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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 12:56 am

Thanks Dekker it might all end in tears yet.. Sad
but I Will know I Will have tried my best... time will tell Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:05 am

dont think they will be any tears you seem to know what you are doing chez

well done so far.


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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 2:54 am

That looks really impressive chez. I would sooooo love to have that tank!

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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:31 am

Thanks Guys.
I Was going to put it at the side of the chimney brest other side to E.
But where I sit I only get to see half of the tank Sad
and with my eyesight,all I See is 2 orange blobs swimming.
Now I Wish I had put E's tank right up to the window wall like I was going to.
and both tanks would have gone in the 1 alchove.
I don't want to Empty E's tank now and put him through all that again,
he hates me for it anyway...
Theres no way I could empty that now.
Now the only other place is where my computer is as I Have the desk top on a stainless computer table, hard drive underneath,along with printer.scanner.
my screen is 19 inch.then theres the keyboard,
and there is nowhere I Can think to put it.
Except sell the lot and buy a laptop.then the new tank would be between me and Malc.
I Have put a pick below so you can see where I mean.
I can only have the settee's this way, as on the right is the door
the window you see goes right across, as does the front window
I need a bigger house...
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 4:38 am

Malc has just finished the lava background,
we just have to wait a couple of days now for it to dry..
it took 2 tubes of Aqua silicon

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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 6:31 am

I can't get over how confident and knowledgeable you sound about the marine stuff. I'm impressed... respect

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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:14 am

Hi chez, I'm impressed next question,i was going to sell the 200L tank when i got the 450Ltank,but if i kept the 200L tank could i turn it in to a marine tank and if so would i have to get holes drilled in it for filters etc.also could i use the flueval 205 ext filter. computer
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:46 am

No you dont have to have it drilled.
buy you will have to cut a peice out of the hood to fit a skimmer in.

you would have to get marine lights. for the corals anemone
these lights have to be on about 10/12 hrs a day..
usually people do a sump For bigger tanks.
they use a (small tank) with rubble/loads of live rock in.

2 "power heads,coral sand.
loads of money.
you will need cooler fan too

yes you can use your external pump you dont have to put anything in it.
just use as a filter.but the powerhead does all the movement for you.

you can put carbon and phospate remover in it this removes the phospate.
if you write in your main search box sump or google it, you can read about it.
but I Think these are for bigger tanks.

Like I Am taking all the stuff out of my new tank
and putting in.carbon and phospate remover and a polishing cloth (the white pad)
but this will have to be taken out and changed.

most tanks can be converted,I was thinking of doing this with the roma90.
before I sold it.

All different from tropical as you keep there bacteria.

Dont forget your live rock is a filter.so the more you buy the better..
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:51 am

Hi chez,i was looking on a marine web site that had info on converting tanks,they were saying that you could keep cost down by having live rock and fish but no corals, therefore no need for special lighting or sump,although i would not be able to keep creatures plants etc that need corals,had some pic of tanks with just live rock and marine fish still looked good, what do you think.ACER help
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 5:19 pm

Acer have you seen the Immitation ones. I bought some yesturday,
very nice,and very effective and even sway in the water movement.
plus you will be saving the marine enviroment.

I prefer the coral frags to Anemone's not so much looking after,
as most feed themself's.this is where your power filter comes in.

you have to feed Anemone.with a turkey baister into there mouths, or they will die
they need flow, and you have to know what ones you can have,
as some can be harmfull,and even kill your fish,

so at the end of the day although they look nice you have got more work.
but I guess its a matter of choice..
Acer lots of Q's you got the bug... ??????
come into the dark side with me whooooo Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:05 pm

your doing a real nice job on this marines lark chez keep up the good work and plz keep the pics coming.


