and happy postings:)
     
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