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Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr, 2016 8:33 pm
by Aphilla
Introduction:
I was given a 3 foot tank by a friend that was moving, and I decided that a marine tank would be for me because of the extra colours I'd be able to get. It's a nice, simple tank for the moment, but I hope to upgrade equipment as I go.

System Objectives: To learn about reefing in a methodical manner, starting basic and moving to more advanced methods and equipment, so I can be in the best possible position to have a large aquarium in 4 years time

System Type: Fish only, will become mixed

Display System:

Strike up Date: 10/2/2016, first fish added 6/4/2016

Display Tank: AquaOne 3'

Display Lighting: AquaOne single T5

Stand: AquaOne 3' Stand

Hood: Nil

Sump: Nil

Refugium: Nil

Refugium Lighting: Nil


Support systems:

System Water: Artificial Salt Water

Display Water circulation: 1200L/PH canister filter, 2x 5000L/PH powerheads

Return Pump: Nil

Skimmer: Nil

Evaporation Top Up: Manual Top Up


Chemical Support:

Calcium Addition: Nil

Alkilinity Addition: Nil

Other Chemical Maintenance: Nil

Current Water Chemistry: If applicable
Nitrates: 40mg/L
Phosphates: Unknown
Alkalinity: Unknown
Calcium: Unknown
Salinity / Specific Gravity: 1.021
Magnesuim: Unknown


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22/04/2016

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14/04/2016

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Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr, 2016 9:07 pm
by colg
Hi Brett,
I can't see your images, not sure what's going on?
Have you got them hosted on a site like photobucket or are they on here?
Post a link and I'll see if I can help sort it.

Cheers,
Col

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr, 2016 9:18 pm
by Abarnes
Hey Aphilla,

cant wait to see what happens here, just a note though, the forums don't seem to like imgur, while its an easy upload Photobucket or similar hosting sites are better to not only keep track of photos but also upload to blogs and forums :thumbsup:

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr, 2016 9:18 pm
by Abarnes
*edit* double post .... silly website :cheers:

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr, 2016 9:54 pm
by Aphilla
OK, so I moved my pics to photobucket and now they seem to be working :) I just probably need to compress them in future though

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr, 2016 10:08 pm
by colg
Cool!
Tank looks very clean, how long have you had it set up.
Was there a long cycle?

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr, 2016 10:31 pm
by mrkris
thats a nice size to start with! looking forward to seeing how you progress

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Wed 13 Apr, 2016 8:51 am
by Aphilla
colg wrote:Cool!
Tank looks very clean, how long have you had it set up.
Was there a long cycle?


I've had it up about 7 weeks, I don't think the cycle has finished yet, however ammonia, nitrate and nitrite have spiked and all were dropping at last test Sunday, with the fish in the tank. I was getting a little impatient, but they have been in the tank a week today, and seem to be doing well. I fed them with frozen once and then they seemed to go off pellets, I'm trying to bring them back. But they may also have had quite enough with the frozen to see them through for a while, as the three of them were sharing one of the pre-made blocks....

I think I'll add a couple of gobies and a peppermint shrimp next, but that will be a couple of weeks off yet. I am wanting to add a couple of corals, but I need/want to do more research on them first.

Brett.

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Wed 13 Apr, 2016 4:29 pm
by melfish
Nice start. Be careful with overfeeding in a new tank- a block of frozen food is a lot for three little fish and can raise your nutrients quickly, especially before the good bacteria is stable. Looks like you've been testing for that anyway though. Looking forward to seeing how it progresses, soft corals are a good hardy start and don't need a whole lot of light :thumbsup:

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Thu 14 Apr, 2016 9:52 am
by mrkris
what are you running in your canister filter? be a bit careful if you are running normal fresh water sponges/wool as they will catch and hang onto poop and food which will cause your nutrient levels to go through the roof if you aren't cleaning it out very frequently.

if anything i would rip everything out of the canister and look at putting a big block of marine pure. wait a few months for that to build up bacteria while your tank goes through its ugly stages and then look at slowly adding some more things

nothing good in marine happens quickly :)

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Thu 14 Apr, 2016 11:19 am
by Abarnes
:withyou:

The sponges and filter floss / wool will act the same way a filter sock in a sump does and will polish your water and catch any detritus etc. really well, however like filter socks it will be best to change / clean them every 3 days or so. Forcing water through the unclean sock / sponge etc. will have the opposite effect to removing unwanted waste etc, and increase nitrates etc. (as mentioned above :thumbsup: )

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Thu 14 Apr, 2016 12:54 pm
by Aphilla
Thanks for the feedback guys, I had forgotten about maintaining the canister filter, it has floss, ceramic and activated carbon, so I'll have to have a look at the floss and atleast rinse it until pay day. I have heard that activated carbon only really works for the first few days and then the openings to its pores can become blocked, so something else for me to try to remember :thumbsup:

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Thu 14 Apr, 2016 2:19 pm
by Abarnes
Carbon should last a long time, just check what carbon you are using, some products may only be suitable for Freshwater. I'd look at purchasing some carbon from a Marine Aquarium, or similar supplier online. Look at K&J Aquatics, they have some fantastic carbon available (and they are here in Vic), or check any of the other online reefing store.

The ceramic is fine, however if you do head down the path, Marine Pure is an amazing product for both Reef and Freshwater tanks. I'm using it in the sump of my Reef, and I also have 6 2" cubes in my eheim canister on my Freshwater tank, I've found it much better than ceramic, and if you have enough (or the right sized blocks) it can help with de-nitrification also.

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Thu 14 Apr, 2016 8:28 pm
by Aphilla
I have definitely heard alot about Marine Pure and researched it quite abit, and I will be incorporating it in some way. But all as funds will allow, there is a wealth of knowledge out there and I'm wading through it :)

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Sun 17 Apr, 2016 1:31 pm
by Aydee
Nice start to the tank mate. It's all a bit of a learning curve, but it sounds like you're on track.

Dave

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Sat 23 Apr, 2016 12:12 am
by Aphilla
I'm starting to get a bit of algae growing, and I still have 3 fish, very happy about that!

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Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Sat 23 Apr, 2016 12:14 am
by mrkris
looking good! how are your parameters looking?

Re: Brett's first tank

PostPosted: Sun 01 May, 2016 8:19 pm
by coral1
:wavey: :wavey: hey nice to meet you both at todays meet :thumbsup:
tank looks like its off to a great start