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  1. 3 points
    After lots of planning, and having smaller tanks in rental properties, I have finally got fish in my new display tank. I have spent so many years trying to stuff large fish into the minimum tank they can be housed in and wanted to do something different. The aim was to make a beautiful piece of living art for the house and have many small fish in a large tank. I have done a lot of reading on this site (member for 14yrs despite very few posts) and also some SW reef sites and thank you all for the information so generously given. The background took a long time and the first fill was pretty scary but it held. I have an waste water pipe that runs under the floor and into the garden so no buckets in the house. The budget was around $5k including fish and panels for the stand to match bookcase. SPECS Tank: 7x2.5x2.5 from Abyss in Sydney Sump 4x2x1.5 Filter socks -> Jap mat -> pot scrubbers -> return Stand: 50x50x4mm steel 900mm high painted with bed liner Heater: 2 x jager 300W with an Inkbird controller Internal flow: Sunsun wave maker(not sure if I will need this) Gravel: 50% crushed coral aragonite 50% Bunnings play sand Shells: Marine shells from Shelly Beach, NSW Water aging and change: 240lt wheelie bin with small powerhead to get water into tank/sump Return pump: Ecotech M1 Lights: 4 x 3ft cheapo LED with dimmers added by me Background: XPS + Styrofoam + expanda foam Joined with silicone and skewers and then covered with Crommelins pond sealer and sand Stuck to tank with about 20 tubes of silicone FISHLIST I intentionally don’t want anything too expensive or rare. As it’s a very broad mix there may be failures as they grow, pair and breed. Synodontis petricola 9 In tank Bristlenose? 3 In tank Neolamprologus Lelupi 5 In tank Neolamprologus Pulcher 5 In tank Altolamprologus black Calvus 3 Altolamprologus Compressiceps 2 Lamprologus Brevis 6 In tank leptosoma cyprichromis 20? Julidochromis malieri 5 In tank Tanganicodus Irsacae 1
  2. 2 points
    Hi After along lay off from having a reef tank, I made the hard to decision to sell all of my freshwater stingrays and set up a new reef tank! The tank is in our front lounge room that backs onto our double car garage. I picked this room of the house, as it was easy to drill through the brick wall and turn half the garage into my 'equipment' room. The tank itself is a 8x3x2' (LxWxH) glass, black silicone and starfire/low iron front and sides. The stand I had professionally welded by a local fabricator, and powder coated 'satin' black. I picked a Satin finish (low gloss) as it gives a bit more of a 3D feel rather than matt black that very much looks 2D. The stand is all open and won't be cladded with anything. I think the height and sleekness of the stand being open gives the tank an illusion of being taller than it is at only 60cm/24". Also having a bracket made and finished the same as the stand that will go over the tank for the lighting to hang from. The tank was also drilled for a Synergy Ghost Overflow, and has been plumbed as a bean animal system to reduce noise as much as possible. The idea is that no plumbing will be seen from the front when viewing the tank and the pipe work will go through the wall and all that will be seen is an open stand with the wall and back of the tank also painted black. The idea is to black everything out; back glass, stand and wall and try get as much focus on the colours of the fish and corals. The quarantine tank also sits in the garage in the equipment room. The QT tank is bigger than what most people would use, but I had it from one of my FW set ups and the tank was pretty much brand new. QT is 4'x2.5'x1.5' approx' 400L/100Gal - and will be filters by an Aqua One Nautilus 2700. I also like the idea of being able to quarantine decent amounts of fish at a time. The rock in the display is Carib Sea Life Rock, a combination of 'shelf' and 'shapes'. Ordered online to try it out and see if I'd use it on the display. Sump - 4'x2.5'x1.5' and is approx' 400L/100Gal. I have already bought my skimmer, ended up going with the Nyos Quantum 300. I got this skimmer as it had some very good reviews, came recommended and seemed to be reasonable value for money. I will keep this thread updated as things, change and things should come along pretty quickly. Next up is to get the back of the tank painted and the wall drilled and painted to get the tank moved back onto the wall! Cheers, Alex
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    Ray - Thanks mate. Tank painted by the boss, 33 weeks pregnant and done a really good job!
  4. 1 point
    Update - got the mixing station mostly plumbed. All dry fitted then glued. Only a couple very minor leaks which I have since rectified. Pretty happy with it and seems to be working a treat so far. The left barrel is SW and the right RODI. I like the 'closed loop' on the left as I can turn the pump on and really churn the water to either mix salt or get the water full of oxygen before a water change. Each drum holds 220L (~60gal). All that is left to do is clamp a flexible hose on the reducer and install drill a hole for the float switch to plumb the RODI line into so I don't flood my garage.
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    Slipshodman - Thanks for the kind words. Have a busy weekend this weekend, finishing off whatever plumbing I can on the display, and potentially leak testing. Will also be plumbing the mixing station, doesn't sound like much, but there are a heap of taps and other plumbing pieces involved. Will definitely keep this thread updated as things progress.
  6. 1 point
    We are like every other couple expecting a kid, we will wing it! First kid is always a bit of a trial run anyway isn’t it?
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    Josh - I agree that it does look the part. The Carib Sea Life Rock i got for the quarantine was just a sample to see if I liked it, and I do for the most part. I have used live rock in the past and as good as live rock is for your system, it also comes with its fair share of nasty hitchhikers, have dealt with large growing crabs and mantis shrimp in the past. The plan was to use the Carib Sea Life Rock (I'll use the term 'fake rock' from here) as a total replacement to avoid live rock altogether (and all the hitch hikers that come with it). For me it is either use all live rock (and deal with the hitch hikers) or none at all. Using some of both is kind of counter intuitive as to why people use the fake rock to begin with (not that people don't do that). At worst, I would do the tank with fake rock and just add a scraping of coraline algae off some live rock without actually putting the rock into my tank to seed it. In terms of price - its about the same. Most retailers of the fake rock go for ~$8kg for the base rock and around the $16-18kg mark for the 'shapes and shelf' variety. Quality live rock in Perth is usually $15-16kg! So going down to fake rock alternative doesn't really make it any cheaper! as crazy as that is. I will add some sand to the quarantine tank shortly as I want the star of the show in the display tank to be a small group 2-3 Lennardi Wrasse - that do better with sand (somewhere to sleep and forage) and I want to get the Lennardi into quarantine soon. It's a funny one, as the Lennardi are super rare overseas, which is a nice change to have something readily available in Aus and have keepers in the US froth! and also people telling me they are so expensive in Aus at ~$250ea after being a long term FW stingray/exotics keeper in Aus, $250 is a 'cheap fish'!
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    Looking forward to the updates as it progresses
  9. 1 point
    Is anyone else keeping these right now? The male I have from the Tanzania side is turning out to be the best one I have kept, seems to have a lot of red in the body.
  10. 1 point
    Nice setup, do you have the fish in now?
  11. 1 point
    I used to be a sump man for years until i got into cannisters a year or so ago. Now i have a very quiet tank in my living room that doesn't smell. I like to overfilter and i would put 2 large cannisters on that setup. I have 1 fluval fx6 and 2 aqua one nautilus 2700, but you could use 2 big cannisters and just clean them every few months. I would space out the cleaning of the 2 so that you are sure you have plenty of active bacteria e.g. dont clean them both at same time.