Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:23 am Post subject: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank
I have finally decided to go ahead and set up my very first saltwater aquarium. Its a difficult task i understand and have prepared myself for the worst. I just want some help from you guys regarding this so my journey gets a lil smoother..
Im planning a 4x2x2 glass tank, with a 2x1.5x1.5 sump.
I am getting a RO filter from an OEM maker in chennai. He says the output TDS is around 30ppm (Filmtec membrane) is this fine for a FOWLR setup?
I want a metal stand (the frame) over which i plan to put some wood n cover it up. My LFS says for such a tank a 1 1/4 inch (1.25in) angle is sufficient. There will not be any legs as such, i plan to keep the base flat and have a centre support beam as well. Will it be enough for my setup?
Also he says he would powder coat it and teflon coat it to prevent rusting. is that ok?
I made myself a protein skimmer measuring 20inches tall and 4inches dia. Got a 2000 l/hr pump with a ceramic shaft. It has a normal impeller and was wondering the effects o introducing air into the intake. Will it cause any trouble? Im finding it very difficult to get a replacement impeller so that i can try some modding to the current one (i dun wana lose a perfectly working pump), nor am i able to get any needlewheel pumps in bangalore.
About lighting, i have with me 5 T5 tubes (normal blue and not actinic) each o 2 feet length and 14Watts. I plan to get myself two of those LED wall washers (50LED) from indiapetstore. Is this sufficient for me? Or do i look at something more? I cant afford MH for now.
Im not sure, but most of you would have backup power supply. In case of a power failure, which equipment do u keep powered on and which ones can wait till the mains come up once again?
What are the starting fishes u would recommend. Not the usual hardy ones like damsels n clowns n things like that. Im planning to let the tank cycle for nearly 3-4 months or more. So in the long run which fishes have given u success and hav there been any compatibility issues u have faced.
lastly if its not a trouble, can u guys PM me your sources, contacts etc? U would have people quite experienced in equipment and livestock trading. A little reference would help me get my tank up and running.
Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:46 pm Post subject: Re: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank
Thanks for the reply. I have updated my location. (Bangalore)
The stand that i mentioned was a 6 legged stand, that does not have any protrusions beyond the base.. as in the base of the stand is not raised from the ground.
I do understand that needle wheel pumps are more suited for the skimmer, but i am unable to find any. And converting my current impeller into a mesh wheel is not possible when im not able to find spares for it. Can someone suggest places where i might get either of them?
Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:53 pm Post subject: Re: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank
Since you are anyway planning to go for the metal frame, see if you can increase your size to 5 ft. Otherwise too, that should be good.
While getting the metal frame done, have a plan for covering it up with wood. It definetly improves the looks. If do not want to do it immediately, get the holes drilled in the metal frame as per plan. (This part, comes from my lessons learnt while getting the metal frame done).
Powdercoating is good, smoothes out the looks.
From your design, looks like you are planning to have the aquarium just above the ground? Best looks for a Aquarium is about 2.5 ft high stand.
Also plan for a plywood sheet + thermocol on the frame before you putup the aquarium on it. For my 6.5ft aquarium, I have 18 mm plywood sheet. Best, have the holes drilled, so that you can fix the plywood sheet permanently.
Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:54 pm Post subject: Re: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank
I just experimented with LED's. I got myself one of the Blue and Red Dual LED (3 pin LED). If you power both of them together, i get a violet color. This is quite similar to the Actinic ones i have seen in a shop nearby. Anyone know if this would give the correct wavelength too? If it can, then this could become a cheaper alternative.
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