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  1. Willie85

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    Hey Reefers
    After a lot of reading,researching and YouTube I am finally ready for the smell of the ocean in my house :)

    My setup this far,
    - 150cm x 75cm x 65cm Tank 10mm Glass, Trip bottom with a skinny overflow
    - 120cm x 60cm x 60cm Sump (water level 30 - 40cm) 4 Chambers
    - Skimmer Skimz sk201
    - Lights, 2 x quad Odyssea 54w units
    - return pumps 8500l/h & spare 3150l/h
    - filters,
    Chamber one
    skimmer, filter sock & 300w heater
    Chamber two
    dsb & some live rock
    Chamber three
    I would like to use this chamber for temporary filters like,carbon,gfo ...
    Chamber four
    return pump, 300w heater & top up system

    My goal,
    building a mix reef tank (long term future)

    Lps
    - Acan's
    - Galaxy
    - Hammer
    - torch
    - Bubble
    - Elegance
    - Brain

    Sps (After one year)
    - Acropora
    - bali slimer
    - staghorn

    Softies
    - Clove
    - Mushroom
    - Leathers
    - Zoas
    - pin cushions

    Fish/inverts
    - Bicolour angelfish
    - Power blue surgeon
    - Clown fish
    - Shrimp
    - Diamond watchman goby
    - Bennie
    - Purple tang
    - Regal tang
    - Yellow tang
    - Mandarin (after one year)
    - Emperor Angel Fish
    - Clown Trigger Fish
    - Moorish Idol
    - Blonde naso tang (Future)
    - Hermit Crab
    - Flame angel
    - Queen angel
    - Copperband butterflyfish (Future)
    - Foxface
    - Blue spotted puffer
    -sand sifter goby

    My questions
    Is all zoas poisonous ?
    What is the best filter system for my setup ? dsb, refugium, bio balls...
    What is the best substrate for a sand sifter goby? 1mm - 2mm ?
    Will my lighting be sufficient to keep lps and sps ?
    Will 40 kg substrate be sufficient in the DT ?
    Will 70 kg rock be sufficient in the DT?
     
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  3. TaahirS

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    Zoas are poisonous but just wear gloves while handling them, or even better don't touch them.

    Emperor, Queen angels and the puffer will eat your corals. Moorish idol and flame angel might nibble as well.

    Clown trigger will eat your inverts.

    Amount of Liverock depends on your aquascape, there isn't a set rule.

    Your lights are great, maybe try and get good quality bulbs. Aquamedic, ATI, Giesemann etc.
     
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    :m30: But they are so gorgeous !!
    Thanks for the feed back @TaahirS
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    Welcome...:m106: nice goal setup...
     
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    Thx Mr_Armani777

    Thx Pepper
    :m03:
     
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    Welcome. Now for some pictures.
     
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  10. Willie85

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    @NJH still need to buy some equipment.
    Will post pics when I start to set up the system.


    Thx @Jinx
    :m03:
     
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    This question will lead to lots of different options, or preferences.

    I like a DSB, but having zero phosphates is a bit difficult. Luckily softies prefer some phosphate and they will grow rather nicely. SPS you need very low phosphate levels. DSB is cheap to setup, but takes its time to be matured.

    Bio-balls and full on reef is not working out together. For quarantine or holding tanks, bio-balls are perfect, the better option.

    Refugium, with or without DSB is another option.

    NP-pellets.

    Orca Cubes.

    live rock in the sump.

    algae scrubbers

    Read up and see which option you prefer. More important, which option will fit in with your lifestyle the best.
     
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    I would like to stay away from phosphate or rather keep it to the minimum.
    I think I will go with a refugium containing live rock and some macro algae.
    Build the population of copepods (for a future mandarin) and bacteria and at the same time keeping my ph more stable with a light in the evenings.
    Just need to see how often I would have to remove overgrowing micro algae.
     
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    OK, Stand have been painted with red oxide primer (white) & Hammerite (White)

    Drawings for cabinetry and canopy

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    Looks good
     
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    Thx David
    :thumbup:

    All will be painted with white velvaglo and finished with a high gloss varnish.
     
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    After months of collecting everything needed, im happy to say the tank is ready and my wallet is empty :m34: Two days of sizing pieces and playing the puzzle game, reading and using some scaping techniques it is Finally done !!!. Sand is in and tank is being filled with salt water. :thumbup:
    I will upload pics tonight.
     
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    pics as promised....
    54kg of base rock
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    50kg of red sea pink sand
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    Aquascaping..... what do you guys thing?

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    DT is full, making more water for sump then the long cycle will start.

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