Very 1st Attempt... It Started!

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  1. Garethmur

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    Howzit All,

    Just to continue the progress of our tank... here are some more pics...

    Continuing from http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?t=14738

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    And the T5 holders for inside the canopy...
    Gona have to figure a spring load system on one side to make tube changes work easy...
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  3. Garethmur

    Garethmur Thread Starter

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    Oh and this is the Cabinet Design we descided on...
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    Tank is looking great! Any plans on what else you are going to do with it in the future?
     
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    Jus wana get it looking awesome (Fish n corals) and keep the citizens happy... learn learn learn.... then maybe in a year or 5 go alot bigger.... :biggrin:
     
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    Aha that sounds like a plan to me:lol:. I'm sorry if you already awnsered this in your pprevious thread but what are you planning to keep? Sps, Lps, softies, mixed reef...
     
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    Looking good!

    Just a concern... seeing as you have 4 yellow tails and two clowns,dont they hassel each other??
     
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    haha, they did for a short while but they all seem to be getting along now. probly cause they all wana be near the heater in the dt... (hasnt dropped below 24 deg)

    saw last night that all the fish in the tank are in 1 corner, where the heater is lol
    2 Clowns
    1 bi-colour blenny
    1 diamond goby
    3 four stripe damsels
    6 yellow tail damsels

    all happy in 1 corner of the tank...
    The blenny seems to be the more aggressive one, now and then he prods any1 who appens to pass his hole... funny lil feller he is....
     
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    HAHAH, Im so in the beginner class that i duno what u jus said.... duno what thos mean yet...
    was planning to goto a lfs research what looks good and
    if it seemed easy enough to keep, go back and buy one....
    probly totaly mixed...
     
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    Looking great.
     
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    Ok then just a quick explenatsion:
    SPS- Small polyp stony, these are the corals that are the hardest to keep healthy and happy in our systems. They need ample light and very strong flow. It's also needed to give frequent additives as they grow afst and use the additives up quickly. They nedd prestine water conditions and is not for the beginner, eg. Acropora, birds nest, montipocora...

    LPS- Large polyp stony, these corals are easier to keep then the SPS. They do very well with moderate lighting and they don't want to fast flow as their soft polyp will easy tear on their calcerious skeleton. They do some sort of filtration in the tank and the only additives that are essential is calcium. The range from th beginner to the expert and can be very rewarding. Eg. frogspawn,bubble,suncoral, plate coral...

    Softies- These are the soft corals. They have no skeleton and can grow big in our tanks. They are the easiest to keep but there are few that are more challenging. Most of them can adapt to any of our flow and lighting requirments. They are great filtration organisms and most of them live of 100% photosynthesis. Eg. toadstool, mushrooms, zoa's, xenia, kenya tree...

    Mixed reef is the most common of our tanks as they normally are a combination with SPS,LPS and softies normally the SPS being in the dominant but LPS are just as great.
     
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    Thanks for the break down :thumbup:
     
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    cabinetry looks great...just make sure the top hood has lots of ventilation. I have an enclosed one like that and even with a bathroom extractor fan in there...still can get pretty warm in there.
     
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    Thanks Adee, Plan to add 2 fans, one blowing one sucking to produce some air cooling
     
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    looking great dude, and you use the same salt as me! :thumbup: red sea coral pro right?
     
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    Nice project :)

    Hope you are going to change those pumps to pumps with a bigger outlet for better flow distribution, like Seio, Vortex, SunSun, etc
     
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    Looking good...
     
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    For sure, got those be4 i knew what i was getting myself into, pet store said they would be fine... didnt realise i wanted better than fine at the time....
     
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    Looking very good there, Gareth. Keep up the good work! Great on you for doing things slowly!
     
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    Here is the new skimmer, which caused the need to re-make the sump...

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    And.... The process of removing the old sump to build the new one...

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    Old Sump kept alive until the dsb can be transfered to the new sump...


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    Getting the polly styrine tday for under the new sump...

    and yes i still gota coat the inside of my doors...
     
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