Smithers new tank

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  1. Smithers

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    After not having a marine tank for a while I finally got my arse into gear and set one up again.
    The tank is (L,W,H) 60cm x 45cm x 50cm with a water level at about 45 giving the tank a total water volume of about 120l. Sump adds on another 50 or so litres.
    Decided on a back over flow box with two drain pipes, I have manged after a few hours and a bit of swearing to get to a silent overflow with zero bubbles entering the sump.
    My girlfriend used to moan about the noise of my old tank so I have tried to get this tank as silent as possible. The noisiest thing in the tank currently is the sound of the air entering the skimmer.

    Starting up again is always a bit expensive and I have wanted to do it within a budget and be able to get the best I can afford for now.

    Skimmer - Reeftek TS2
    Return pump - Some cheap ass thing for the time being
    Flow Vortech MP10 W ES (Love this thing)
    Saga Top up controller
    Using a canister filter for the carbon and soon to be purchased phosphate remover.
    Waterboy RO unit with built in TDS

    Have a few rock pool fish to help with the cycling of the tank. Not sure what he/she is but it's pretty and has been named 'Smiley' by my other half.

    Marine Aquariums South Africa

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    Sounds great man, post more pics of the tank and sump.
     
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    Just a quick update.

    Bought some corals this weekend so the tank is looking better. The best part was someone donated some Candy Cane's and a small Hammer coral. Right place at the right time.

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    Zoanthids
    Pulsing Xenia
    sarcophyton
    Green Star Polyps
    4 Heads of Candy Cane
    1 head of Hammer Coral
    Purple tip Nenny (Not sure what variety it is)

    The xenia is pulsing nicely, I have never had it before so it is quite exciting for me. The sarcophyton's are shedding at the moment. The smallest one is starting to extend is polyps, there is however a small aiptasia on the rock next to it which will be nuked shortly. I will try out Joe's Juice or just Kalk it.

    As soon as I download proper pictures off my camera I will post them.

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    Looks nice and clean! Good job
     
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    Some more pics. Sorry about the quality they were taken with my phone. Can't find the USB cable for my camera.

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    That looks like a nice rose / pink tip bubble tip anemone.
     
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    It's the first time I had seen the bubble tips. He/she/it was sulking a bit yesterday after it moved in.
     
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    Looking great man.
     
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    wow awesome little system
     
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    Correction WAS a great little system. Came home today after a little weekend break and we had had a 27 hour power failure. UPS only runs the tank for 4 hours.
    Fish lost.
    2 Clowns,
    2 Coral Banded Shrimp.
    Anenome,
    Racoon Butterfly.

    Tank is ruined and I am really dispondant ;(
    We have been complaining about the power at our house for ages and all the eishkom/municipality guys do is replace the blown fuse. Turns out the transformer was leaking oil due to lack of maintenace (no surprise there!!!).
    Luckily my folks have a huge generator now that we are wiring into our house so that should be the last time this happens.
     
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    :crying: sorry for your losses.
    Quite disheartening if a tank crash due to something out of our control...
    Chin up. Hope you start it up again.
     
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    Yoh, really tough luck, at least you'll have peace of mind with the gennie now
     
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    Sorry to hear about the accident @Smithers, its unfortunately one of the many side effects of keeping a marine tank in sa!
    Yip, gennies are the best way to keep things going, so hope everything turns out ok!
     
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    I have now added a kilo of carbon to the tank to clear it a bit. Just made some fresh water and mixing salt.
    Also skimming a bit wetter at the moment. When I got home the tank smelt like death still does a little but that will be better tomorrow.

    The pulsing xenia looks like it is recovering as well as the hammer, GSP and the candy cane. I was convinced my clam was going to die but if anything he looks like he is doing better than before.
     
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    After the Great Crash of '13 I started the arduous of getting the tank stable again. After a few kilos of carbon and some huge water changes things started to come right again. I also plumbed my small tank onto my new setup which increased the water capacity a fair amount.
    So as it stands now I have a 100 x 70 x 50 (LWH) and a 60x45x50 tank both plumbed onto a 90x60x50 sump. This seems to be working well. I am a bit disappointed with my big tank as the glass is scratched (It's a second hand tank) a fair amount and I really don't like the overflow. All things aside I am enjoying it.
    I have also changed the skimmer and return pump. I am now running the Reef Octo 160XS and the Aquamedic ocean runner 3500. This is feeding both tanks.

    I will post some pics of the sump when I have tidied it up a bit!

    Here are some pics though, please excuse the quality the camera decided it was best to focus on the scratches :(

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    I have glued some zoanthids onto the overflow with the hope that they will grow. The first batch I did have started to take now. Holding thumbs
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    your tank seems to be recovering well :) some lovely zoas in there.


    with the zoas youe glued onto the overflow, arer you not concerned with them growing upwards and clogging the overflow after a while? i would have glued them lower down and watched to see the speed of spread. Just curious?
     
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    I thought about that as well, if they decide to grow up and over I will trim them a little and use them elsewhere. I also wanted them a big higher to get more light and so they can feed nearer the surface.
     
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