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Postby priscacara » Wed 01 Aug, 2012 3:14 pm

Introduction:

G'day, I'm Les. This is my first time for keeping marines but kept a lot of freshwater over the years. I hope to be able to set up a thriving community that will be healthy, good to look at and fun.

System Type: mixed reef with initial corals being zoanthids, soft corals, lps and some nice colorful fish for movement.

Display System: Aquareef 400L all in one

Strike up Date: 31 July 2012

Display Tank: 132cmL x 52cmD x 73/88cmH

Display Lighting: 2x AMD 120w LEDs

Stand: Black wood and plastic with black steel coated frame.

Hood:
Hoodless but has covers over the top.

Sump: unsure but approximately 60L

Refugium Lighting: 3w white led clip on lamp.

System Water: NSW

Display Water circulation: 2 x Sicce Voyager 8 pumps with wavesurfer controller. Each pump does 12000 lph.

Return Pump: Aquareef kit pump, 3500 lph

Skimmer: Aquaone G220

Evaporation Top Up: Avast Marine Works ATO
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Re: Dipping the toes in, my first attempt at marines.

Postby priscacara » Wed 01 Aug, 2012 3:27 pm

The tank was wet yesterday, all by hand using a 10L bucket so surprised that I can move today.

Overall I'm happy with the tank but a couple of things bug me a bit. The lights are awaiting replacement which is a major bummer but these things happen; the cord for the lights is ridiculously short..........didn't they think in the design phase that maybe we don't have floating power boards yet? Also in the design phase who had the bright idea to not have any backing at all to keep out a bit of the noise, its just an open space so apart from the noise the escaping light from the refugium lights up the whole room at night. There is a fair bit of noise from everything doing its job but its not over the top really just more than I had expected given there is none from any of my freshwater tanks unless I run an air pump.

Anyways enough complaining, here is the first of what I hope will be many pics.

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Postby terbit » Wed 01 Aug, 2012 5:41 pm

Looks good Les :thumbsup:
I'm sure you will enjoy the ride on the marine rollercoaster :crossfingers:
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Postby aussieant32 » Wed 01 Aug, 2012 5:43 pm

lots of these tanks around at the moment.

Good luck pal!
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Postby priscacara » Thu 02 Aug, 2012 2:58 pm

Tx its going to be a fun ride :-)
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Postby priscacara » Sat 04 Aug, 2012 7:47 pm

The tank got its load of live rock today so time for an update :alien:

I now have 40kg of coral sand as substrate, 10kg base rock and 40kg of live rock. Lighting is a quad compact I used to use on my planted discus tank, still waiting on the replacement t5 unit. I don't mind the scape except for that one flat piece I have side on on the right of the weir it just doesn't seem to fit anywhere properly. The Sicce pumps are up and running and stirring up all the junk pretty well, bit of fiddling to get it a bit better for flows over the next few days. I have them set up using the Wave Surfer for 30 seconds a side.

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Postby spwa » Sun 05 Aug, 2012 10:00 am

priscacara wrote:The tank got its load of live rock today so time for an update :alien:

I now have 40kg of coral sand as substrate, 10kg base rock and 40kg of live rock. Lighting is a quad compact I used to use on my planted discus tank, still waiting on the replacement t5 unit. I don't mind the scape except for that one flat piece I have side on on the right of the weir it just doesn't seem to fit anywhere properly. The Sicce pumps are up and running and stirring up all the junk pretty well, bit of fiddling to get it a bit better for flows over the next few days. I have them set up using the Wave Surfer for 30 seconds a side.


Looking great.
If a rock doesnt fit then take it out (put it in the sump).
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Postby ssscuz » Sun 05 Aug, 2012 10:04 am

that live rock looks good mate, plenty of stuff on it.
now just the waiting game before u add some fish. Got a fish wishlist going yet??
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Postby joely116 » Sun 05 Aug, 2012 10:14 am

I'd try and open the rock work up abit you will get a lot build up around the rocks and will cuz no3 problem imo, remember less is more, just put some in your sump still dose the same thing
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Postby priscacara » Sun 05 Aug, 2012 12:10 pm

Tx for the input, always appreciated!

The rockwork on the left is fairly open with good flow through it, the right hand side is a bit more compacted so will move some around a bit and any excess into the sump.

