Wesd's 200 litre tank

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  1. Wesd

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    Ok everyone, its time i started a tank thread :thumbup:, my tank has been up and running for about a month, although i was running everything in a tub outside (water, LR, canister, etc) about a month before that so everything has cycled.

    Here are the details :) :

    Tank dimensions - 1000mm (L)*400mm (W)*500mm (H)

    Lighting - Odyssea dual pro T5 unit; it has two 39W tubes and I am running a white and actinic combination. The tubes are ATI (10000k).

    Water flow - I currently have a Resun 2500 internal canister that is running as both my flow and extra filtration, I might be adding another powerhead soon.

    Filtration - Unfortunately I dont have room for a sump, so I am running a Penn-Plax Cascade 700 external canister filter, i have removed most of the filter floss, etc. There is still one rack in there containing a sponge, filter floss and activated carbon; the rest of the canister is filled with LR. I also have that Resun as mentioned above, as well as LR in the tank and will be add more soon.

    Skimmer - I currently do not have a skimmer (again due to space constraints and budget), but do 30L water changes weekly so this is not a problem.

    Temp - Aqualife 200w heater and a computer fan built into the lid to help with cooling the lights.

    Quarentine - I run a 30L quarentine tank with an airstone and Cascade 300 internal filter, I have a 10000k tube in there for lighting. I medicate new fish with Seachem Metronidazole, using Seachem Focus to bind it to the food.

    Feeding - I use a large combination of food so as to vary the diet of my fish as much as possible. Broccoli, peppers, lettuce, peas, prawn, mussel, live newly hatched artemia, Ocean Nutrition flakes with brine shrimp and a few other things occasionally.

    As I said the tank is still young and I will be catching all my own fish as i want to keep the fish list as local as possible, that being said this is the current stock list : 1 goldie
    1 bald glassy
    1 snail (havnt id it but it spends more time buired in the sand then cleaning)
    a few cushion stars (not sure of the exact species)
    some zoa frags
    1 sun (tubatrea) coral frag (only thing in the tank that isnt local, was offered it for free and wasnt going to say no ;))

    So that is it for now, really busy at the moment with university work so I will hopefully get some more stuff soon :thumbup:
     
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    this pic isnt great but as you can see the tank is really bare at the moment, any coral frag donations are welcome ;) , will hopefully get some more fish in there soon :)

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    Hi Wesd, hi is your sun coral doing. Could you get rid of the algea.
     
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    its doing a lot better thanks :) the algae has been receeding steadily since i put it in that dark spot, its not completely gone but its getting there :thumbup:
     
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    Thats good. It is a very nice coral.
     
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    it is a fantastic coral, cant wait for the algae to completely disappear so that i can bring it out to where its visible again, have you sorted out your brittle star problem?
     
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    Do you feed the sun coral daily? What do you feed him?
     
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    target feed it twice daily with a syringe and vary the food, newly hatched artemia, enriched adult artemia, phytoplankton, prawn mash, mussel mash and occasionally mix in some mashed peas :)
     
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    Ok cool, I also had one and all the feeding can raise the nutrient levels in the tank conciderably. Just keep an eye on that, but if I was you I'd invest in a good skimmer.
     
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    the problem is that without a sump its pretty difficult to run a skimmer, what i am doing though is letting the algae grow on one of the side panels to absorb excess nutrients and (touch wood) i havnt had any major algae blooms yet even on the panel im leaving uncleaned :)
     
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    Hang on skimmer?
     
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    i did contemplate it but the tank has been running fine without it so i sort of put the idea aside...i'll have another look, have you got any recommendations?
     
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    The problem is there is no guarantee that the algae will stay and grow only on the one panel. I would make a plan to add either a hang-on skimmer, or a sump below/behind/next to the tank with a skimmer or an algae scrubber complete with correct light and flow. Water changes definitely helps, but I would use extra types of nutrient export as well, especially with a sun coral. A skimmer also helps if something should go wrong during the night when you sleep. I just feel more relaxed knowing there is that safety factor.
     
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    Hi Wesd, no i still have them. I am going to get 4 spiny tiger shrims. They eat britle starfiesh just to keep them in control. Ill pm you for your britle starfish. When i going to hillcrest. If you not home ill arange where you can pic it up in hillcrest.
     
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