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  1. Gersh

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    iv got one question i live in florida,roodepoort area and only decent place here with marine is fish world that iv visited so far i recently started a 4ft marine tank i would like to know what a good set up would be in terms of amount of live rock also any suggestions for some great fish that would get along reef safe ,i want a nice amount of fish??corals will also be added at later stage which would be best to start with?:)
     
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    welcometomasa Gersh

    Nice to have you on board. :thumbup:


    Do you have a protein skimmer ?

    Are you running a sump with a Deep Sand Bed (DSB) and macro algae. These items would influence how much Live Rock (LR) would be needed for natural filtration.

    IMO, I get as much LR as I can, without impeeding the flow of your tank.

    Has your tank cycled ? If so how long has it been running ?

    There are loads of great fish, for this size tanks my preference would be: Dwarf Angels, Anthias, Blennies, Wrasses and the odd Tang.

    Sorry for the questions, but it will be the best way for us to give you good info :)
     
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    i have a protein skimmer on the tank,a deep live sand bed with crushed coral tank has had a fishless cycle running for two months now....o and i do not have a sump only a canister with some crushed live rock in it
    thanx wat about easy to keep corals
     
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    Start with softies.

    Lethers, colt, mushrooms and Zoas
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome Gersh!
    What skimmer are you running?
    We dont advise using crushed coral as it traps detritus which leads to nitrate and phosphate problems.Try and remove the crushed coral and replace with fine Aragonite or Play sand from Reggies.
    What do you have in your Canister?It would be a good idea to place Activated carbon and phosphate remover in it.
    What lighting do you have on the system?
    Do you have LR? If so, how many Kg's?
     
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    im runnin a jebo protein skimmer , i have activated carbon in my canister as well as phosphate remover canister also has a uv sterilizer iv got 3 10 000k t5's, one blue moon, 3 50/50 6500k lights....i only put in 3kgs LR to jump start the cycling 2 months back didnt wana overload but i now want to add more how much kgs do u think will be best?15 to 20 kg's
     
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    r softies easy to keep? iv got another marine tank thats fish n live rock only so im not too clued up on keeping corals.
     
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    Welcome to the forum, but just one thing though to Warren, You guys must still convince me or state reasons why softies are easy to keep.I mean, Lights, Flow, Placement height etc- all have an important role to play whether a softie will stay open or not. I have Sps, Lps, as well as softies, the latter being the most difficult to keep happy......
     
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    15-20 kgs of LR will be perfect.
    Softies are hardy and excellent beginners coral :)
    At a later stage,upgrade your skimmer to a hangon Reefoctopus skimmer or Red Sea Prizm Deluxe should you not wish to add on a sump.
     
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    ok thanx will do
     
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    Hi Gersh, welcome to masa.

    For liverock, go for around 1lb per gallon of water and remember to try to place the rock to make gaps rather than walls, plenty of good flow round the rocks and they will be most efficient.
     
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    By the way, what are the exact dimension of your tank?
     
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    ok thanx man i kno all bout placin rocks as to not effect flow rate n current around tank thanx...
     
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    A very warm WELCOME to MASA Gersh!
     
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    its a 4ft....1.2m x 450 height x 650 wide i had 12 assorted discus 4 of them wild caught in it,but sold them to make it a marine...
     
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    thanx to all the welcomes
     
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    Excellent width! this will allow a more natural aquascape IMO
     
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    teah i thought so myself so wat do you have in your 1m all round reef
    ?
     
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    hardcore tank man lovely
     
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