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  1. Spyhunter

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    Hi Guys,

    I have been an avid masa reader and fan. And been I have been in and out of this hobby, but i think once it is the blood, there is no escaping it. Going Small this time around with Juwel Vision 180 . External Skimmer - Bubble Magnus Q3 (HOB).


    Some early pics of week 3 and cycling


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    Looking good :)
     
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    4th Week - Update

    Added two clowns and a fire goby

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    I wish they made nice curved glass tanks wider, and shallower. Still a nice looking tank and nice setup.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    I would put a piece of black ABS sheet behind the tank, to block the view of the hanging skimmer and burglar bars.

    But then again, the natural light that will fall on your corals will be great for them.
     
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    Thanks Riaan. Thats the plan, just before i get the reflectors for the t5 i will add the black sheet, where can i get it ?
     
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    i come across this on gumtree for 11k.....same price as what i payed for my tank and skimmer. How sad........

    What a steal!!

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    Not sure in Durban, but up in Gauteng its available at Maizey plastics
     
  11. DrewZA

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    +1

    A shallower curved tank would be more "intelligent" imho...
     
  12. DrewZA

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    I think you're right, Riaan - something behind the back wall is the way to go - losing the sunlight would be a necessary sacrifice for the beauty that would be presented with the right backing.

    Interesting you say black though - I've always been partial to black too, but all I see is this damn blue background everywhere. It seems the ladies are right - we men dont have color co-ordination for the most part :m23:
     
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    I would always advice against using those backgrounds... Water invariably gets between them and the glass and you see the stains when viewing the tank...

    Maybe paint the back of the tank with a water based black paint? Can find the paint at most craft shops and can just use a blade to remove it if ever you wanted to...
     
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    Absolutely, Rob. The blue I was referring to was in fact painted on, it was just the color that I abhor. I feel the black present a great neutral look and you can let your lighting do the talking after that.

    **edit** It also just dawned on me that theres a chance of, in this specific instance, the black paint on the back of the tank, with the hot african sun directly on the back of it, may just cause the tank to be too warm - just something to consider when making the decision...
     
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    Use the 1.3mm ABS sheet. It is stiff enough to stand on its own behind the tank. And if you do get a salt creep stripe between tank and sheet, then you can just remove the sheet once a while and wipe the back of the tank.

    Paint will also eventually peel if salt creep is left on it. OK, might depend on quality of paint.
     
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    Some updates

    Got a saga ph meter, jeabo wave maker and a few fish. Everything going well so far.... Can anyone advise on this butterfly and your experiences with it ....specifically I am talking about nipping at corals?


    PH Meter :

    My understanding is most meters only come with ph 4.0 solution and 7.0 solution ? So i need a 10.0 solution to calibrate it for marine ?
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    Long nose will battle to live in a new system for any period of time even if it's eating
     
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    it is eating well....
     
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    I have found even if there eat they tend to better in old mature tanks
     
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    Thanks ...fingers crossed.
     
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    Just a update.....Some fished added.
    1- Goby
    2- Powder Blue

    Powder Blue is super fat and healthy...had him quarantine for a week.

    Things are going well. Feel like just getting a bigger tank just for the powder blue. :slayer:

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