Help Please First Marine Tank

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08 Feb 2011 21:34 #1 by iknowkungfu (chris)
Hi
In the process of getting into the hobby and converting my jewel 125 to a nano tank, Im a little confused on what system to go for dont want to build a sump.
I have bought alot of good quality live rock that the shop is holding for me and a protein Skimmer... from ebay?. Its just the tank is small so I want to have as little equipment in it as I can the protein skimmer is internal...now its just I have been told if I got good quality live rock for the tank and bought myself an external canister filter and crushed some live rock to put into the external canaister this would do? ie... the live rock to do the bio, and the canaister to move the water and clean.

The canaister method would save alot of space in my tank and all I would have to add is a heater, but the protein skimmer I would have to cut the hood and attach the skimmer above ...also I have been told they are quite loud..

I plan to have 2 or 3 soft corals.

Tx

Is their a canister that has a heater built in ...also I have seen a jbl thats giving and external uv filter with it ...good or bad for aquarium?? also what flow rate would I need.

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08 Feb 2011 21:41 #2 by andrewo (andrew)
Welcome and welcome again to saltwater :) I dont think you need a sump for a tank that size. Good quality liverock? As far as i know you still gotta let the rock settle for almost 2 months before the CUC goes in; then fish then corals. So in theory you dont need a skimmer in the beginning.

Thats just my 2 cents as im only in marine for the last few months myself. Drop by the nearest sponsor and im glad they can give you handy pointers.Many others here will no doubt be coming to your rescue soon too or you can also go to our marine section and see new start up guides. You really need a lot of patience for the cycle and of course lots more of $$$$$ :laugh:

All the best.

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08 Feb 2011 21:43 #3 by stretnik (stretnik)
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Hi IKKF,

Yep, Eheim make a lovely External Filter, it contains a Heater and I haven't heard too much negativity in their regard, Hydor, I think, make an in-line heater that you attach to the external tube that heats the water as it passes through it.

media.zooplus.com/bilder/eheim/external/...ia/1/300/36486_1.jpg



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08 Feb 2011 21:48 #4 by iknowkungfu (chris)
Tx for the reply also I have seen the prices of the test kits ...I have a fresh water test kit think api could I use this to keep track of the cycling of the tank.

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08 Feb 2011 21:50 - 08 Feb 2011 21:54 #5 by wolfsburg (wolfsburg)
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BEWARE! If you are considering using an Eheim Thermofilter make sure it is the models rated for marine use. If you use the freshwater ones for salt water the seams on the heating element can split and pretty much explode.

Don't want to cause any alarm or anything! :pinch:

The API fresh master test kits don't work with salt water, apart from one of them (either pH or ammonia AFAIR)... I tried it myself before for the craic. Maybe someone here might swap with you if they've gone gone the other way?!
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08 Feb 2011 22:03 #6 by iknowkungfu (chris)
Ya just looked on the site its just for fresh water think will stay at the present with a small wave maker and protein skimmer Ill do some thing with it im quite handy ... so when I put the live rock in to start the cycle I dont have to switch on the skimmer also when the tank is up and running after a few months do I have to keep the skimmer on all the time, I have bought 15kg of live rock ...went mad a little!

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