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Old 01-03-09, 19:02
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time to get wet and salty.......

Thought I should start a thread on my current reef tank, the aim was to set up something pretty low maintenance, learning all the leasons from my nano, which this tank was to consume. So this was the plan.........

- 42x18x24 inch tank and cabinet from Classic Cabinet Company
- 250 watt halide (Arcadia 3 series)
- Eco-system sump with miracle mud and Caulerpa
- 35kg Live rock (plus 5 from the nano reef)
- Circulation Tunze 6000 and OR3500 sump return (turnover approx 20xh)

Hear is how it started.........

Decided to build some egg crate supports for the rock, to give a good circulation of water round the back.



My RO unit was pretty small, so took a few days to fill



But it filled eventually and got salted up



Some rock and sand.......





And finally a bit of day dreaming

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Old 01-03-09, 19:04
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A very good start, keep the images coming along as you progress but as you well know take your time and the rewards will be huge, what are you looking to move into the new setup.
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Old 01-03-09, 21:26
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Thanks Lost Boys, Good advice !

After the nano I was hoping to do all the things I couldn't, the main two were clams and tangs. But to be honest I don't have swimming space for tangs, so realistically I am looking at small reef safe fish, a group of chromis, coral beauty, royal gramma, fire fish. Would really like a leopard wrasse when the tank is mature (couple of years). Also the stock from the nano tank (goby and blenny).

On the coral side I was planning SPS in the upper reaches and in the cutting right below the halide, all from frags. Then LPS towards the edges and lower areas, and clams on the sand right under the halide. Will transfer zoas and mushrooms from nano into the gaps (upper and lower areas respectively).
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Old 03-03-09, 19:39
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Not sure about you but I find water changes a chore, especially hate syphoning, end up with water everywhere, spitting salty water on the floor in the dining room is hardly dignified (especially if the missus catches you!)

Decided to add an extra tap to my pipework with a hozelock adapter to help. If you poke around you can find a PVC one that you can glue to the pipework using solvent glue.



I teed off the pipe running back to the tank.



Can now attach to a piece of hose, I run this into a 25l container. Then by pumping out the top of my sump using the ocean runner till the water level is down to the pump, then I switch off the pump and let the rest back syphon from the tank, this comes to exactly 25l, before I hit the point where air breaks the syphon (to prevent flooding if the pump goes off).

Just need a simple way to get the new water back into the tank, have not yet found a pump small enough to go through the neck of a 25l water container - anyone got any ideas ?
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Old 08-03-09, 08:22
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Time for an update, left the tank to settle for two months, apart from the addition of some turbos and hermits. Then decided to transfer fish, mushrooms, trumpet and zoas from the nano reef, finally broke down the nano reef and shifted all the rock and sand too.





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Old 15-03-09, 19:57
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Six month update, added some stock over the last 3 months

a full tank shot...


a coral beauty and some fire fish came out of quarantine


the trumpets been growing a bit....


a torch coral...


And the hermits have been in since the start !!
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Old 16-03-09, 16:41
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the trumpets been growing a bit....

Your Neon Trumpet looks immense!!

Great looking tank.
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Old 16-03-09, 21:31
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Cheers Bean, the trumpet came out of my nano and broke into two, since then I split it several more times, I think it must be a good un Its all over the tank now ! Also the favored perch of the blenny -

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Old 22-03-09, 07:52
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So another four months have gone by (almost a year old now), a few more fish out of quarantine. Really struggled to get a group of chromis through, they kept going down with a weird white blotchy disease in quarantine, after looking pretty good for 3-4 weeks anyway got there in the end. Frags are growing well and added a Derasa clam. Enjoy




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Old 22-03-09, 08:37
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Looking good, I do like your idea for syphoning. I'm planning a new build at the mo, any chance of a pic of your sump. Going down the MM route as well. Cheers
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