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My First Marine/Reef Tank (Warning Pic Heavy)
« on: December 07, 2010, 12:02:08 PM »
I set up my first 120L marine tank with an 80L sump 3 weeks ago, just to get a feel for this (it's something different...).

I thought I'd give a bit of incite on my experience for this and a cost breakdown (I had some of the equipment so cost are not accurate.)

I thought setting up a reef tank would be much more expensive than a fresh water tank but my wife wanted it so I converted my planted shrimp tank to a reef tank. Its not as hard or expensive as I thought it would be.

Costs:

Tank: Already had this
Sump: Built my own from old glass I had lying around, Silicon cost about $15
Skimmer: Got a second-hand one with 1 pump and a spare pump for $50
Live Rock: This was the expensive part, $225 for 15kg
Sand: I had a lot of lime sand, and got 3kg of live sand for $3 to seed it.
Live rock Rubble: For the sump, I got 5kg free.
Light: I had one that use to be on my planted tank
Overflow and return piping: I had all the PVC so I'm not sure what it cost, it would not be much.
RO unit: (for mixing with salt water) already have one for home use.
Sea Salt: $45 for 4kg
Refractometer: $45
Test Kits: $40

Total $423

The tanks looks terrible at the moment because it had just finished the cycle, got my first zero readings last night on ammonia and nitrite, and only 5ppm on nitrate, a week ago ammonia was 2ppm, nitrite around 1ppm and nitrate 40ppm.

The great thing about the reef tank is that you get heaps of critters with the live rock, here are a few things I got with mine, http://s1176.photobucket.com/albums/x334/motorolo32563256/. This is not the only critters I got, they were only the ones I needed to identify on one of the marine sites. I find myself sitting in front of this tank at night looking for new critters every night, and then when I turn of the light I wait about an hour and grab a touch. There are heaps of crabs, snails and shrimp that come out at night.

I have not added any fish yet but will be getting a couple this weekend, I will also be adding a few more snails and crabs.

I will post some full tank shots once it starts looking better, I've got a brown algae growing on the glass, rocks and sand, apparently it is supposed to happen and should go away relatively quickly.
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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2010, 05:14:40 PM »
Nice post mate, just thought I'd post your pics for those that don't know to click on the link:  ;)


























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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2010, 07:11:18 PM »
Makes me wanna set up a marine tank.... one day!  :drool:

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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2010, 07:22:43 PM »
Definately worth it, I'll always have cichlids but the reef thank very interesting, there is alot to learn, one thing that I still feel is a bit dodgy is that it runs without any conventional filtration just the live rock and sand, I have no machanical filtration in the tank but the water is still clear.

Found another hermit crab when I got home, so the count is now 2 hermits, I've been finding at least one new critter every day for the last 3 weeks.


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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 12:06:02 AM »
did u get the snails. starfish and coral and all other critters with the live rock?
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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 03:43:39 PM »
Hey mate,

What about some full tank shots?

Looking great!
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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011, 08:49:59 PM »
I'll get some full tank shots up this weekend

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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2011, 07:09:18 PM »
Here are some more shots of the tank, sorry about the quality, I took them with my phone, my camera is charging I'll get some descent pictures as soon as it is ready.



























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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2011, 08:23:01 PM »
 :coolpics: Wow lookin' good mate!!

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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2011, 08:50:08 PM »
Ok Camera is charged here are a few more pics, sorry for the scratches on the glass, I'm having a new tank made, I used this tank because this started out as an experiment...




































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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank (Warning Pic Heavy)
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2011, 11:26:12 PM »
heaps of some nice corals there
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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank (Warning Pic Heavy)
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2011, 12:30:19 AM »
what kinda price are u looking for?

do u have a current stocklist?
as u haven't updated any fish/coral, going in but a few pics
how big is the tank? did u renew it liked u mentioned?

could be a nice seahorse tank :D how come u selling?
any problems with corals being eaten ?
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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank (Warning Pic Heavy)
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2011, 08:03:09 AM »
Make me an offer for everything excluding the LED light. I'll give a floro light with it.

I'm selling because I'm starting a species specific breading program, I'm going to focus all my attention on this and the marine tank takes up a lot of time.

there are more that $200 worth of corals and fish in there, the tank is 2ft x 1.5ft x 500mm comes with sump, stand skimmer all media wave makers overflow return pumps everything you need...

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Re: My First Marine/Reef Tank (Warning Pic Heavy)
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2011, 08:10:24 AM »
Looks great mate, I can't wait to get my LED setup, what's your ratio of coral blues to white leds?
Also, any chance you could pm me with your overflow idea?
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