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Postby savage on 31 Jan 2016 14:04

So after the perils of starting a marine tank under the illusion that the bigger they are the easier they are to keep... let this be a lesson.. they are not! And nor are they cheap! It got so bad that in the end some of you may remember I put the tank up for sale. Now at this point please don't say I was greedy but my price was more than generous.. so I thought it would fly out the door, I only had one interested party come to view and even then they were not expecting to pay the price.

But... as I had spent ages cleaning it up and making it look amazing, I just couldn't let it go.. so I invested a lot of time and money and now I am so pleased with the results and the fact I did not sell it!!!

Now a few people wanted me to blog ages ago as I was building it.. but I didn't have the time nor the energy to do such a thing.. plus it was a very slow process. So bare with me over the next few months as I reveal how I have done it..

I had a custom built 650 litre tank with a 70 litre sump. I have my own R/O system that is running near perfect water. 2 bubble magus reactors and 1 bubble magus curve 7 skimmer.. That's all I have to filter the water and by the look of the corals it is doing the job.

The parts I don't like... not enough flow.. (although it is good at the moment ), lights not powerful enough, loosing too mutch water through evaporation, too much algea, cleaning the glass everyday.. all of these I will be blogging about in the coming months as I fix. But attached are some pics for starters.
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Re: Back on track

Postby mrgk on 31 Jan 2016 20:04

Good to hear that your interest in the tank is restored!
This is a drug and im getting addicted little by little.



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Postby savage on 31 Jan 2016 23:05

I have to admit.. it really has been that moment of change.. there is so much I have yet to explore and the interest is growing... still a long way to go.. but all this will lead to a massive end result.. and no one will see it coming till it happens.. loving it!
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Postby savage on 21 Feb 2016 12:43

So what with Irish water being the amazing accurate perfect friendly company it is (not!) I knew I had to do something about the water loss. An open top tank is fantastic as we all know but I was loosing about 4-5 litres a day. This water of course was pure evaporation and the only place it was going was the kitchen. Condensation everywhere.

So I finally ordered a glass top to attempt to relieve the water loss issues... and as with all my purchases I always think long and hard about what, why, when and results.. we all want the best obviously.

So on it went...

Good points
Immediately the kitchen is no longer with condensation and the difference has been amazing.
The water loss has reduced, I've still yet to do some proper measuring tests but I'd say it's reduced by a 3rd.. which is nice but I want it to be a little more
Heat loss is now controlled especially over night

Bad points
The fitting is terrible.. this is from the same company that made the tank. It's delicate to say the least and not easy to maintain the tank.. by no means is it practical.
I think it has reduced the light slightly but the corals are still in good form and can't see a difference..but will need to re think if more specialised corals obtained.

Overall I'm not impressed.. especially for how much it cost. I have one other option that I want to explore before attempting to make my own
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Postby savage on 05 Mar 2016 15:58

So after a year in the tank.. the very impressive blue trigger fish has to go. He was fine with all the corals in the tank but today I bought a hydnophoria and he loves playing with it... and i can see that happening with my future corals also.

He was getting a little aggressive too and as there are not much fish in at the moment he has become king of the tank, so nothat much hope for future newbies. Bit sad cos he is a beautiful and fine example of a blue trigger.
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