Pete's tank finally

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So here is an update on my tank and finally some pics any advice and coments welcome..

Tank :- 1220(L) x 450(w) x 500 (H)
Lights :- 4 x T5's run on electronic timers Back 2 globes on 12H00 off at 22H00 front 2 globes on at 13H00 off at 21H00
Skimmer :- Reeftek TS1
Water movement :- 2 x Seio props, 1 x Boyu Wavemaker and 1 small power head behind rocks.
Return pump :- 1750L/H Heallia (not sure on spelling)
Reactors :- 2 x Two Little fishies Phosban reactors. (1 with Seachem phosguard and the other with seachem puregen)

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Parameters taken at 13H00 on the 03/08/2008

Ph 8.1 and taken at 20H00 again and had a reading of 8.47
Salinaty 1.023
Dkh 6
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate between 0 and 5ppm
Phos between 0 and 0.25ppm
Calcium 420
 

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looking good pete i love the wood work on the tank nice display
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And now for a pic or two of what happens under the display a pic of the DB board that has dip switches for all equipment well almost all and Electronic timers for the lights

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and onothe pic with the reactors in.
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And one of the sump

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More to follow later need to do some work
 

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very very nice
 

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Looking great,

Some pics of the engine room please !!
 

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Congratulations man! Neat and tidy setup!! :thumbup: Just one little thing is that ceramic rings and course gravel in the second compatment of the sump? Close-up please!
 

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I see you are posting quicker than me !

thanks for the pics !
 

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that was going to be one of my Q what do I replace it with have not done anything yet as I shipped the sump just like that no to lose all the good bacteria..
 

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Shees Mekaeel you were a tiny bit faster than me:wave2::lol:
 

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The little bag of rings is kept there for when I have to set up the Quarantine tank
 

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As Mekaeel said, remove it slowly over a few days, and replace it with suger-fine sand(Reggies Playsand works well@ +/- R40 for 10 kg) and make it about 10- 15cm's deep. Them add some chaeto ontop of the DSB, works wonders as a nutrient export!
Btw, stay away from the Caulerpa species as it tends to go asexual over time.
 

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Give us some close-ups of the main display please!!! How long has the tank been running?
 

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As Mekaeel said, remove it slowly over a few days, and replace it with suger-fine sand(Reggies Playsand works well@ +/- R40 for 10 kg) and make it about 10- 15cm's deep. Them add some chaeto ontop of the DSB, works wonders as a nutrient export!
Btw, stay away from the Caulerpa species as it tends to go asexual over time.

Caulerpa will only go sexual if you do not keep the conditions favourable. The nice thing with caulerpa is that it can tolerate 24/7 light. The bad things <g>
1. Caulerpa releases toxins in the water, slowing sps growth and dulling sps colors (Can be avoided by running carbon 24/7 and replacing carbon every 2 weeks)
2. When caulerpa goes sexual, it can and most probably will deplete your tank of oxygen, causing serious harm.
3. feeding it over a long period to you tangs and other herbivores fish, could cause poison build up and eventually kill the fish.

To close, if caulerpa is used right it can be beneficial, one just need to be aware of the potential issues and gaurd against it.
 

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