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Old 10-14-2012, 05:04 PM   #11
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Fair play, it's exciting setting up new tanks I get a real buzz from it. It's like having a new toy to play with. I will keep updating the pic of the tank as it takes shape, it won't be a quick process as money is tight at the moment.
I hear ya, That's why we create "build threads"

Not everyone has the dough to put it together in a few days hahaha
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:06 PM   #12
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I hear ya, That's why we create "build threads"

Not everyone has the dough to put it together in a few days hahaha
Lol I defiantly don't have that sort of cash. Wish I did tho there is so much I want to buy. But then saying that if it takes me ages at least I will appreciate it more lol.
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:08 PM   #13
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Lol I defiantly don't have that sort of cash. Wish I did tho there is so much I want to buy. But then saying that if it takes me ages at least I will appreciate it more lol.
Ya got that right lol my 90 is probably gonna take me 6-12 months to set up
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:32 PM   #14
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Ya got that right lol my 90 is probably gonna take me 6-12 months to set up
Yea it's a long process but well worth it!
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:46 PM   #15
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Yea it's a long process but well worth it!
Definitely, well ill let ur thread get back to it lol I have no experience wit external filters on SW tanks bc I only have the 29g with the HOB filter/Skimmer... hopefully someone will chime in n give ya a hand
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:58 PM   #16
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Definitely, well ill let ur thread get back to it lol I have no experience wit external filters on SW tanks bc I only have the 29g with the HOB filter/Skimmer... hopefully someone will chime in n give ya a hand
Yea hopefully. Cheers anyway. Keep checking in to see how it's going lol. (Slowly)
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Yea hopefully. Cheers anyway. Keep checking in to see how it's going lol. (Slowly)
Oh I definitely will! Lol
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That's the tank! Filled it today and put 15kg of live rock in. It's a start but far from where I want to go with it.

As for fish I was thinking 2 x Clarke clowns 1x flame angel 1 x copperband butterfly fish and 1 x fussy dwarf lion fish along with a few gobies and some turbo snails and maybe some crabs.

I realise some of the above have to go into an established tank but I'm in no rush to stock it.

Does anyone else use externals to run their marine tanks? What experiences have you had with them good or bad?
Hi! I use a Fluval 406 on my 55g along with a hob Aqua C remora S skimmer. It works great for me. You'll need a filter rated for twice the size of tank though for SW.

Congrats on getting your first SW tank set up! You seem to have quite a few pieces of rock in there, but personally I would rearrange the rocks a little so that there are some caves and crevice for the fish to swim through and hide in. If the fish can't hide, they get stressed out. And stressed fish=sick fish. Some of the rocks look to be fairly decent size, try turning them on their side or standing up to create caves. Not much else to do during the cycle, might as well play with rocks. lol Good luck!
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Hi! I use a Fluval 406 on my 55g along with a hob Aqua C remora S skimmer. It works great for me. You'll need a filter rated for twice the size of tank though for SW.

Congrats on getting your first SW tank set up! You seem to have quite a few pieces of rock in there, but personally I would rearrange the rocks a little so that there are some caves and crevice for the fish to swim through and hide in. If the fish can't hide, they get stressed out. And stressed fish=sick fish. Some of the rocks look to be fairly decent size, try turning them on their side or standing up to create caves. Not much else to do during the cycle, might as well play with rocks. lol Good luck!
Hi and thanks for your input. Nice to know someone else uses external filters on there S/W set up.

I am running a Eheim 2226 external which Is rated at 400-500ltr and the fluval 305 which is rated at 300ltr so I think with both running it should be enough. The rocks in the pic are just the base I have used them as a building block, I will be adding more soon and will set them out making sure fish can get in amongst them to hide and play. This will be done before adding fish.

How long have you been using external filters for with your S/W. I have heard that you can get algae growth and synobacteria problems from using this method. What problems have you experienced if any?
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There's actually quite a few sw people that use canisters and hob filters. I haven't had any problems actually. I've had FW tank for about 4 years with no problems either. My SW tanks only been up about 5 months or so, but no hair algae or cyano problems so far!! (Fingers crossed) lol. I do 20% PWC every week, without fail. And I rinse all the media from the filter then. I also rotate changing out the foam in the filter, if its not a tan color after rinsing, I change it. I never do more than I foam at a time, though. Then I empty the water out of canister itself and take my blue scrubby and quickly wipe down the inside to remove any waste particles. Then i put it back together. Only takes about 10 minutes or so. I also have 3 PH (2-750gph and 1-500 gph) in my 55g, so plenty of flow, which I've read can help prevent cyano as well. So far it's worked out well for me. I don't have room for a sump cuz it's a corner tank, so I don't really have much of a choice as far as filters.
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