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09 Dec 2016 16:34 #121 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)

hammie wrote: Any progress or any idea when you'll be getting the tank wet?


Think I will leave it dry, looks nice that way and no water changes! Lol Just waiting on the RO stuff to come. Post seems to be very show this last week or so, lots of online shopping being done is say. Hoping to have it wet next week.

Stephen.

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09 Dec 2016 16:45 #122 by anthonyd (Anthony Debesne)
The tank is gonna look awesome with fishes and corals !!!!

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09 Dec 2016 16:58 #123 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)

anthonyd wrote: The tank is gonna look awesome with fishes and corals !!!!


Thanks Anthony, going to test out that ATM stuff so if all goes to plan there should be fish in it before Christmas.

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09 Dec 2016 18:13 #124 by anthonyd (Anthony Debesne)
You might end up setting up a marine shrimp rack after that tank :-D

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09 Dec 2016 18:51 #125 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Anthony there are some absolutely amazing marine shrimp available! I could sit and watch my boxer shrimp and cleaner shrimp all day long!

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09 Dec 2016 18:52 #126 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)

Hicker12 wrote:

hammie wrote: Any progress or any idea when you'll be getting the tank wet?


Think I will leave it dry, looks nice that way and no water changes! Lol Just waiting on the RO stuff to come. Post seems to be very show this last week or so, lots of online shopping being done is say. Hoping to have it wet next week.

Stephen.


That's probably not a bad idea really! Tho it won't look so good with dried up fish and inverts lying at the bottom of it lol

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09 Dec 2016 19:36 #127 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)

anthonyd wrote: You might end up setting up a marine shrimp rack after that tank :-D


Dont be putting ideas in my head Anthony! lol

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09 Dec 2016 19:43 - 09 Dec 2016 19:44 #128 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)
Thinking about stock now. Pair of clown fish to start, i think the tank is to small for tangs? Would a foxface be ok? Display volume is 335l with 90l sump. Cleaner shrimp are a must i think along with the rest of a clean up crew. Anymore suggestion? I like stock which is useful in the tank as well as cool looking. Seen a Royal Gramma Basslet in SW really cool little fish.

Stephen
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11 Dec 2016 20:36 #129 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Puck stock carefully! Remember your going to go thru stages of algae and so on! So plenty of hermits, snails and other algae eaters! Pistol shrimp and goby combo work very well and have a fantastic relationship to watch! My little sulphur goby looks like a right hump little bugger but he's very very pretty! My blenny is another algae eater and my urchin keeps my rock clean! Different snails help to turn over substrate and keep it clean also
Everything in my tank currently has a job to do! Unfortunately tho my corals are not doing well at all and I can't work out why! When I work it out I'll let you know so you can look out for the same thing and avoid whatever mistake I have made!
You might find that a yellow tang will be OK in your tank! They don't get massive and are really very pretty things to watch aswell

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13 Dec 2016 11:42 - 13 Dec 2016 11:43 #130 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)

hammie wrote: Puck stock carefully! Remember your going to go thru stages of algae and so on! So plenty of hermits, snails and other algae eaters! Pistol shrimp and goby combo work very well and have a fantastic relationship to watch! My little sulphur goby looks like a right hump little bugger but he's very very pretty! My blenny is another algae eater and my urchin keeps my rock clean! Different snails help to turn over substrate and keep it clean also
Everything in my tank currently has a job to do! Unfortunately tho my corals are not doing well at all and I can't work out why! When I work it out I'll let you know so you can look out for the same thing and avoid whatever mistake I have made!
You might find that a yellow tang will be OK in your tank! They don't get massive and are really very pretty things to watch aswell


Thanks for the reply, at least someone is reading this thread lol. Got the quarantine tank setup yesterday so happy days. Still waiting on the RO filters and resin to arrive. Still hoping to get water into the tank this week.

Are all your corals not doing well or is it just certain one not doing so well. I have been doing a lot of reading on them so maybe pop up your water parameters and i could help you find the issue?

