yet another newby

Discussion in 'New Members' started by mwoost, 10 Jul 2010.

  1. mwoost

    mwoost

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    HI all

    The only way to get rid of the reminder that I have not yet made a post is to do it and get it done.

    Rather new to this hobby, but should rather call it a lifestyle. It seems that you eat and live, or you have a marine tank. I have been bitten and now at least I can lose some weight.

    It started with a 4ft 9 months ago, one of the of the shelf units being sold all over the fish trade in JHB area. Spent a huge amount of money and time on it maybe to much, as since I started my new project, things in my small tank are improving.

    The first tank
    220 lites
    30 liters in sump
    4 ft light fixture 2 x 54w and 3 MH 150w
    lots of live rock
    and a mixture of soft and hard corals.
    1/10Hp chiller
    300w heater
    a few pumps to keep water moving nicely.

    Would post a picture if could figure out how to.

    It looks OK but my hermits and Hare wrasse ( not sure to spell) is constantly destroying the corals by pulling them off the rocks.

    so the new project

    1200 liter 160 x 100 x 78(water level) with a 150 liter sump (12mm glass and 3 x 10mm bottoms) One cracked
    been running for 3 weeks
    been hell
    First waiting for it to be custom made, after asking for quotes from some very reputable companies and after 20 days still waiting for it.
    eventually my local pet shop assisted me with getting it built.

    The design

    3 sides blacked off only braced on sides no center brace.
    Overflow incorporated into back glass, flat design. two returns on either side of the drain section.

    4 chamber sump with noodles bio balls and some filter wool for the start.
    will get some LR into it later when the Credit card recovers

    Skimmer a octopus 1500 liter rated pent air design with needle wheel. got it imported from Australia at half the price of the local ones. Two huge return pumps 5000l each, also supplying the Sump. Skimmer is external, recycling the water till gravity feeds it back to the sump.

    Profilux 3 Ex with no goodies yet to control the tank with. Also from Australia, 4k cheaper than locally.
    to set the controller up i might have to go back to school.
    the controller must do the following when it is up and going

    control skimmer cup status (with level sensor)
    dim and control lights
    run cloud and storm and lightning simulations
    do water changes
    fill tank with RO
    do flow control of internal pumps( still to buy)
    maybe one-day when I win the lotto a wave box.

    Placing.
    Broke a door out and built the 3 sides up outside, tanks fits into this area, natural light from top and 3 sides (green stuff nightmare) but at least I will get true storm and cloud simulation till profilux takes over.

    When all is done it will be built in with wood allowing only the glass to be seen. The tank is in a open plan kitchen lounge area.

    This i hope is enough from me.
    questions

    what is redox ( profilux measures it)
    what is conductivity ( also profilux)
    what is best algae scrubber or phosphate reactor
     
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  3. Evo R

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    Hi and WELCOME!!!!!

    Your are right......once the bug has bitten,very few things will ever compare!!
     
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    Hey and welcome to MASA! If you want to post pics you can either resize them and then when you post a message you just select the add pic thing, or you can upload the pics o Faceboof or Photobucket and just copy, paste them when you write a message.
     
  5. mwoost

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    :banghead: not getting the photo (add photo thing)
    do not have a face book account. I will try the photo bucket thing
    excuse the ignorance where do i find it?
     
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  8. mwoost

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    it works

    thanks
    this is the small tank





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    and this the new one just after startup

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    it was my moms photo so excuse the out of line photo

    thanks for the help
     
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  17. mwoost

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    Thanks all
     
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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, mwoost! Great to have you on-board!

    Great looking tanks there, so far!

    I will try to answer your questions:
    1) Redox: it is the quantity of dissolved oxygen in the water
    2) Conductivity: not 100% sure of the context of this - but I THINK that it may mean your salinity level - more salt, either higher or lower salinity (not sure), and visa-versa
    3) You can DIY an ATS - a phosphate reactor is basically a fluidised bed filter with some phosphate removing media in it (ie. SeaChem Phosguard)....
     
  19. mwoost

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    thanks for the replies

    now I can decide what to purchase first for the controller.

    will update a bit later in the game on how the new setup is doing

    my kids did ask me yesterday why the tank is rusting as it is now covered in brown algae

    maybe i should galvanize the tank water for them?:biggrin:
     
  20. Neil H

    Neil H Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome

    what shop did you buy from in Australia, i am in Aus at the moment and would live to have a look at the place if possibel
     
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    welcome to masa nice to have you join :)
     
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