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  1. Mr_G

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    Hi guys, nice forum going on here, Im Gerard...

    I have found marine tank to be my new hobby, but Im a little bit stuck with a problem...

    I knew nothing about marine tanks, so I wanted to build my own one, I went shpping for a filter, so I learned about protein skimmers, so the guy sold me a hang on Via Aqua Multi skimmer, so I went and designed my tank to use this filter, and Ordered my glass, and build it, left it for a month to dry, and then I went and bought R1500 crushed coral, bio rock, testers, and salt, mixed the salt, and let the tank circulate for 4 weeks, then on saturday I went and bought 3 Stemps, and 3Clownfish, my Nitrate tested 0 and PH 8.0, and salt 0.020 - 0.022...

    No one clownfish didnt want to eat, he died last night, tested my water and Nitrate is 1.0g/L so now Im woried that the filter/skimmer is not doing hisjob right...

    have anyone here have experience on this skimmer, or a solution to my problem?

    oh and is there a place where marine stuff is cheaper here in GP...dam its and expensive hobby, I've got a Fiesta ST and it overtakes my car by far...hahaha...
     
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  3. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    hey dude welcome..

    tell us more about the system.. water capacity and what you intend on doing with it (coral or fish only)

    please also elaborate on your filtration and include pictures if you can.. they definatley help us to help you..

    lets start there
     
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    What are you attempting to feed them?
     
  5. dropzone newbee

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    that salinity sound right ?
     
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    cheap marine stuff?? whats that ?
     
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    I seriously hope he meant salt 1.020 - 1.022. It should be closer to 1.024 in any case
     
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    The salinity is not the issue as fish can stand salinities as low as 1.010. I seriously suspect that your tank hasnt cycled properly and your biological filter is weak. You adding so many fish at once probably caused an ammonia spike which is probably what killed the fish. You need to add fish slowly in a new tank and allow the filter to develop more nitrifying bacteria to maintain the new bioload
     
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    :welcome7: Mr G Marines ain't cheap, just go slow or you will have no car at all.
     
  10. Mr_G

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    Hey guys, cool I get what your saying, yes I meant salinity of 1.022 lol...sorry...

    Im running about 180L tank now, I came hme now, and my fish look happy, water looks fine, but Im not sure if my filter/skimmer is good at all...

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    Oh the clownfish that died, didnt want to eat from day one, so think thats why, the other I got now love eating...lol...but I know not to overfeed...

    Oh and I learned marine is expensive...but to build a tank yourself is saving alot of moola
     
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    PS. Im stil busy with the stand, and busy making a new top, as soon as I found a digital HydroMeter and Thermo
     
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    Mr G welcome to masa. Your pet shop should be shot as it is not a good idea to put 3 clowns in your tank.
     
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    Oh yes as mentioned take things slow as only bad thing happen fast in marines
     
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    Hahaha, thats a good one, why not 3 clowns? I see they like to be in pairs? is that why?
     
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    Welcome. I'm a newbie aswell but as far as I know clowns are very territorial and especially towards their own kind. In your size tank 2 clowns should be fine. How many kg live rock do you have in there? And are you only running with a skimmer for filtration with the live rock? I agree with Tony. Too much in one go puts alot of stres on the biofiltration of the tank
     
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    Did you add anything to the tank to get the cycle going when you first started to run the tank ?
     
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    sorry but forgot to say congrats on your tank!
     
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    Nice looking tank dude but i am afriad that skimmer is useless!, i had it for 3 days, somthing went wrong and the motor burned out, either way, its not good as a primary skimmer, doesnt even have a needle wheel impeller.
     
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    Thanx for commets guys, Im already looking to design a new one with a decent sump, will go check everything out next weekend, and hopefully get a sump somewhere, and get tips on tank design... will build a 250L... 1000 x 500 x 500 should do nicelly
     
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    Remeber DSB space imn sump!
     
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    dsb? Whats that? Lol
     
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