My fishlist is small and mostly fish I was considering for a 275 cube till I changed my mind and got the 400L.
Nemateleoris magnifica
Nemateleoris decora - multiples?
Escenius bicolor - bicolor blenny
Neocirrhites armatus - flame hawkfish
Cirrhilabrus scottorum - scott's fairy wrasse
Paracheilinus mccoskeri - McCoskers flasher wrasse

Been considering a foxface and coral goby but as you can tell all small fish other than foxface. Any suggestions feel free to add them, I'm trying for a maximum price of $50 per fish but not sure how that will work out.
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Postby priscacara » Mon 06 Aug, 2012 12:52 pm

Got to see my first hitchhikers yesterday, a bunch of hydroids on the glass, what I thought might be an anemone but keeping an eye on it and today a 3cm nudibrach. Off to a good start with the wildlife :-)
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Postby priscacara » Tue 07 Aug, 2012 1:13 pm

Got a couple of pics of 2 new hitchikers............this is fun spotting them :) . The water has cleared up a lot but still cloudy, could just be time needed but maybe the ammonia too as it is off the chart on my test kit. Struggling to get the circulation pumps set up properly so I get good flow but dont keep having big sand drifts and bare bottom at the front of the tank.

Worm of some kind that has glued a lot of sand around itself on the front of the tank.

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Postby KingCastle » Tue 07 Aug, 2012 9:33 pm

Hey les,

Congrats on getting your tank. It is certainly an interesting and anxious time when cycling begins. Goodluck with it all. :crossfingers:
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Postby King Venom » Wed 08 Aug, 2012 2:48 pm

Very cool.
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Postby priscacara » Thu 09 Aug, 2012 1:37 pm

Tx for the comments! I'm having fun finding all the new things from the rocks. I found what I am assuming was a small aptaisia on the glass this morning so got it out, was huge at 3mm :-). I also have either a mantis or pistol shrimp in the sump, its been quiet today but the past two its been hammering away at something.................not my glass so not worried (yet).
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Postby King Venom » Thu 09 Aug, 2012 2:36 pm

Hey set up a nano for it.
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Postby mason91 » Thu 09 Aug, 2012 10:04 pm

off to a good start, the live rock looks nice and fresh.
I'm sure the hitchhikers will just keep on coming.. most you wont even know are there! :)

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Postby priscacara » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 12:16 pm

Tx Mason, I'm still waiting on something move on a rock when I grab it and scream like a girl (lol not pc I know)! Not sure if I id'd the nudi properly, could be a type of cucumber, lost it when I did some rock rearranging but it's back again.

Was thinking of that too KV, I blame that Kharn guy :-). I will have a spare 3 foot tank in a couple of months so if its a mantis I might set it up in there but will have to wait and see.
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Postby stazwick » Sat 11 Aug, 2012 9:46 pm

Hope you are enjoying the tank. I have the same and am loving it. I agree with you about the light cord. Bit of a brain explosion on their behalf. Will follow your journal with interest. It will be great to see another one of these tanks progress. :cheers:
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Postby priscacara » Mon 13 Aug, 2012 1:33 pm

Tx , they are great tanks and just the right size for me to take care of and learn the ropes.
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Postby priscacara » Wed 15 Aug, 2012 1:25 pm

Another hitch hiker and an updated fts. There is still a lot of small stuff in the water so going to get some carbon on the weekend, hopefully my light will have been replaced by then and look a bit better too.

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There is a lot more space at the front than this shot makes it look, opened up the rock a bit more from the original scape as well.

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Postby NoobAquarium » Wed 15 Aug, 2012 4:47 pm

tank looks like it is coming along.

scaping is always fun, ive changed my tank three times since I started.... hopefully wont do it again after the last time.
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Postby uglyman » Wed 15 Aug, 2012 5:01 pm

Looking good Les :thumbsup:
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Postby priscacara » Wed 22 Aug, 2012 5:21 pm

Minor update, things are progressing well. Down to 0 ammonia and nitrite around the 0.3 mark....................and I have diatoms spreading across the sand some rocks. I have a huge hydroid population but from what I have read that will gradually disappear. Still finding new hitchikers daily, lots of tube and fan worms, couple of pest anemones showing up but too small to id properly yet.
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Postby ssscuz » Thu 23 Aug, 2012 10:06 am

Looks good mate, coming along nicely, bet your hanging out to fill it with some fish.
Got a fish list going yet?
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Postby priscacara » Thu 23 Aug, 2012 1:54 pm

I'm definately learning patience :-). I was driving myslef nuts testing daily just to see when the nitrite cycle was on its way down, stopped that now though lol the tank will have had rock in it 3 weeks this Saturday so a bit to go yet. made a start on a fish list, trying to go for whats available but not in 90% of tanks which is a hard one.

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Postby pazz » Thu 23 Aug, 2012 9:03 pm

scape looks good mate , when you start stocking with corals would move the pumps up or they are going to get blasted
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Postby evilr1 » Fri 24 Aug, 2012 1:10 am

Tagging along.... Welcome to the dark side Les =)
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Postby priscacara » Sat 25 Aug, 2012 2:57 pm

Tx for the comments pazz and evilr1! Well almost time for the fun part, ammonia and nitrite are at zero now :-). The pumps are down low just now because much higher and they start to just move the sand into piles but will adjust them once I get some corals in as suggested.
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