Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side.

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    Thanks @Barry Roux. I'm still on the learning curve so I will defnitly check out the link. I realy want to do this right from the start, can't afford it to stuff up. I'm totaly clueless when it comes to diy lighting. The light I'm planning to get is max 48W, fully adjustable, timer, full spectum also adjustable. Best part is I can get it at cost. In the long run it will be better for me to do it this way.

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    Good luck with the project. I will be following your progress.
     
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    Thanks @Reedfish

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    Nice - sometimes in life one needs to take a step back and consider what really matters.

    As to marine, I'll definitely try it out one day. I like how foreign it is from daily life, like an alien landscape with such crazy vibrancy. I've been watching this series over the past while:
    Quite a nice intro to things.
    For now I still have much to do in freshwater, and then probably tanganyikan setups, but will follow this thread with interest too.
     
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    Yes @Cale24 tgere is a whole new world out there. And also you get Sexy shrimp, and yes that is what they are called

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    Tell me about it! I walk from looking at some nice Caridinas past a reef setup - see the shrimp in there - an instantly forget what I saw prior.
     
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    Got my first batch of live rock today, about 3,5kg. Need about the same amount to create my idea with the rock work. Please note that only some of it will be used in the rock scape, the rest is going into the sump. Biological chamber is abou 26 x 7 x 15cm so I can fit in a good amount of live rock.[​IMG]

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    Final lot of live rock added and hard scape done, for now. Or at least until I start fiddling with it. Water has cleared up nicely.

    Biggest change I made was change protein skimmers as the hang on one sucked. Replaced it with a Jebo, 2004 model, internal skimmer. Ofcause I had a problem. A 8cm skimmer doesn't fit into a 7.5cm sump. This forced me to build a hob chamber, 15cm deep and 30cm wide, for the skimmer to stand in. New skimmer works perfect. The massive pump was added to the biological compartment and some of the live rock moved to the return compartment. Return of skimmer goes in there as well. No it's not a toilet too the right of the aquarium. It's just a bucket on a chair.

    Now for the long wait for the aquarium to cycle, damit it's going to be a looooooong 4 weeks.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    Love the scape @pierreschoonraad
    The live rock is really nice
    Water nice and crystal clear too
    Yeah... the frustrating wait now!
     
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    Thanks @MariaS your being way too kind. I suck with rocks in general. I will keep on fiddling with it as I have a planned idea of the corals I want to use. I just get the idea that I will be using a few tubes of glue to get it right

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    And I only see this thread now ???????

    Congrats mate !!! I admire people following their feelings and faith!!! Well done !!!

    I know nothing about Marine, so can't be of any help but definitely will follow this thread.

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    Thanks @DoubleDutch . Sometimes I wish I had the self-reliance that my 20 year old daughter has, then I might have done it a long time ago.

    On the reef side, I'm learning as I go.

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    Same here mate. We were born in the wrong year (age) hahaha.

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    Looking good.
    I believe the rock now needs to “cure”.
    How long until you can start adding live stock?
     
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    Thanks @Reedfish . It's a normal cycling perioud, 4 to 6 weeks. Did add some Remidiation to try and speed thing up. NH4 was at 1.5. NO2 at 1.5 and NO3 at 5. Seeing that this aquarium has only been running for about a week, and only had a working protein skimmer for a day, as well as the bacteria that was added it diesn't look bad at all. But I'm going to be safe and let the prosess continue and the aquarium settle. Will only test weekly to see how things are going.

    Regarding the rocks and curing. The rocks contain nitrosomas and nitrobacters, same as in normal biological filtration. But with me adding the "new" prepared salt water I killed some and they need time to regrow or cure.

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    Cured rock is also a lot more expensive than uncured

    can’t remember if I mentioned, but a year or two ago, I was really keen to go over to the “dark side”.
    Problem is that I go away for work for a week or so at least twice a year. And also family holidays etc. When I am away, a friend from around the corner comes round to feed etc, and he’s comfortable with fresh water. But I would worry about a marine system. So I haven’t followed the dream. Maybe one day.
     
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    Ahhhh the dream
     
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    Just do it. You have nothing to loose and your friend can learn something new as well

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    Not at the moment.
    The project is on the very edge of affordability for me and can’t make any mistakes.
    As for my friend. He does me a big favour coming round 2 or 3 times a week. As much as he would probably be happy to take on marine if I asked him to, I feel that it wouldn’t be fair.

    But it is definitely something for the future
     
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