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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:23 am Post subject: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank Reply with quote

 Hey  guys,
 
 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.
 
 Thanks  for  your  patience  guys..  Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:38 pm Post subject: Re: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank Reply with quote

 For  a  4  x  2  x  2  tank,  sump  should  be  minimum  3  x  1.5  x  1.5.  The  bigger  the  sump  the  better  it  is  to  maintain  the  parameters,  equips...etc  etc.
 
 In  FOWRL  set  up  lights  are  only  for  decorative  purpose  and  you  can  go  for  4  feet  T5  HO's   with  2  actinics  &  2  normal  whites.  
 
 Power  failure  will  not  affect  much  unless  it  is  for  a  prolonged  period  of  more  than  24  hrs  continuous.  Also  depends  on  the  stocking  level  in  your  tank.
 
 IMO  needle  wheel  pumps  are  better  for  your  skimmers.  
 
 Plan  for  a  chiller  in  the  long  run  in  case  you  want  to  convert  into  a  reef  set  up  or  want  to  have  imported  fishes.  
 
 Get  hold  of  a  local  fabricator  /  carpenter  and  design  a  4  legged  iron  or  wooden  stand  .  I  dont  think  the  centre  beam  will  suffice  your  tank  weight  plus  live  rocks.
 
 Care  level  of  each  fish  will  vary  based  on  your  tank's  parameters  and  depends  on  individiual's  preferences  in  selecting  fishes  and  IMO  fishes  are  fishes  no  matter  whether  they  are  hardy  or  not.
 
 Update  your  profile  with  location  so  that  guidance  on  shops  are  other  info  can  be  given.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:46 pm Post subject: Re: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank Reply with quote

 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?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:53 pm Post subject: Re: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank Reply with quote

 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.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:27 pm Post subject: Re: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank Reply with quote

 This  is  what  i  am  getting  the  stand  done  as.
 
 
 
 Im  gonna  cover  this  with  wood  when  i  get  it  this  weekend.  Guys  help  me  out  with  the  sources  pls.  There  is  so  many  views  but  so  less  replies  to  this  thread.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:54 pm Post subject: Re: Help me setting up my first saltwater tank Reply with quote

 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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