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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 7:54 pm

aww thanks Dekker. hug
I have decided to put the new tank where the computer goes
between the settee's
buy a small coffee table for our cups.
and put that at the front,
then buying a small p.c screen
this screen of mine is donkeys years old and playing up anyway.
I Will get a 15 inch if I Can. I Really dont want a laptop as with the websites I Do
it will be Awkward.
I'll post pics when set up Smile
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:14 pm

and to think all this started becase you wanted a single species tank hahaha

It has led to twenty different tanks for E, the curse of the pink net, complete re-design of your living room, repetative strain injury for your OH after sticking a tom of rocks on a bit of plastic, and now, a new computer!

E has a lot to answer for Smile

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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:49 pm

you forgot all the arguments Diane.
just found out the lights don't work on the new tank
got to return the hood
Rolling Eyes its our luck.
oh and I decided against the backing.... this will end up on ebay.lol
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:51 pm

Just been reading all your posts on setting up a marine, and the one you already have chez - fascinatong stuff!!

Look forward to the next phase:) Is this new tank just for the fish you have already or are you going to add some new ones?
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:12 am

Hey chez, you really sound an expert in all this, it looks great - the tank you have I mean, and I am sure the new one will be just as good if not better.

Will E be able to see the new tank from his mansion - hope he's a good neighbour lol
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:20 am

the marine section is really taking off with you getting your setup chez and rightly so,

but plz dont forget elvis some more pics plz.




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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:14 am

chez wrote:
some goodie some baddies.
you will get bristle worms in the rock these are goodies
although not very nice to look at horrid looking creatures
there like scavengers, only come out at night.
some get rid of them some keep them.
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Baddies, aiptasia these are brown and clear see through type nasties.
you need tweezers to remove these.off the liverock.
I think if left they can damage your Anemone.
Peppermint shrimp.eats these apparently but only if there hungry


Apista can be killed off with Apista X and I have read using a pipette with boiling hot RO and KAPOW lol....

Aparently if Apistas are allowed to grow rather large they can eat fish (I am not sure how true this is but someon on PFK forums seemed to loose a clown fish to an Apista the size of a cricket ball)
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Thu Apr 02, 2009 3:59 am

Thanks Dave,

l@@king close at the live rock all the time.

we have had a bit of a set back....
I Noticed the water was very cloudy,
on further inspection down at the bottom of one of the chambers
at the back we had left a plug in still in plastic wrapper
First mistake, so only one filter has been working,
still is until we are sure all the wiring has dried out,Malc changed the plug
so now its just dangaling at the back with no cover on.

Note to anyone reading this and thinking of getting one
CHECK ALL CHAMBERS.....
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:42 am

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Aparently if Apistas are allowed to grow rather large they can eat fish (I am not sure how true this is but someon on PFK forums seemed to loose a clown fish to an Apista the size of a cricket ball)

Jeez. they sound gross then! I never thought that what looks like a bit of bad algae could get that out of control. It's like the Creature from the Black Lagoon pale

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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:10 am

Oh dear chez, its a learning cycle huh Smile

Btw, do you have much experience over decision making over tanks lol, i noticed you said you had an Orca, what size and why did you dislike it?
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:11 am

Great little set up Dave.Orca tl450 58 ltrs.

LITTLE being the operative word.lol
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:55 am

Oops Chez, still, hopefully a minor hic-cup.
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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:44 am

Sounds like a few minor teething problems then, chez but nothing too serious, I hope. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: MARINE TANK DIARY   Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:41 am

Just a Update.

going to get a heater tomorrow the same as Elvis's unbreakable
we got one with the tank but think its too big, 200watt.the water is very hot.
also these ones a light starts flashing if it goes up or down a couple of degree's
I hve started transfering some of the live rock out of the marine tank to the new one
only a couple of peices. don't want to upset the balance.
Malc plugged the other plug in to day now its dried out.
we will move some more rock over tomorrow then move fish sat.
when we have checked both stats in tanks.
I will swop water over in both tanks though before doing it.to try and match
both tanks.and make sure temp is identical.
bought one of those digital temp meter and we will make sure both tank readings
are the same.


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