Starting to propogate

Discussion in 'Fragging Corals' started by poiromaniax, 27 May 2009.

  1. poiromaniax

    poiromaniax MASA Contributor

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    Hey guys,

    I am going to be starting a small propagation facility at home.

    I am just starting the planning stage, but so far: (please feel free to improve)

    TANKS

    Two 1000X450x250 (Water height: 220/230)
    Both will be linked to a central sump (1200X450X650)

    Sump layout will be:

    1st chamber - Skimmer
    2nd Chamber - LR or DSB/Refuge
    3rd Chamber - LR or DSB/Refuge
    4th Chamber - Return Pump and Heater

    Which should go first: LR or DSB?

    LIGHTING

    Lighting will be T5's (thinking 2/3 per tank)
    2 X Osram Skywhite 10 000K
    1 X Actinic

    CIRCULATION

    2 X SunSun JVP-101 (3000lph) per tank

    I havent decided on a return pump yet...

    SKIMMER

    ReefTek TS1
    OR
    ORCA-80 Internal Skimmer

    OTHER

    Top off will be taken care of by a dedicated R/O reservoir located externally (from the sump)

    The Species that im planning on propagating are as follows:

    Ricordea Yuma - Green and Pink
    Ricordea Yuma - Purple
    Ricordea Yuma - Yellow
    Ricordea Yuma - Metallic Green

    Clove Polyps - Clavularia Viridis - Blue

    Button Polyps - Protopalythoa Grandis - Blue
    Button Polyps - Protopalythoa Grandis - Red

    Parazoanthus Gracilis - Yellow Polyps

    and Assorted Zoanthus sp

    wish me luck!
     
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  3. silver phanton

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    Good luck mate:rockon:
     
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    nice bud will be following this to see your success.. good luck
     
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    Put the live rock in the first chamber so that the turbulence from the falling water can keep detritus in suspension and not settled between the rocks.
     
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    good luck mate
     
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    Sounds good! I would say go for a bigger skimmer. A TS2 will do a better job.
     
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    As you're propagating softies why not ditch the skimmer altogether and set up an algal scrubber? I'd go that way even if I was propagating sps.
     
  9. lanzo

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    sounds great, mek is right... up the skimmer to a ts2 or a orca100

    But i will rather go for the orca100, its got the pinwheel impeller and bubble plate, really awesome skimmers, out preforms the ts and dnw range

    You will aslo need to up the light to 4xt5's per tank with 3 white and one blue or 4x 12'k
     
  10. poiromaniax

    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thats what I was originally thinking, then I thought i would be able to get away with a TS1

    I prefer not to use an algal scrubber (not saying they dont work, i just prefer not to use them)

    Thanks Lanzo, Do you have any idea what the Orca goes for?

    How come you say that i will need 4 T'5s per tank?
    Remember that the water height is gonna be at 230 and the corals will most likely be at like 30 - Wont 2 T5's be more than enough?
     
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    have a look on my website for prices

    your width of the tank is 450mm, 3x t5's wont cover it imo
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Even with proper Reflectors, spaced evenly?
     
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    Good luck
     
  14. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    you may way to consider having some globes in the 6500K range as this should ive you better growth ....

    Good luck, where are you based in JHB
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys!!

    I live about 5 min away from Rosebank area....
     
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    GOOD LUCK MAN I WANT DIBS ON THE FIRST:)
    Ricordea Yuma - Green and Pink
    Ricordea Yuma - Purple
     
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    poiromaniax Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Sure man...
     
  18. viper357

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    I agree with this, for a frag tank you want to maximise growth and not colour, 6500k tubes will be better, add an actinic or two to make up the colour. It is also advisable not to place newly fragged corals under light that is brighter or rather more intense than they were accustomed to in your display tank.

    Good luck with the Ricordea's, I believe they are slow growers which is a pity for fragging but it is definitely needed, especially with the new restrictions coming into place with regards to Rics, more people need to start fragging them.

    Best of luck and keep us posted along the way.....with pics :biggrin:
     
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