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    Corne

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    20180321_162922.jpg 20180321_183129.jpg Ok so aquarium has arrived, scaping done substrate in and now 60L of water in. Another 200 to go.
     
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    That is an awesome tank.
    Looks really nice bud.
    Enjoy!
     
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    Taking forever to get it filled. 120L in 20180323_201711.jpg 20180323_201805.jpg
     
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    LOL, u must be super excited buddy - enjoy - Happy reefing days ahead :swim:
     
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    Thank you
    Yip... extremely excited.
     
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    Looks awesome!
     
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    Thanks Baber
     
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    Ok so only took 220L ... thought it would be more, I underestimated the volumeof the substrate and Rocks. Water was very murky for about 12hours but its crystal clear at the moment. Lots of tyding still to be done for sump area. Cables everywhere. 20180329_195826.jpg 20180329_195752.jpg
     
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    These powerlab aquariums are very neat looking ones. Are you happy with the build quality etc?
     
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    Yes very happy with build quality
    Only thing i would do slightly dif is ask them to add a second overflow hole in the glass.
    Would allow for bigger return pump capabilities, but other than that its realy very good.
     
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    Looking great! At what fish and corals are you looking to add when the cycle is done?
     
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    Would like to get 2 cleaner shrimp, a few trochus snails ( havent seen these at any of my LFS), salarius goby, and 2 clowns for now. Want to avoid overstocking. Possibly a yellow tang later. Just not crazy about the idea of byuing a fish that will outgrow my tank. For coral i would like to try a mixture. Sps, zoa's, etc. But unfortunately that is still far away. Would also have liked an anemone , but they seem kind of diff in terms of doing whatever they want.
     
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    Finaly have my additional sump connected to the main sump via syphon intake and return is via small 600L per hour pump. This sump contains additional mechanical filtration via foam pads, bio filtration via Marine pure sheres and 4kg of Seachem Matrix and also the chemical filtration in the form of activated carbon. The main sump still has a filter sock for mechanical filtration. This will free up alot of space in the main sump for reactors and the skimmer. The syphon was a little difficult to get properly established. 20180402_155607.jpg 20180402_155614.jpg 20180402_155618.jpg
     
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    Additional sump from side. 20180221_194716.jpg
     
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    When I started out I had two sumps connected like that. With a siphon bridge. What I did to ensure that no air build up over time was to use a small old style powerhead with a venturi. Had a small 6mm hole in the second elbow. Screw micro garden irrigation nipple into that hole and using that black micro irrigation kit 6mm flex pipe connected that to the venturi inlet. The powerhead must also be in the sump and I just it to keep thing in up in the first chamber. Any air build up will be sucked out automatically.
     
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    Thats a very good idea. Ive attached a piece of airline to the inside top of the large pipe to suck out the air to start the syphon. Your idea would be a good way to ensure the syphon doesnt break. 20180402_155708.jpg
     
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    just stick the other end of that airline to a pump with a venturi.

    And DO NOT put that pump in the display. When the power goes out, it will siphon back very slowly into the sump.
     
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    Ok so tank has been cycling for 3.5 weeks and my additional sump with all the bio media for more than 2 months now. Took the plunge this weekend and got 2 cleaner shrimp and one Ocelaris clown. 20180411_180947.jpg
     
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    Nice!!!!!!
     
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    Thanks Baberbek
    Amonia levels good.
    Goes up to 0.15 after ghost feeding with mysis,seaweed pellets and hikari marine pellets and returns to zero before next feeding.
    Nitrate building up but stil very low 1.0ppm
    I have enough Matrix in my extra sump for 1,600L and my total volume is 240L, was wondering if this was possibly why the Nitrate remains low.
     
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