Stephen
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13 Dec 2016 12:04 #131 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
I think you will find everybody is reading this thread attentively Stephen...Very very interesting stuff!

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13 Dec 2016 12:53 #132 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)
Pic of the quarantine tank, nothing fancy just sponge filter, small power head, heater and 2 bits of PVC i borrowed from my dads shed! Might also pop in a bit of spare rock i have.

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13 Dec 2016 15:58 - 13 Dec 2016 16:02 #133 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Definitely throw in a few rocks and extra hiding places to help the quarantined fish feel more relaxed which will help diffuse stress levels...

The other thing to remember when stocking the main tank is to add the larger more dominant bigger species later...Add the more docile smaller ones first...You are less likely to have bullying issues this way...
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15 Dec 2016 11:05 #134 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)
Ok guys, got one of the new RO membranes and the new DI resin so started producing 0 tds water this morning! Nice to finally see water in the tank at last! Will probably be tomorrow before its full.

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17 Dec 2016 11:49 #135 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Happy days matey!
That's the same substrate I have! Keep the pics coming!

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17 Dec 2016 12:39 #136 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)
Tank is full now, all pumps running! Have to say its a little more noisy then i expected. Each pump individually is not noisy but all running its a bit too noisy for me. Might look into getting a ecotech vectra m1 return pump in January.

Had a small leak in the return line which was easy to fix. I think i have a little too much water in it so will fine tune it over the next view days. At them min im working on salinity which is all new to me!

I have a love hate relationship with the 26hd's! The lights them self's are excellent but i hate the wifi connection, signal keeps dropping and it wont connect. I guess one i get them setup i wont have to mess around with them much. Some pix below.




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17 Dec 2016 12:44 #137 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)
Oh also installed these hidden magnetic locks to keep my 1 year old from swimming in my sump! Might be handy for some of you guys.

www.amazon.co.uk/Magnetic-Drawer-Cupboar...hidden+magnetic+lock

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17 Dec 2016 12:45 #138 by gunnered72 (Eddy Gunnered)
Excellent attention to detail...Awesome stuff Stephen!!!

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18 Dec 2016 18:41 #139 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
My primes done the same thing!!! So what I done was completely reset them and set them up from scratch again! Didn't have the same issue again!

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24 Dec 2016 12:34 #140 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)

hammie wrote: My primes done the same thing!!! So what I done was completely reset them and set them up from scratch again! Didn't have the same issue again!


Yeah tried that alright. I think the problem is im using a wifi extender and my tablet is swapping between the extender and the actual router. No big deal just a bit annoying!

Stephen.

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24 Dec 2016 12:43 #141 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)
Quick update, Used atm colony and added 2 common clown fish on Tuesday. Been monitoring parameters and have to say im impressed so far. I added colony in the morning before i went to get the fish. Ammonia was at 0.8 when i got home about 2 hours later i checked again and got 0.2ppm. Added the fish and all is fine.

I have been feeding lightly as per instructions, been watching behavior and parameters all are fine and fish doing very well so far.

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24 Dec 2016 12:48 #142 by JohnH (John)

Hicker12 wrote: Oh also installed these hidden magnetic locks to keep my 1 year old from swimming in my sump! Might be handy for some of you guys.

www.amazon.co.uk/Magnetic-Drawer-Cupboar...hidden+magnetic+lock


Thanks a million Stephen - these locks are exactly what I will need for a (non-aquatic) project. I never knew of their existence until now.

John

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N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


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It's a long way to Tipperary.

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24 Dec 2016 13:38 #143 by Hicker12 (Stephen Hickey)

JohnH wrote:

Hicker12 wrote: Oh also installed these hidden magnetic locks to keep my 1 year old from swimming in my sump! Might be handy for some of you guys.

www.amazon.co.uk/Magnetic-Drawer-Cupboar...hidden+magnetic+lock


Thanks a million Stephen - these locks are exactly what I will need for a (non-aquatic) project. I never knew of their existence until now.

John



No problem John, They work better then i expected to be honest! I have ordered more for baby proofing the rest of the house.

Stephen

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